GREEN Dragon progressed to the quarter-finals of the Notts Sunday Morning League (NSML)Premier Knockout Cup for the first time with a 2-1 win over Old Colonial.
Against the wind, Dragon started out with purpose and built up attacks constructively but found themselves against a well-organised and disciplined defence and a tall, agile keeper in really good form.
Dragon kept Old Colonial on their toes for the majority of the first half although the visitors showed in spells that they too could pass the ball around, but did not have a finishing product in the final third of the pitch.
A goalless first-half was followed by an action-packed second.
Dragon were well on top and had several good shots saved by the Old Colonial keeper, especially a screamer from midfielder Josh Haskey.
Fittingly it was the Hucknall side who took the lead — but not before they had got out of jail when an Old Colonial striker totally missed an open goal.
After yet another good passing build up, midfielder Jack Matthews found space to deliver a measured ball into the Old Colonial penalty area to winger Jonny Bernard, who volleyed in an unstoppable shot.
Dragon soon netted again — this time striker Kane Matthews was on hand to clinically finish and give the sprawling keeper no chance.
The game then got scrappy and physical and Old Colonial pulled one back through Scott Litchfield, but Dragon kept their composure and easily saw the game out.
n IN the same competition, hosts Premiere Travel traded blows with Nuthall, as Ryan Johnson put the visitors ahead only for James Bride to haul the home side level.
Nuthall went ahead again on the hour through Tyrone Burton but Jake Bennett equalised three minutes later and it was nip and tuck to the last couple of minutes when Nuthall grabbed the initiative and the game with second goals from Johnson and Burton at the death.
n IN Premier Division One of the NSML, leaders Station Hotel led Medz Reds 3-0 with two goals from Elliott Christie and one by Robert Needham.
Reds lifted their game in the second period but strikes from Jamie Carlton and Calam Bradford proved fruitless.
n DISAPPOINTED The Empire fell 5-3 at home to FC Sparta in Senior Division Two,
Damien Larcombe, Nick Clayton and Luke Thompson with Empire’s goals, Donato Montano with a hat-trick among the Sparta scorers.
n INJURIES and illness took their toll on the Athletico T8s squad as they fell 10-1 at home to Mellish in the Notts Sunday Combination’s Premier Division.
T8s were 2-0 down inside ten minutes and seven behind at half-time, but despite a second-half improvement, including an Aiden England goal and Matt Monk’s free-kick hitting the post, Mellish scored three further goals to round off a resounding victory.