A run of three defeats on the bounce was ended by a local-derby triumph for HUCKNALL WARRIORS UNDER-18S RED at home to HUCKNALL HARRIER UNDER-18S in the Sunday Second Division of the NOTTS YOUTH LEAGUE.
Third-placed Warriors beat ninth-placed Harrier 3-0 in a match full of attractive passing football from both sides, despite a strong wind.
After an early goal from man-of-the-match Alex Cook had been disallowed for offside, the home team took an 18th minute lead when an inspired pass by Regan Scott found Alex Galloway, who controlled before placing a low shot into the net.
Only eight minutes later, Scott was influential again with a stinging shot from the edge of the box that the Harrier ‘keeper failed to hold, enabling Ash Roberts to pounce from short range.
Harrier responded well, creating plenty of danger and even hitting the underside of the bar. But with goalkeeper Adam Treece making some crucial saves, the Warriors backline was more resolute than in recent weeks.
The points were sealed in the 69th minute when Scott’s corner came out to Luke Atter, who coolly rifled the ball into the roof of the net.
Despite their win, Warriors remain seven points behind leaders BULWELL RANGERS UNDER-18S, who strengthened their title chances with a 3-1 victory over Inter City. Liam Towle (2) and Kyle Nutt shared the goals, while Josh Lowe took the man-of-the-match award.
SECOND-half goals from substitutes Charlie Blatherwick and Dante Diriso and then James Hallam secured HUCKNALL SPORTS UNDER-15S WHITE a deserved 3-0 win over Hyson Green Cavaliers in the Saturday First Division.
In a goalless, frustrating first period, played in a howling wind, Sports couldn’t find a route to goal, despite the welcome return from a three-month injury lay-off by skipper James Stenson.
But Blatherwick broke the deadlock within minutes of going on, dribbling past three defenders with an exquisite piece of skill before smashing into the bottom corner.
Ten minutes later, the same player cleverly played in Diriso, who took his chance well;. And the points were sealed when striker Hallam burst past his markers to drive past the onrushing ‘keeper.
The other big talking-point of the game was a breathtaking double-save by goalie Kal Orton, who dived to his left to parry a shot and then flipped the point-blank follow-up shot over the bar. However, the man-of-the-match award went to ever-present centre-half Joe Newton.
GOALS from Robbie Brown and Jake Wood earned HUCKNALL SPORTS UNDER-16S WHITE their fourth win of the Saturday Second Division season. Sports triumphed 2-1 at mid-table Gonerby.
RAMPANT HUCKNALL SPORTS UNDER-15S RED made it 11 wins from 12 at the top of the Sunday First Division with a 9-1 mauling of bottom team Netherfield Boys Gold. Ethan Barnes fired a hat-trick, while Jacob Rizdon (2), Jarrod Davis, man-of-the-match Adam Morley, Josh Brown and Jayden Miller were also on target.