A TASTY local derby against old rivals Eastwood Town awaits Hucknall Town in the quarter-finals of the Notts FA Senior County Cup.
And that means a welcome return to Watnall Road for ex-manager John Ramshaw, who is currently in charge of the beleaguered Badgers.
Ramshaw spent seven glorious years at Town between 1994 and 2001 when he guided them to two promotions into the Unibond Northern Premier League, Premier Division and eight major honours, including the county cup three times.
Ironically, he also led The Yellows to a scintillating 8-0 victory over Eastwood in the county cup in February 2011. But later that year, he was controversially sacked by the then new chairman, Brian Holmes.
For most of the last decade, Hucknall and Eastwood have remained the highest-ranked non-league clubs in the county. The Badgers have reached the last seven Senior Cup finals, winning six. But Hucknall’s recent woes have been mirrored at Coronation Park over the past year.
Former chairman Rob Yong walked out after the club were denied the chance to win promotion to the Blue Square Bet Premier because their ground was not up to scratch. And a brief spell at the start of this season under new owner, ex-Hucknall coach Jamie Brough, who bought the club for just £1, resulted in disaster.
Brough also managed the team, alongside current Hucknall player/coach Craig Armstrong. But amid a financial crisis, they sank towards the bottom of the table where they have remained ever since.
Eastwood have yet to win under Ramshaw, losing ten and drawing five of their last 15 league games. And relegation back to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League looks nailed on.
The Senior Cup quarter-final takes place on Tuesday March 3.