Yellows plug Leeks to keep clean sheet

CRUCIAL GOAL -- Sebastian Lake-Gaskin opened the scoring against Leek
CRUCIAL GOAL -- Sebastian Lake-Gaskin opened the scoring against Leek
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THE TOPSY-turvy form of Hucknall Town continued as a late show fired them to an impressive victory over promotion-playoff hopefuls Leek Town in Division One South of the Evo-Stik Premier League.

The Yellows’ promotion bid had been all but buried the previous week with a damaging reverse at home to bottom side Quorn.

So they had a point to prove at Leek and did just that with two strikes in the final 13 minutes.

First youngster Seb Lake-Gaskin broke the deadlock. A short free-kick was delivered into the box where defender Glyn Mellor saw his attempted clearance ricochet off a Hucknall player and fall into the path of Lake-Gaskin, who made no mistake to fire home through a sea of legs.

Then the points were secured in the 82nd minute when Grant Ryan broke free down the left and delivered an inch-perfect cross for the unmarked Theo Smith to complete the simple task of a tap-in.

Leek did launch a late rally with substitute Dan Cope crashing a header off the bar and Ricky Bridge forcing a fingertip save from James Lindley, but it was too little, too late.

The victory was a real fillip for Hucknall after the previous week’s debacle. They went into the match with a slightly different formation with the sprightly Lake-Gaskin playing in the hole behind lone front man Grant Ryan.

What’s more it did the trick as Hucknall looked a more difficult side to break down and were able to command much more possession as they defended from the front.

The Yellows were in command in the opening exchanges but it wasn’t until the 14th minute that they came close to scoring when Lake-Gaskin tried his luck from distance. When called into action, Hucknall ‘keeper James Lindley was alert to keep a rare clean sheet and it was Hucknall who came closer still when Anthony Gregory’s well-struck shot found the outside of a post and the rebound was hacked clear.

The Hucknall outfit thoroughly deserved their victory, which ended a run of four games without a point in the league.

Although not mathematically completely out of the play-off equation, it would take a massive turnaround in their eight remaining fixtures for them to figure.