TOWN PREVIEW: Momentum key after Trophy win

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS -- Hucknall Town manager Brett Marshall and his players have been buoyed by their FA Trophy exploits -- DISPIC NHUD12-2191-5
ONWARDS AND UPWARDS -- Hucknall Town manager Brett Marshall and his players have been buoyed by their FA Trophy exploits -- DISPIC NHUD12-2191-5
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BOSS Brett Marshall revelled in Hucknall Town’s first home win of the season in the FA Trophy and believes the morale-boosting victory will provide his side with all-important momentum at Watnall Road.

Last Saturday’s Trophy win over Market Drayton Town in the Preliminary Round means Hucknall will face Newcastle Town at Watnall Road on September 29 — after the visit of Romulus today (Saturday) in Division One South of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.

And after seeing his side come back from a goal down to overcome Market Drayton, Marshall is keen for momentum to play a part.

He said: “It’s good to get a win as some of our performances in recent weeks have deserved more, but we’ve fallen just short.

“We’ve got another home game in the league on Saturday against a side in a similar position to us in the table, so it would be a great chance to put a little run together now, particularly with a home game in the next round of the FA Trophy too.”

Marshall says he was delighted with his players’ character as they came from behind on Saturday to secure their path forward and collect £2,300 in prize money along the way.

He said: “I’ve said for a while we had that kind of display coming as the players are becoming more understanding of the level now.

“I felt there was nothing between the sides in terms of fitness, strength and technical play, which given Market Drayton are a seasoned Evo-Stik side is encouraging.

“We were behind at half-time but had seen what I felt was a perfectly legitimate goal ruled out in the first-half, so we got the message to the players that although we were losing we were very much in the game and could still win it.

“They showed great character to do so in a good, solid second-half, and in the end we probably should have scored more given another goal was harshly disallowed and a handball by one of their defenders on the line was missed by the officials.

“But it was well deserved and hopefully the fans will now start to see that we’re slowly getting to grips with things.

“It was never going to be a case of flicking a switch and everything just working straight away. Patience was required and hopefully that will be rewarded.”

Marshall also praised his two new loan signings from Burton Albion, Evan Garnett and Jack Green.

Both played on Saturday and Marshall believes their influence and attitude could have a positive effect on the rest of the squad.

“The two lads are professionals and our players can learn a lot from them in certain respects, such is their application and attitude and the fact that this is their living,” he said.

“But I also feel being at this club could help Evan and Jack too as it can act as a reality check sometimes to come down to this kind of level and see what awaits them if their careers in professional football don’t work out.

“I felt both played very well and I contacted Burton boss Gary Rowett straight after the game to thank him again for letting us have them and to report that they earned a lot of credit.”