A HARD-fought local derby between Hucknall Warriors and Hucknall Sports saw the home side come out winners by a single goal in the Notts Youth League U18 third division.
Warriors defender Tyler Stafford came closest to opening the scoring in the opening stages as his searing shot just blazed wide of the far post.
Hucknall Sports then produced a well worked move that saw Warriors defender Josh Kitchen put in an excellent last ditch tackle to put the ball out for a corner.
Danny Locker kept the ball in play at the by-line, his pass to Regan Scott producing a point blank save from the ever alert visiting goal keeper.
Locker had an opportunity before Sports seemed to have scored but after immense pressure on the home goal, Liam Burley cleared to safety close to the line.
Both teams had opportunities with Burley putting his shot from a Macauley Spencer corner just wide and goal keeper Adam Treece tipping the ball away to safety at the other end.
Sam Stewart saved Warriors’ blushes with some decisive defending as a Hucknall Sports striker beat three players before the towering defender stopped him in his tracks.
Scott was working tirelessly and with Treece putting in a commanding performance in goal Warriors were perhaps unlucky not to go in front just before half-time but Spencer’s header was headed off the line to safety.
Warriors again came close at the start of the second half as Spencers’ shot fell to Locker, but the Sports goalkeeper again made a great save bravely catching the ball at the feet of the striker.
Treece then made another crucial stop but was unable to stop the rebound from being netted . However, the goal was ruled offside and disallowed.
Spencer then forced another fantastic save out of the visiting goalkeeper, his shot being pushed up onto the bar and clear.
Warriors’ defence were solid and resolute with Lewis Nixon, Jack Dainty, Stafford, Kitchen and Stewart all contributing towards keeping a clean sheet.
As the second half progressed both teams began to tire but continued to surge forward with Paice Lees, Alex Galloway and Jac Stevenson pushing forward from midfield for Warrior.
With less than 10 minutes to go, Warriors sealed the points when Stafford drove through midfield and passed to Galloway, whose cracking cross was met by the head of Spencer, who made no mistake from short range as he beat the excellent visiting keeper for the only goal of an entertaining game.
In the Notts Youth League U18 Division Four, Bulwell Rangers remain one point behind fourth-placed Gedling Southbank Blue in the table with a 1-1 away draw.
Adam Bryant netted for the home side with Joel Deavin levelling for Bulwell for whom Maccauley Maddock turned in a man of the match performance.
Hucknall Warriors under 18s hit another milestone this week as lively winger Alex Galloway notched up his 250th game for the team. Galloway, who has been a regular in the team since his arrival at the club, scoring 43 goals, topped off his day with an excellent assist in Warriors’ one-nil win in the local derby against Hucknall Sports.
Alex is shown here with manager Paul Burley and coach Steve Galloway collecting his 250th appearance trophy.