Free for all at Watnall Road - Hucknall open the gates for Saturday’s Matlock Town Reserves game

Hucknall Town ground.
Hucknall Town ground.

Hucknall Town will swing open their gates on Saturday, with free entry for all to the league clash with Matlock Town Reserves.

The Black Dragon Divison South game was abandoned due to floodlight failure in October, and Hucknall boss Andy Graves said the club didn’t want to charge fans twice for the same match.

So entry will be free, and if fans want to donate to the club they can pay whatever they like on the way out after full-time.

Graves said: “The first game was abandoned as they kicked off for the start of the second half.

“We were going to do a pay what you want scheme for a previous game but the league moved it to a Wednesday night, so when this Matlock game was rescheduled for Saturday we thought we’d make it free.

“We thought we couldn’t really charge again, people wouldn’t have kept their tickets so we’d have no way of knowing who was at the original fixture, so the fairest thing is to open it up to everyone.”

Free family tickets will also be dished out in local schools, as Hucknall attempt to draw in a fresh audience.

“We’re getting 140-plus so we get good attendances,” he said.

“(But) we might get other people who might come along and like what they see, and come back.”

The fixture will be somewhat of a homecoming for Hucknall, who haven’t played at Watnall Road in league action since the middle of September.

“We’re behind everyone in terms of games played, we’ve actually played seven fewer than Eastwood,” he said.

“We’ve had games postponed, been away in the league and been in cup competition.

“But for Saturday we’ll have a few players back from injury and should be pretty strong.”

Hucknall are sixth in the division, while visitors Matlock Town Reserves are eighth.