Hucknall Town AFC’s youngsters deservedly tasted victory for the first time at step seven with a great team performance in the face of adversity as they won 2-1 at Blidworth MW in the CMFL South.
Town were without veteran Craig Maddison, injured in the draw with Linby, and he was replaced by Alex Arnold who travelled down from Manchester where he is studying at university.
Ben Wapplington replaced Adam Moran who was completing his coaching badge.
From the off Town imposed themselves with Kamar Davies and Wapplington giving Blidworth’s full-backs a torrid time.
Several half chances were spurned before 17-year-old striker Jake Thomas scored with a neat header from a Tom Crisp cross.
Blidworth had a few half chances but failed to hit the target.
The second-half began well for Town and they extended their lead when Thomas turned his marker and fired past the Blidworth keeper.
Town should have scored a third within minutes but for three goal line clearances in succession.
The game then took a dramatic turn when in the 60th minute as Town keeper James Beddingham was carried off with a suspected dislocated elbow, having to be replaced by 16-year-old Macauley Spencer.
But he lasted just five minutes before being sent off for bringing down Blidworth’s striker for a professional foul.
Town’s assistant manager Paul Stevenson came off the bench to be the third keeper of the game but could do nothing with the well-taken penalty
Blidworth piled forward but Town’s defence held firm and in the last seconds Crisp broke clear after Blidworth’s keeper had got stranded coming up for a corner. His run from the his own box saw him chased in comical fashion by six Blidworth outfield players and keeper, but his eventual shot trickled agonisingly wide before the final whistle blew.