Nabb on brink of promotion after derby victory

GREG CONN -- hat-trick.
GREG CONN -- hat-trick.

A superb win in the first of two back-to-back local derbies has left THE NABB INN on the brink of promotion in the NOTTS SUNDAY MORNING LEAGUE.

Nabb beat fellow high-riders BESTWOOD MINERS WELFARE 2-0 to leave them needing just one point from the return fixture, their last game of the season, on Sunday 10th May to go up from Senior Division Two as runners-up.

The result, which also scuppered Bestwood’s own hopes of promotion, was earned by goals from Ryan Cotterill (a brilliant 40-yarder) and Lucas Elliott (a close-range effort).

THE wooden spoon, and possible relegation, awaits HALF MOON after their 17th defeat in 18 matches at the foot of the league’s Premier Premier Division.

Moon took on fellow strugglers ACAF Sycamore Saints, but could not repeat their tremendous performance of the previous week and went down 5-1, condemning them to a bottom-placed finish.

Norma Hatfield’s side were in the game for a good hour and were unlucky to trail 2-1 at the interval. Striker Matt Lewis scored their goal with an unstoppable shot into the top corner and Chris Fletcher almost netted with a lob that bounced up and hit the bar.

However, improved Saints were fast, fit and lethal on the counter and added three more goals late on. Their five scorers were Klayton Carthy, Reubin Williams, Reece Campbell, Dean Haynes and Jordan Blair.

HUCKNALL sides pulled off impressive victories in the Premier First Division, which has been rocked by another resignation -- this time by LAFC.

A hat-trick by Greg Conn earned AFC H2O a 4-2 success at home to one-time promotion-pushers, Stratford Haven. Ashley Foster was also on target.

ATHLETICO T8’S were in fine form too, dashing the hopes of in-form Top Valley United grabbing the runners-up spot. Athletico won 2-1 thanks to a couple of goals from Jamie Brown.

Brown’s first was cancelled out by an equaliser from Dale Croft. But his second, in the last minute, won the points after Top Valley had been reduced to ten men by a sending-off.

STRIKER Jake Fisher, who plies his trade for Bulwell on Saturdays, bagged a first-half hat-trick to help Nuthall lift the league’s Premier Section Cup.

Fisher was on target after just 18 seconds before adding two more in the 16th and 30th minutes as Nuthall beat league champions Trentside 3-0 to add the trophy to the senior county cup.