Yellows prepare for FA Trophy challenge

CROCKED -- player/manager Dean Barrick suffered a broken leg in the 2005 final
CROCKED -- player/manager Dean Barrick suffered a broken leg in the 2005 final

Hucknall Town begin their FA Trophy campaign this weekend against Market Drayton Town at Watnall Road, with manager Brett Marshall keen to see a change in his side’s luck.

The Yellows have only recorded one win so far this season but haven’t had the rub of the green in many of their matches, something Marshall is keen to see change.

And with Town able to look back on a good history in the FA Trophy, having reached the final at Villa Park in 2005, Marshall is keen to go on a good run again.

He said: “It’s my first experience of the FA Trophy and that’s also the case for many of the players, but the fans know what it’s all about and it would be great to do well.

“We’re up against a side who are in our division and who I went to see last week. They’re a team of good, strong players but they have one or two weak links as well so I feel they’re certainly beatable.

“I still feel we’re not a million miles away, we’ve just not been having much luck in recent games.

“We’ve regularly hit the woodwork, have goalkeeper spilling the ball but it falling the wrong side of our players, and then given away sloppy goals.

“But the levels of fitness and confidence are improving and that will only benefit us in the future.”

Last Saturday saw Hucknall lose 1-0 at Brigg in a match Marshall again felt aggrieved to come away with nothing from.

“I think if we’d won 4-2 or 5-2 it would have been more than fair,” he said.

“We conceded a bad goal but created lots of opportunities and again didn’t get the luck in front of goal.”

Meanwhile, Marshall says he has come to agreement with League Two side Burton Albion to sign two players on loan until January 31.

Defender Jack Green and striker Evan Garnett are both first year professionals at the Pirelli Stadium, and having used links with Albion coach Mike Whitlow, a deal was done.

Marshall said: “Burton manager Gary Rowett has very kindly let us have these two players until the end of January as he sees it as a great chance for them to get some regular first-team football.

“They’re both young and eager and wanting to play, as well as being fit full-time players who will continue to train with Burton as well as joining us for our two sessions a week.

“The added bonus is that they’re not costing us anything either.

“We’re not resting on our laurels as freshening up the team is often beneficial and it will be great to have the two lads with us.”