A hat-trick on his debut by Ady Lang lit up the start of the new Notts Youth League, Saturday First Division season for happy HUCKNALL SPORTS UNDER-16S WHITE.
Lang, who joined the club in the summer, helped Sports ease to a 5-1 victory away to Keyworth United White.
The locals were creating chances from the off, with a towering far-post header from man-0f-the-match Jarrod Davies smacking the bar.
But they actually went in at half-time one goal down after a momentary lapse in concentration at the back allowed Josh Peer to scramble the ball home from close range.
Sports refused to let their heads drop and were level when Lang placed a free-kick in gthe bottom corner.
Substitute Ellis Evans put them in front with his first touch, and from then on, Sports were rampant.
Lang cut into the area to clip home his second before his strike partner, James Hallam, topped a terrific performance with a goal, set up by another sub, Maleek Batten.
The win was capped late on when a wonderful move involving skipper Kieran Green and Evans ended with Hallam unselfishly squaring for Lang to coolly sidefoot home his third.
TWO defeats (1-0 and 4-0) inside four days against Ravenshead Reds added up to a disappointing start to the season for LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE UNDER-18S in the Saturday First Division of the Notts Youth League.
RED-hot ROLLS-ROYCE LEISURE UNDER-16S made an electric start to the Notts Youth League, Saturday Second Division campaign.
For they were 4-1 up by half-time and eventually celebrated a 4-2 victory over Toton Tigers Orange. The goals were shared by Ryan Bradley, man-of-the-match Josh Brown, Lewis Jackson-Thomas and Kieran Orange.
PLUCKY HUCKNALL WARRIORS UNDER-16S RED battled back from 2-0 at the interval to share a 3-3 draw with Gonerby in the Sunday Second Division of the Young Elizabethan league.
Dean Bird, Brandon Jones and Kieran Wilson were on target for Warriors, whose man-of-the-match was Owen Taylor-Parrott..
GOAL-crazy HUCKNALL WARRIORS UNDER-13S kicked off their campaign with a 13-0 annihilation of Edwalton Cavaliers Blue in the Saturday Third Division of the Young Elizabethan League.
Warriors were ahead from the second minute when Joe Gillan blasted home, and it was soon two as Lewis Radford bagged his first goal for the club.
Next came a quickfire hat-trick from Curtis Rigley before further strikes from Jack Bradley and Radford made it 7-0 at the break.
The procession continued in the second period when man-of-the-match Radford added two more, Bradley netted his second and Kian Williams got on the scoresheet. The remaining two goals were scored by Camryn Walker, including one from the penalty spot.
NEWLY-promoted HUCKNALL SPORTS UNDER-12S WHITE fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat in their first match in the top flight of the Young Elizabethan League Sunday section.
Sports started brightly, but found it hard to compete in midfield with a big Clipstone Welfare side, who grabbed the only goal of the game midway through the first half when Louis Hardcastle headed home a cross.
In response, Sports piled on the pressure but it wasn’t their day.