THE POST denied Hucknall Town a last-ditch point as their pursuit of their first victory of the season continues in Division One South of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.
Trailing 2-1 against Northwich Victoria on Saturday, The Yellows mounted a late bid to find a leveller.
Five minutes from time, substitute Kyle Ludlow was introduced by Town boss Brett Marshall and it aalmost paid dividends as a Jamie Brown cross was only half cleared.
Ludlow struck for goal but his shot cannoned off the post.
Earlier in the day, Town, featuring new midfield signing Lee Mellon, got off to the best possible start as a slide-rule pass from Chris Baugh found Karl Slack in the box. He did well to hold off his marker before rifling home from the edge of the box in the third minute.
But the lead lasted only eight minutes as Lee Dodgson oplayed a quick one-two in the box and slid past the helpless Jason Fisher in the Town goal.
Northwich then took control of the game with most of the football being played in the Hucknall half.
Fisher did well to turn away Paul Mooney’s 25-yard shot as the ball swerved in the air and Joe Guest also tried his luck from distance but was high and wide.
Connor Roberts saw his free kick go wide before home debutant Mellon slid to keep Chris Luby’s shot off the line. Dodgson was then denied by a good covering challenge from Danny Hayes.
The Yellows did manage to get out of their half and it was Slack who won a corner after a well-timed challenge from Calum Henry, but Ben Good was then penalised for a push in the box.
From the resulting free kick, The Vics broke quickly and Dodgson robbed home skipper Corey Nightingale and ran down the left before whipping in a cross that Chris Luby flicked home at the near post for what proved to be the winner.
Northwich were happy to sit back and defend their lead in the second half as Town tried all they could muster to get back into the game.
Unfortunately they couldn’t manage it and with three defeats on the spin, their next challenge is against Lincoln City on Tuesday night.
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