Fans flock back as free-scoring Hucknall Town make a perfect start

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Fans are returning in numbers to Hucknall Town as they continued their fantastic start to the new season with a 4-0 FA Vase win over Stapenhill last weekend.

That made it 19 goals scored and only one conceded and a 100 per cent Central Midlands League South record as they head into this Saturday’s crunch home game with leaders Sherwood Colliery when boss Andy Graves is hoping to see last weekend’s 109 crowd surpassed.

Graves said: “Crowds steadily increased last season and that has definitely continued this season. The vocal support is getting better and it’s getting louder behind the goal. It’s starting to sound like the old days which is nice. It really helps the players and they appreciate it.

“It would be nice to see more for the big game this Saturday and it helps that Forest are away. That might get us a few more who want to watch a game. If we keep winning and we keep playing well I know crowds will increase.

“Some supporters who watch us went to Spain recently and met some other people from Nottingham, who go to watch Forest. They told them they supported Hucknall and these people turned up with them last week and said afterwards how good it had been and that they would come again. That’s the sort of thing we want to encourage. We want to try to do things right and the football here is good.

“This is a very competitive league from top to bottom. Anyone can beat anyone on the day and one of the non-League papers recently said that our league is the hardest to get promotion from at step seven in the country.”

However, despite that, Graves said he wasn’t surprised how well his side had started.

“I am not surprised at all and, to be perfectly honest, I don’t believe we have yet performed as well as we did in pre-season yet when we played against some bigger sides,” he said.

“The goals are coming from different players, not just strikers, which is pleasing. We are not relying on one player. Also, our main striker Niall Thompson has now scored four in two games after a bit of a barren spell, which is good.

“We know it will be a tough game this Saturday and another marker for the season, as was the game at Pinxton.

“At Pinxton we overcame going behind to score four in the second half. Not many teams will come away from Pinxton with a win this season let alone score four goals there.

“I know Saturday won’t be the be all and end all for us, but if we win we will have a game in hand and be able to put a few points between us and Sherwood, who I have said all along are one of the big contenders for the title.”

Hucknall were the only Central Midlands League side to progress in the Vase from the six that played last weekend and Graves said: “We have survived into the next round which is good for us and good for the league. We are now the club flying the flag for the league.”