JOE Naylor struck in the 84th minute as Carlton Town beat local rivals Hucknall 1-0 at the Bill Stokeld Stadium on Wednesday night.
The win ended Hucknall’s run of three games unbeaten and leaves them fourth bottom of the table with 11 games played.
Carlton controlled most of the game but struggled to create clear opportunities against a Yellows defence featuring former Carlton man Danny Hayes.
Alistair Asher went closest in the first-half with a cross that almost dipped under the bar, while Martin Kearney made one save of note, diving low to save a close range header by Alex Ford.
The second period was more of the same as Carlton pressed forward throughout.
Sam MacVicar went closest when he struck the crossbar but just when it looked as if the visitors would hold out for a point, Naylor fired home from the edge of the box when Hucknall failed to deal with a MacVicar cross.
Hucknall boss Brett Marshall said: “We lost Alex Ford injured early on in the game which meant I had to re-shuffle the pack a little bit and put players in positions they’re perhaps not as comfortable with.
“So that didn’t help but obviously it’s disappointing to lose as we created a couple of good chances and it was some sloppy defending which led to the winner, although to be fair our new goalkeeper and the defence did well throughout.
“Carlton have a good side and it shows how tight the league is given they jumped up several places in the table with those three points, but I felt we certainly deserved a draw.”