Town come out on top in the Hucknall derby

Hucknall (yellow/Black) v Linby (red/Black) - Niall Thompson celebrates his opening goal with teammates - pic by James Williamson
Hucknall (yellow/Black) v Linby (red/Black) - Niall Thompson celebrates his opening goal with teammates - pic by James Williamson

Hucknall Town came out on top of Boxing Day’s local derby clash with Hucknall Rolls Leisure, thanks to a 2-0 win.

And like the previous game,, Hucknall spent most of the match down to 10 men.

Town were on the front foot from the first whistle, Kajally Danso and Niall Thompson testing the Rolls keeper.

Cameron Davidson turned in the box and his shot was scrambled off the line.

Rolls looked for the long ball but Joe Atkinson was marshalling the Town backline excellently and his fellow defenders were in command.

Within the space of four minutes Town were two up.

Thompson left several defenders for dead before scoring from a tight angle and then he picked out the unmarked Tom Crisp who smashed home the second.

A cross from Danso flew into the Rolls box and Town’s Davidson appeared to be bundled into the ball with his arm raised high, the referee judging it handball and cautioning him.

This was then followed by a second yellow and a red when Davidson pulled the shirt of a Rolls midfielder.

In the second half Town allowed Rolls more of the ball and countered, as they did not need to chase the game on a heavy pitch that had needed miraculous work by Town’s groundsman.

James Beddingham made a good save from Rolls’ first real effort with Dave Leak mopping up the loose ball.

Town always looked threatening when breaking out but sloppy finishing prevented them from extending their lead.

Rolls had another chance when their striker was sent clear but his curling shot came back off the crossbar.

Town themselves hit the crossbar from a well worked free-kick, with everyone thinking Thompson would shoot he played a nice short side ways pass to Michael Banister whose shot rose over the keeper but hit the bar.

Town then were awarded a penalty when Josh Henry was flattened by a Rolls defender who somehow escaped without even a yellow, even though he was apparently the last man.

Unfortunately Leon Aikman’s tame shot failed to put the icing on the cake of an excellent Town performance, with Rolls keeper saving and the scoreline remaining 2-0.

Town boss Andy Graves was delighted: “I thought we controlled large parts of the game and even when we went down to 10 men we still looked threatening.

“I have no complaints about the sending off; I think Cammy just likes showering on his own.

“We seem to pick up silly cautions which need to be cut out on our part and it’s not as they are not for bad challenges or that we are a physical side.

Hucknall Town: James Beddingham, Cayne Maxwell, Dave Leak, Joe Atkinson, Elliott Pitt, Kajally Danso, Michael Banister, Leon Aikman, Cameron Davison, Tom Crisp, Niall Thompson. Subs Used: Josh Henry, Ben Waplington.

Subs Not Used: Adam Nelson, Montel Gatland.

Man of the Match: Thompson.

Hucknall have signed local lad Joe Ashurst from Radford.