DISGRUNTLED fans are beginning to voice their displeasure as Hucknall Town fade out of promotion contention in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, Division One South.
After last season’s disastrous relegation, the Town ship had been steadied by Tommy Brookbanks, who guided the side into the top five before he quit in October.
But a promising start under new boss Des Lyttle has now evaporated with five consecutive defeats and a slide to ninth in the table after a run of just 15 points from 14 league games under the former Nottingham Forest defender.
After the Boxing Day loss, one supporter wrote on the club’s fans’ forum website: “I said I would wait until Christmas before I judged Des Lyttle’s performance as manager. Well it’s arrived and I’ve got to say I’m not impressed.
“We have gone from being a decent, entertaining side to one that lacks ideas, creativity and commitment.
“The performance against Ilkeston was totally inept. So many players turned away from challenges that I thought the ball was on fire.”
Meanwhile Kevin Wilson was pleased that his return to Hucknall, where he was controversially sacked in January 2007, resulted in victory.
Wilson described third-placed Ilkeston’s performance as “competent without being spectacular” but was delighted by his side’s first clean sheet since mid-November.
“We need to produce more clean sheets on a much more regular basis,” he said. “Our new goalkeeper Dan Lowson (who is on loan from Alfreton Town) had very little to do on his debut but his mere presence gave confidence to our back four.
“I thought we bossed the game for long periods and once we doubled our lead, we didn’t have too many problems.”
Wilson was also pleased by the fourth goal in as many games for Jack Watts since he signed him from Frickley Athletic.
Among the signings during his 11-month stay at Hucknall was striker Liam Hearn. It almost beggars belief that Hearn was allowed to leave the club, for free, by one of Wilson’s successors, David Lloyd, but is now one of the leading marksmen in the Blue Square Bet Premier for Grimsby Town.