Revitalised Hucknall Town plot the great escape

HEART--AIK FOR MOON -- Hucknall Town's Leon Aikman (right) scored against Half Moon for his Sunday team.
HEART--AIK FOR MOON -- Hucknall Town's Leon Aikman (right) scored against Half Moon for his Sunday team.

Revitalised HUCKNALL TOWN SUNDAY have given themselves a golden chance of escaping relegation after bagging their first two wins in the Notts Sunday Morning League’s Premier Premier Premier Division.

Seven days after beating Clumber 4-2, Town won a seven-goal thriller away to mid-table Queen Adelaide and duly climbed out of the bottom two of the table for the first time.

Mind you, it was a rollercoaster ride for The Yellows becaused after Dean Longdon’s brace had shot them into a 2-0 lead by thy interval, they fell 3-2 down to strikes from Justin Jenkins (2) and former Hucknall Town and Linby Colliery Welfare striker Ashley Whitt.

Thankfully, just when it looked as if they were going to repeat this season’s habit of throwing away the points, veteran striker Carl Willow turned the game on its head, netting an equaliser and coolly turning home a dramatic second to clinch a 4-3 victory.

Town’s revival means fellow Hucknall outfit, HALF MOON, whom they play this Sunday in a big local derby, remain bottom of the top flight after their 13th defeat in 14 games this season -- 2-0 at home to Trentside.

However, Moon were far from disgraced against a side challenging for the league title, and Norma Hatfield’s side certainly restored some pride after their 9-0 drubbing at the hands of Nuthall the previous week.

In a gutsy performance that belied their position in the table and won praise from supporters, they made Trentside work every step of the way, battling hard all over the field.

Indeed they almost took a shock lead when striker Matt Lewis, back in action for the first time since breaking his leg pre-season, went close.

At the other end, man-of-the-match goalkeeper Jamie Taylor pulled off a brilliant save before he was finally beaten by two goals in the last 15 minutes that broke Moon hearts.

First midfielder Leon Aikman, who plays for Hucknall Town on Saturdays, raced clear to drive home a powerful shot. And then, on a rapid counter-attack, substitute Nathan Kelly fired home an unstoppable shot to seal the points.

A SERIOUS injury forced the abandonment of a match involving promotion-pushing BESTWOOD MINERS WELFARE in the Senior Second Division.

Bestwood, who have suffered only one league defeat all season, were trailing 3-2 away to mid-table Bridgford Taverners when their goalkeeper sustained a suspected fracture. It was agreed to bring the match to an end while an ambulance was called to rush the ‘keeper to hospital.

Tremayne Bryan and Darren Ward had been on target for Bestwood. But goals from Myles Snape (2) and Zac Williams had given Bridgford the upper hand.

The locals remain 12 points behind leaders ACAF Sycamore Saints, with whom they shared a 2-2 draw the previous week. But they have five games in hand and nine to play in all.

Also in the promotion mix are Hucknall team THE NABB INN, who recovered from their 3-1 defeat away to high-riding rivals AFC Gedling the previous Sunday to defeat The Castle Inn 3-1.

Goals by Dominic Masotano, Shaun Monk and Gareth Wainwright did the trick for Nabb, with Chris Whittaker replying for out-of-form mid-tablers Castle.

The result kept the locals in third place, eight points behind the leaders with two games in hand and one point behind second-placed Gedling with three games in hand.

Gedling stepped up their challenge with a convincing 5-0 romp at BESTWOOD FC after strikes by Scott Bradburn (2), Kirsten Cowlishaw, Billy Jennison and Joe Harrod.