WHEN the end-of-season presentation takes place at Hucknall Town, the trip to Goole is unlikely to be remembered with fond affection.
A savagely depleted squad that included no fewer than seven youngsters from the club’s reserve-team fell to a 3-1 defeat in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
No blame for the reverse could be attached to the hard-working youngsters, who included starters Alex Arnold, Sam Sims and Austin Wallace.
But Town rarely threatened their mid-table rivals in an ordinary match that bore all the symptoms of end-of-season irrelevance.
Without defenders Lee McAnulty and James Price, The Yellows were really down to bare bones. So The Vikings were not stretched to extend their recent unbeaten record to six matches.
Goole, who were playing the likes of Hucknall Rolls Leisure in the Central Midlands League not too long ago, have made excellent progress up the non-league ladder.
They could only attract a tiny crowd for what was the 100th appearance for the club of prolific striker Vill Powell, who was a subsitite for Grays Athletic against The Yellows in the 2005 FA Trophy final.
But they all but sealed the points with two goals in the final seven minutes of the opening half, courtesy of Tim Council and Matt Stirland, who produced fine finishes to end well-worked moves.
Council struck again on 77 when running on to Matthew Bloor’s through-ball to round ‘keeper James Lindley. And Town’s consolation came in injury-time from young sub Tom Crisp, making his debut.