Derby thrillers follow cup semi shootout despair for Hucknall Town

LIAM BURLEY -- scored Hucknall Warrors' winner.
LIAM BURLEY -- scored Hucknall Warrors' winner.

Two thrilling local derbies followed cup semi-final drama to light up the NOTTS SUNDAY MORNING LEAGUE in the latest round of matches.

In a Premier Premier Division basement battle, HUCKNALL TOWN SUNDAY hit back from 2-0 down to defeat HALF MOON 4-2 and continue their eyecatching revival. And in a Senior Second Division promotion clash, BESTWOOD MINERS WELFARE ahared an exciting 3-3 draw with THE NABB INN.

Bottom-of-the-table Moon had beaten Town back in September in what remains the only match all season where they have avoided defeat. And they looked on course for a double after goals in the first 20 minutes from striker Danny Taylor, including a terrific looping header.

But despite the presence of veteran ex-Hucknall Town goalkeeper Dave McCarthy at the heart of their defence, Moon allowed The Yellows to level by the break and add two more goals in the second half. The home side’s scorers were Dan Draycott, Tom Hubbard, Carl Willow and Charistian Mantezola, who sealed the points late on by heading home Draycott’s cross.

The victory helped to dampen Town’s disappointment at going out of the league cup semi-finals in midweek after a penalty shootout against league leaders Nuthall.

They did remarkably well to hold a Nuthall side, who had thrashed them 8-1 in the league only three weeks earlier, to a goalless draw after 90 minutes and extra-time. However, they lost the shootout 5-4 after their fourth spot-kick had been saved by goalkeeper Stuart Lewis.

The Bestwood-Nabb draw suited neither side in the race for promotion, particularly the home side who have had three points deducted for a disciplinary transgression.

Bestwood, whose goals were scored by Adam Price-Henson (2) and Tremayne Bryan, are now fully 13 points behind the second-placed side, although they have six games in hand. While Nabb, whose goals were netted by Dominic Masotano (2) and Shane Brown, sit fourth, three points off second with three games in hand and one off third with a game in hand.

A SINGLE goal from Liam Burley was enough for HUCKNALL WARRIORS’ senior side to complete a double over GCS in the Third Division of the EMPAL SUNDAY LEAGUE.

Burley struck after only four minutes when controlling a superb ball over the top by Jeremy Moran and flicking over the ‘keeper. Warriors’ man-of-the-match Ren Cooke also went close, but in a nervy finale, Sam Toplis headed off the line.