Late goals earn Hucknall Town first proper points of Sunday season

KANE IS ABLE -- Kane Matthews scored on his comeback from injury for Half Moon.
KANE IS ABLE -- Kane Matthews scored on his comeback from injury for Half Moon.

Pride of place went to Premier Premier Division basement team HUCKNALL TOWN SUNDAY as the bad weather relented to provide a packed day of action in the Notts Sunday Morning League.

Robbed of their only points of the season so far because the team they beat later disbanded, Town looked to be heading for another defeat when trailing Gedling Inn 4-2. But two late goals earned them a terrific 4-4 draw.

Another plucky performance in the top flight came from HALF MOON, who shrugged off a four-week absence to give tabletopping Old Colonial a fright.

Moon even took a 15th minute lead when Kane Matthews marked his return from injury, puncing on a good pass by debutant Danny Jackson. But despite some stupendous saves by man-of-the-match goalkeeper Jamie Taylor, they went down 2-1.

A penalty by ex-Bulwell striker Scott Litchfield midway through the second half hauled the home side level before substitute Callum Barratt broke Moon hearts five minutes from time with the winner.

IN PREMIER Division One, all three Hucknall sides to play were beaten, although AFC H2O were involved in an exhilarating match at home to unbeaten leaders Robin Hood, who eventually won 5-3.

Karl Hutchinson gave AFC the lead and after Robin had gone 2-1 up, Chay Bettridge levelled. Only then did the visitors take command, going 5-2 up before a consolation goal from Martin Richardson.

THE EMPIRE also went in front against Stratford Haven, thanks to Alec Morton. But they too couldn’t maintain it, sinking to a 5-1 reverse.

Towards the foot of the table, a hat-trick by Kieran Gilbert sentenced BARFLYS H2O to a 4-1 loss at Top Valley United, despite a goal from Jack Patterson.

THE promotion hopes of THE NABB INN were boosted by a 2-1 victory over fellow high-fliers Carlton Top Spot Reserves in Senior Division Two. A defensive lapse had them behind after only 30 seconds, only for Gareth Wainwright to level with a 25-yard stunner and Ben Arnold to bag a deserved winner.

However, in the same division, BESTWOOD MINERS WELFARE crashed to a shock 5-2 defeat away to bottom-of-the-table Real United Sunday, who had lost all ten of their previous games this term. Bestwood took the lead with a spectacular overhead kick from Glen Robinson but collapsed from then on, even though Damien Robinson netted again at 4-1.