Last-kick deflection means cup final woe for Sports

A deflected goal with the last kick of the match condemned HUCKNALL SPORTS UNDER-14S RED to an unlucky 1-0 defeat in the final of the Notts FA Youth Shield.

Taking on Young Elizabethan League divisional rivals, Greenwood Meadows, Sports played really well against a strong team.

Facing a fierce wind in the first half, they defended superbly, with captain Jarrod Davis leading by example and goalkeeper Keaton Sharpe pulling off a magnificent save.

After making changes, Sports went on the attack ij the second period and nearly snatched the winner themselves when Josh Brown struck the underside of the bar.

After almost a month without a game, HUCKNALL SPORTS UNDER-14S hit back from 3-1 down to snatch a thrilling 3-3 draw against high-riding Keyworth United in Saturday Division 1B of the Young Elizabethan League.

Rehuffled Sports got off to a fantastic start when Tom Eastwood surged forward to loop a shot over the ‘keeper.

But playing against a strong wind, they were soon pegged back when a lofted corner blew to the back post where Joseph Baines pounced for Keyworth.

Sports went on to enjoy most of the play and produced some brilliant stuff, with Charlie Blatherwick dictating proceedings from the centre of midfield. But, unbelievably, they leaked goals either side of the interval thanks to poor marking and failing to clear their lines.

Inspired by man-of-the-match Ellis Evans, they roared back in the last 20 minutes and salvaged a point when Maleek Batten smashed home from close range and James Hallam toepoked into the bottom corner after good work by Dylan Smith.

A bad blunder by the opposing goalkeeper gifted HUCKNALL WARRIORS UNDER-11S a 2-1 victory over Toton Tigers Orange in the Young Elizabethan League.

Trying to pass the ball to one of his own players, the goalie presented it straight to striker Curtis Rigley, who controlled before showing fine composure to slot home what proved to be the winning goal.

Toton had taken an early lead with a header flicked in at the near post. But an own goal brought Warriors level when a long throw was inadvertently nodded home.

The result strengthened the Hucknall side’s hopes of taking the runners-up spot in the Saturday 11-a-side division.

Two goals apiece from Keegan Stubbs-Booth and Jake Thorpe earned HUCKNALL SPORTS UNDER-10S WHITE a fine 4-2 victory over Stapleford Villa in Sunday Division 2B of the Young Elizabethan League.

In a horrible wind, Sports trailed 2-1 at half-time but battled back brilliantly with a massive team-performance.

The man-of-the-match award went to Kian Stevenson, and the result lifted Sports into fifth place in the ten-team table.