‘There’s more to come from us,’ warns Hucknall Town boss Andy Graves

Hucknall (yellow/Black) v Linby (red/Black) - Hucknall Town manager Andy Graves - Pic by James Williamson
Hucknall (yellow/Black) v Linby (red/Black) - Hucknall Town manager Andy Graves - Pic by James Williamson

Andy Graves has sent a warning message to the rest of the league, stating “there’s more to come” from his Hucknall Town side.

Hucknall boast a 100 per cent record after three games this season and sit top of the Central Midlands South Division, after a 4-0 win over rivals Linby Colliery.

Wednesday night’s derby at Watnall Road saw Town overcome their neighbours thanks to goals from Kajally Danso, sub Cameron Davidson and a brace from Ben Waplington.

Graves’ men are yet to concede a goal - and have scored 11 - but the manager says there’s no risk of them getting carried away so early on in the season.

He said: “We know we can play a lot better. We set the standard pre-season against some tough sides and we’re yet to see that high level of performance so far this league campaign - there’s more to come from us.

“Looking at the league table you can’t really ask for more but I know they can play better and we have to take that as a positive. It’s still really early days and we’re not getting carried away.

“I’m keeping everyone’s feet firmly on the floor because I know we’ve got a long way to go and, I know it’s the old cliché, but it rings true to take each game as they come and not look too far ahead.”

Hucknall led Linby at the break but came out firing for the seconds half, scoring three more, after a few choice words from the coaching staff at half-time.

“I was pleased with it,” he said. “I wouldn’t say I was entirely happy with the performance, we played in fits and starts first half, but we were a lot better after the break after a chat.

“We needed more movement up front, to get closer to their players and put more pressure on the man with the ball. They had two experienced centre-halves and it was too easy for them at the back on the ball.

“Once we did that, they began to tire and we forced them into making mistakes. The quality of the third goal was something to behold. He took the ball on the run and controlled it without touching the floor.

“Linby are a good side and never gave in, even at three-nil, the second half from our point of view was a big improvement. We’re doing well, but I’m a manager and we’re never 100 per cent happy.”

Pinxton picked up their first league win of the season on Tuesday night away at Keyworth United and Graves’ side will not underestimate their old adversaries.

“We’ve got Pinxton on Saturday and that’ll be a test for us. They’ve been our nemesis in the past and we have to go up there with a view of taking three points. We’ll know where we are going after that match,” he added.