Five-star Hucknall Town rocket to within one point of top spot

GOOD EVANS -- Aaron Evans (left) was among Town's scorers in their five-star romp at Southwell.
GOOD EVANS -- Aaron Evans (left) was among Town's scorers in their five-star romp at Southwell.

Cock-a-hoop HUCKNALL TOWN find themselves only one point off the top of the Central Midlands League’s South Division table after another five-star performance.

Town returned from new-look strugglers Southwell City with a 5-0 victory, which lifted them to within touching distance of unbeaten leaders, Mickleover Royals. And although the Derbyshire title-favourites have several games in hand after a spate of postponements, The Yellows have emerged as serious rivals.

It was a classic game of two halves. The first was frustrating and goalless and led to manager Andy Graves issuing “a few well-chosen words” at the break, urging his side to be sharper and to improve the quality of their passing.

The difference in the second period was stark. Aaron Evans broke the deadlock with a strike from outside the box and as the rainy and windy weather deteriorated, so did Southwell’s chances.

The home side had their goalkeeper harshly sent off for bringing down Adam Nelson to concede a penalty that Leon Aikman dispatched. And after Aikman had struck again with a well-placed shot, Town rubbed in their supremacy with further goals from Nelson and substitute Cayne Maxwell, who also had one rubbed out for offside.

Two other subs made an impact too, with Montell Gatland hitting a post and Josh Rafferty having a goal disallowed.

TOWN LINE-UP (4-5-1) -- Beddingham/ Henry J., Leak, Atkinson (man-of-match), Pitt/ Evans, Rigg, Davidson, Aikman, Waplington/ Nelson. SUBS: Maxwell (for Evans), Gatland (for Nelson), Rafferty (for Waplington).