A penalty with the last kick of the game robbed HUCKNALL SPORTS UNDER-12S of a victorious start to the spring season in Sunday Division One of the YOUNG ELIZABETHAN LEAGUE.
Newly-promoted Sports took on Moorgreen Colts and were leading 2-1 in a thrilling match at Goosedale in Bestwood Village.
However, just when they thought they had the match won, up popped Moorgreen substitute Joe Reeve with his last-gasp spot-kick.
After a goalless first half, Sports took the lead in the opening minute of the second when Lewis Markham’s superb flick played in Mitchell West, who slotted home.
The visitors levelled soon afterwards, courtesy of Connor Deakin, and then both teams missed chances as the game opened up.
Seven minutes from time, Sports regained the advantage when Connor Smith coolly sent the ‘keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot.
IN the NOTTS YOUTH LEAGUE, shellshocked HUCKNALL WARRIORS UNDER-18S RED suffered a hammer-blow to their Sunday Second Division title chances.
For in a local derby at home to high-riding rivals BULWELL RANGERS UNDER-18S, they plunged to a 7-1 defeat.
Victory would have lifted Warriors to the top of the table because leaders, Netherfield Boys also lost (3-1 at Arnold Town Maroon).
Instead they remain second on goal-difference and now only two points in front of Rangers, who have a game in hand.
The Bulwell hero was Kyle Nutt, who leapt off the substitutes’ bench to fire a hat-trick.
Joel Deavin, Josh Lowe, Liam Towle and Nathan Walker were also on target for the visitors, while Warriors’ strike came from Sam Stewart.
In the same division, HUCKNALL HARRIER played their part in an entertaining 3-3 draw agaiknst fellow mid-tablers Inter City.
David Buckley, Alex Hall and Alex Paterson hit the net for Harrier, whose man-of-the-match was Liam Kilcullen, while Kyle Stovell (2) and Jordan Mills responded for the visitors.
A GOAL by Mitchell Davies was not enough to prevent HUCKNALL SPORTS UNDER-15S WHITE sliding to a 3-1 defeat at home to Nottz Coltz in Saturday Division One of the Notts Youth League.
But there was better news for HUCKNALL SPORTS UNDER-15S RED, who stretched their unbeaten record to ten matches at the top of the Sunday First Division.
Sports beat mid-table Trowell Blue 4-0 thanks to strikes by Ethan Barnes, Ben Jones and substitutes Kieren Beales and Ryan Marsh. They have dropped only two points all season.