THE RELEGATION worries of Hucknall Town deepened last Saturday (February 12) as they slumped to their fifth defeat in their six last games.
Town lost 1-0 at Chasetown to continue their woeful start to 2011 in the Premier Division of the Evo-Stik League.
Tommy Brookbanks’ side have not won a game since the turn of the year and have only picked up a dismal one point from a possible 18.
All in all, the worrying run has seen them transform from play-off hopefuls to relegation candidates in little more than a month.
At Chasetown, who are flying along in the FA Trophy this season, The Yellows failed to replicate the goal-scoring touch they rediscovered in the Evo-Stik League Cup against Carlton Town when they notched five.
Instead, they fell to a goal in the second minute from striker Dean Perrow, who glanced home a header from a right-wing free-kick.
The few chances The Yellows created were either squandered by wasteful finishing or thwarted by inspired goalkeeping.
Striker Tyeisse ‘TJ’ Nightingale went closest for Town in the first half, but saw his shot whistle just past a post.
The home side created the best chances. Winger Danny Smith forced a fingertip save from ‘keeper Ross Whalin, before Yellows full-back Fabian Smith cleared a Perrow shot off the line.
In the second half Whalin made an unbelievable double save to keep the scoreline at 1-0.
Town’s best chances fell to Nightingale and both were headers. The first should have been scored but the striker inexplicably headed over when unmarked. The second was well-saved down low by ‘keeper Ryan Price.
TOWN LINE-UP — Whalin/ Smith, Pheasant, Brindley, Diuk, Ball, Lloyd, Chambers, Nightingale, Gill, Whitman. Subs: Holmes, Burge, Griffith Junior, Clare, Gent.
CROWD — 416.