Fresh from their county cup heroics, GREEN DRAGON built on a new-found revival by racing to their first victory of the season in the Notts Sunday Morning League’s (NSML) Premier Premier Division.
Dragon had ended the long, unbeaten run of Kirkby Town to reach the semi-finals of the Notts FA Sunday Senior County Cup the previous week.
And they followed up by hammering Nuthall 5-1 to move off the bottom of the table in style.
The game could not have started better as they applied early pressure on the big wide pitch at Maple Drive. Midfielder Jack Matthews supplied a marvellous through-ball and brother Kane Matthews finished with confidence.
Moments later, a run by left-winger Calum Curtis resulted in a cross-cum-shot that sneaked in at the near post.
And then substitute Chris Fletcher, on for injured centre-back Rob Neale, made it 3-0 when a mistimed shot from Jonny Bernard fell at his feet.
Nuthall did cut the deficit before the interval when a through ball gave Jake Fisher time and space to slot over advancing ‘keeper Jamie Taylor.
But another substitute, Keiran Clarke, soon had Dragon up and running again, minutes after replacing injured defender Ben Smith. Clarke’s quick feet caused mayhem and earned a penalty that Kane Matthews sank.
Nuthall did not help their cause when having a player sent off midway through the half.
Dragon took full advantage with their fifth goal when Fletcher pounced after Kane Matthews had rounded the ‘keeper for a shot that cannoned off a post.
DRAGON LINE-UP (3-1-5-1) -- Taylor J./ Lewis, Neale, Smith B./ Sisson/ Bernard J., Matthews J., Haskey, Matthews K., Curtis/ Taylor D. Subs: Fletcher, Clarke.
GOALS from Ross Garfield and Jamie Brown were not enough to prevent a resounding defeat for Hucknall side ATHLETICO T8’S in Premier Division Two of the NSML.
Athletico went down 5-2 to high-flying Birchover Park, who have yet to drop a npoint this term.
The visitors’ five goals were shared by Sam McElroy (2), James Owen, Nathan Woolley and Jordan Richardson.
IN Senior Division Two, THE NABB INN were made to struggle for the win against struggling Heath Hill, who could field only ten men.
Mid-table Nabb limped to a 2-0 success after goals from Kermarnae McIndoe and Jason Whalley.