Hucknall Town bounced back from their unfortunate loss at Belper with a 7-0 victory over Southwell City and boost confidence ahead of their FA Vase tie away at Arnold Town this Saturday.
Boss Andy Graves said: “We needed to get the Belper loss out of our system and the lads who played did a good professional job,
“Southwell to their credit were not the worst ‘footballing’ side we have played or seen this season and we did not take them or the game lightly.
“It sets us up for the Vase game nicely. I should hopefully have a full squad to choose from and we can go into this game in a confident mood.”
Town were without goalkeeper James Beddingham (thumb injury) Joe Atkinson and Leon Aikman (work) and Johnny Hamilton (illness).
But they still had too much firepower for a Southwell side who at times showed and played some neat football of their own but did not have the cutting edge to worry a Town backline marshalled by the superb Dave Leak, which allowed stand-in keeper Paul Hardy to have a quiet night, so much so his only save came in added time following a deflection.
Niall Thompson started the ball rolling with a through ball from Junior Harding, neatly tucking the ball to the side of the keeper.
Left back Tom Crisp was not to be outdone and, following a long jinking run of his own, he finished from an acute angle.
A Hucknall third was scored by Leak from a Wapplington corner, taking a touch and hitting an half volley into the roof of the net.
Thompson scored his second following good work from Myles Gorey to give Town a comfortable interval lead.
The second half began as the first half finished with Town pressing and looking for more goals which came via Thompson’s third, who was immediately replaced by Adam Nelson, who latched onto a pass from fellow substitute Montell Gatland to make it six.
Nelson completed the scoring with a well taken goal late on to round off a good night for the Yellows.