DISCONSOLATE Hucknall Town are having to come to terms with relegation after two dismal results over the Easter weekend saw them booted out of the Premier Division of the Evo-Stik League.
The Yellows went into the holiday facing two do-or-die fixtures — the first against high-riding Colwyn Bay at Watnall Road on Easter Saturday (April 23) and the second against their local-derby rivals, Worksop Town, on Easter Monday (April 25).
Before the double-header, Hucknall were fifth from bottom with four sides to go down.
Retford United and Ossett Town had already been relegated.
So it was between Hucknall, Burscough, Frickley Athletic and Nantwich Town.
But by the time the final ball had been kicked and the dust had settled on Easter Monday, Hucknall found themselves third from bottom and looking at a future that will see them in Division One.
For they first lost 1-0 to Colwyn Bay, for whom John Newby scored the only goal of the game in the 48th minute in front of a paltry crowd of just 185.
And then they went down 2-0 away at Worksop. The irony being that Hucknall were once Worksop’s landlords when they shared Watnall Road a couple of seasons ago.
In the crucial game against The Tigers, Hucknall were 1-0 down to a strike from Jamie Jackson in the 54th minute.
But in the latter stages, had The Yellows found a leveller at the death, they would have been saved from the drop on goal-difference, sending Frickley and Burscough down.
But as they pushed forward for the crucial goal, Ben Tomlinson rubbed salt into the wounds and scored in injury time for the home side.
The hierarchy at Watnall Road, including manager Tommy Brookbanks, now face a long, hard summer trying to revive the club’s fortunes.
SEE THIS FRIDAY’S DISPATCH FOR FULL MATCH REPORTS AND REACTION TO THE RELEGATION