Hucknall Town mystified by unexpected defeat

MAN ON THE SPOT -- Aaron Evans (left), who converted a penalty for Town's goal.
MAN ON THE SPOT -- Aaron Evans (left), who converted a penalty for Town's goal.

How on earth did we lose? That was the question reverberating around the HUCKNALL TOWN dressing-room after an unexpected 2-1 defeat at Mickleover Royal British Legion in the Central Midlands League’s South Division.

Despite key absences, Town dominated, creating a hatful of chances, and manager Andy Graves was delighted with his side’s performance, effort and discipline. However, they returned home thoroughly frustrated by their wastefulness in front of goal, and angered by one or two refereeing decisions that also influenced the outcome.

As Town chased the game, the ref refused to give a foul when substitute Durwalat Ali seemed to be pulled down as he was clean through. And not even a yellow card was shown when goalkeeper James Beddingham was caught late as he cleared, which resulted in a turned ankle and gashes on his ankle and shin.

The Yellows also felt a Mickleover defender should have seen red, rather than yellow, when conceding the penalty from which Aaron Evans scored their goal on the hour. By then, they were two down after home strikes in rapid succession against the run of play from George Eley (after a poor clearance) and Ben Stockley (header in off a post).

TOWN LINE-UP (4-4-1-1) -- Beddingham/ Henry, Leak, Atkinson, Elliott/ Evans, Moran J., Crisp, Maxwell/ Hamilton/ Gatland. SUBS USED: Ali, Whiteley, Robinson.

A PLAYERS’ and supporters’ coach will be leaving Watnall Road at at 12 midday for Town’s league cup quarter-final at Harworth on Saturday 11th April. Seats, costing £8, can be booked from Bob Scotney on 07825 668036 or at the home game against Holbrook St Michael’s next Wednesday.