THE PLEASURE and the pain of Hucknall Town’s tough league season was encapsulated in the first 35 minutes of their ill-fated trip to Leek Town.
Looking to bounce back strongly after their 5-0 reverse at the hands of Kidsgrove Athletic, The Yellows made the perfect start with Alex Ford putting them in front after just two minutes.
Hucknall looked in control and in better shape to earn a first Evo-Stik Northern Premier League point for new bosses Ian Robinson and Gary Sucharewycz.
But a defensive lapse brought them back down to earth as Tim Grice equalised on 24 minutes for the homes side.
And things went from bad to worse just minutes later when Alton Reynalls was shown a straight red card for a midfield challenge.
Robinson believes it was a harsh decision as although Rennalls was off the ground he won the ball.
“There was a crunching sound, which I think was from his trailing leg,” said Robinson. “But I don’t think it should have been a straight red.”
Hucknall shuffled their pack but they were soon facing an uphill struggle as Leek skipper Matt Haddrell scored on 31 minutes and then Dan Shelley netted on 35 to put the hosts firmly in control.
In the second half, Hucknall tried to get back into the game against a side who were also at the wrong end of the table.
But a strike from Anthony Danylyk on 77 minutes and then a fifth Leek goal from Shelley three minutes into injury time sealed another miserable outing for The Yellows.
After the match, Robinson said of the sending off: “The Leek bench were up off their seats over the challenge, which I think was a bit over the top on their part.
“They apologised after the game. But when you are up against it thigs simly don’t go your way.”
After conceding ten goals in two matches, unsurprisingly Robinson says a priority is drafting in a commanding centre-half.