Cock-a-hoop GREEN DRAGON claimed their first local-derby scalp since arriving in the Notts Sunday Morning League’s top flight when beating Hucknall rivals, BARFLYS H2O.
Languishing near the foot of the Premier Premier Division table, both sides were badly in need of points from the match, which was the first of two back-to-back clashes.
But it was Norma Hatfield’s Dragon who emerged victorious, 3-1, to make it three wins out of four in all competitions.
Lively Barflys started best, only for the visitors to take the lead midway through the first half when midfielder Josh Haskey slotted a through ball into the path of Danny Taylor, who burst clear and rounded the ‘keeper.
After the break, Barflys switched to a more attacking shape, and they almost levelled when Ben Samuels sprinted away for a one-on-one in which goalkeeper Jamie Taylor narrowed his angles perfectly.
Dragon rubbed salt into their wounds with a second goal when a quick throw by Danny Taylor found Jonny Bernard, who whipped a shot, low and true, from the right side of the box across a helpless ‘keeper.
Although Tom Coupe pulled one back for Barflys from close range, the visitors sealed the points when a free-kick from just outside the area was delightfully placed into the top corner by Kane Matthews.
THREE Hucknall teams in the Third Round (last 16) of the Notts Sunday Morning League’s Premier Section Cup met with mixed fortunes.
Out went STATION HOTEL (HUCKNALL) and THE EMPIRE. But through to the quarter-finals went league champions T8’S.
Reece Jackson’s troops cantered to a comfortable 4-2 victory against Edwalton, who are struggling near the foot of the division two levels below them. After taking the lead when Alistair Murray made the most of good work down the left by Nick Davies, T8’s did get a scare as Edwalton responded with two quickfire goals in as many minutes.
However they were the only shots they mustered all game, and the home side soon recovered their composure.
Andy Start equalised, Davies made it 3-2 and two more efforts struck the woodwork before Start wrapped it up, latching on to an inch-perfect pass by Chay Bettridge to lob the ‘keeper.
As for Station, they went down 1-0 at home to Premier Division rivals Carlton Top Spot, whose scorer was Darren Oldham.
While Second Division Empire crashed 5-0 at home to First Division title-chasers Wollaton Pirates, whose marksmen were Roy Killeavy (3), Alex Doyle and Liam Honeyman.
A similar pasting was dished out to another Hucknall side, ATHLETICO T8’S, in a Premier Second Division fixture at ABP, who sailed to a 7-0 win with David Hickman netting four.