It was definitely not a case of third time lucky for HUCKNALL TOWN SUNDAY in the quarter-finals of the Notts FA Sunday Senior County Cup.
For their tie away to Notts Sunday Morning League (NSML), Premier Premier Divisioon rivals, Trentside, had to be postponed yet again because of a waterlogged pitch. The two teams try for a fourth time this Sunday when the winners will be rewarded with a semi-final against another NSML top-flight outfit, Nuthall, in February. The second semi will be between RHP Sports and Social Club, of Newark, and Attenborough Cavaliers.
Trentside’s absence from action enabled both Old Colonial and Carlton Top Spot to leap above them in the league, with the latter defeating Hucknall side, HALF MOON 3-1 .
Meanwhile in Premier Division One, two of the four Hucknall teams were in action -- but neither had mornings to remember. ATHLETICO T8’S slipped to their sixth defeat in eight starts -- this time at home to title-chasing Robin Hood. Goals from Adam Parkinson, Peter Frame and Gary Fountain sealed a 3-0 success for the visitors, who duly extended their unbeaten run in the league to eight games.
Athletico are now in danger of sliding into the relegation zone, where BARFLYS H2O already find themselves after a 4-1 reverse away to top-of-the-table ABP. The Hucknall side played their part in an enthralling match, however, despite going two down in the first half to goals from Ed Smyth.
Lewis Early halved the deficit for Barflys 20 minutes from the end. But any hopes of a dream fightback were quashed by further ABP strikes from Sam Stansfield, who converted a penalty after Dave Hickman had been felled, and Ayo Abbis.
In Senior Division Two, BESTWOOD MINERS WELFARE got their campaign back on track with a terrific 2-1 success at home to leaders Carlton Top Spot Reserves. Adam Price-Henson and Nathan Robinson bagged the goals.