Golden chance for Hucknall Town to end bleak run

Hopeful HUCKNALL TOWN have been handed a golden opportunity to end their bleak run of nine matches without a win.

For their next two fixtures are against sides below them in the Central Midlands League, South Division table.

Town lie in 12th spot, heading a bottom seven who have become detached from the rest of the division.

But they have been riddled with injuries and suspensions in recent weeks, so manager Andy Graves will be banking on maximum points from their trip to Holbrook St Michael’s this coming Saturday and then a home game with rock-bottom Calverton Miners Welfare the following weekend.

Holbrook have won only two of their 22 games so far this term, while Calverton have yet to win any of their 19 and crashed 6-0 to The Yellows back in September.

Elsewhere this weekend, the quarter-finals of the Notts FA Saturday Intermediate County Cup feature LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE RESERVES.

Linby sit comfortably in the middle of the Notts Senior League’s First Division after gaining promotion under manager Jamie Wheatley last season.

Now they face their sternest test yet when they entertain Senior Division outfit Awsworth Villa in the last eight of a competition that their own first team reached the final of in 2009.

Because that first-team don’t have a game this weekend, Linby might be able to name a powerful line-up. But Awsworth have lost only twice in the top flight this term and are dark horses to mount a late bid for the title.

The other three quarter-finals are between BESTWOOD MINERS WELFARE SPORTS CLUB and Old Elizabethans, AFC Bridgford and Beeston AFC and Thoresby Colliery Welfare and Bilborough United.

Linby Reserves’s scheduled league match at home to Underwood Villa last Saturday had to be postponed because of a weterlogged pitch.

Also in the NSL’s First Division, the same fate befell HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE RESERVES’S fixture away to Gedling Southbank.