Excitement is mounting at THE NABB INN where their re-invigorated Sunday team is eyeing not only promotion but also a tilt at the championship.
A 3-0 victory away to Premium Reserves left Nabb only four points behind leaders ACAF Sycamore Saints, who crashed to defeat, in the Notts Sunday Morning League’s Senior Second Division. They also have a game in hand on both Sycamore and second-placed Carlton Top Spot Reserves, with four to play in all.
Mind you, they left it late against Premium with all three goals coming in the last ten minutes. Gareth Wainwright netted two and Matt Hill the other.
Nabb’s seasonal fate might yet be decided by their last game of the season, scheduled for 26th Aoril, when they face local-derby rivals, BESTWOOD MINERS WELFARE.
Bestwood remained in the title hunt themselves after Adam Price-Henson scored all of their goals in a 4-1 triumph at home to Dovecrest. They are still ten points adrift of Nabb, but they have three matches in hand.
DEPLETED AFC DOWHAN produced their best battling performance of the season to earn a deserved 1-1 draw away to Netherfield Colts, who began the day top of the Senior Third Division table in the Notts Sunday Morning League.
Dowhan were missing six key personnel, but on a mudbath of a pitch, their fringe players staked a claim for another start this coming weekend -- no-one more so than James ‘Where’s My Toast’ Hardstaff and Jimmy ‘Mad Dog’ Applegate.
Birthday boy Applegate almost put the Hucknall side in front after only five minutes, but he did pop up with their equaliser six minutes from the end, poking home his first goal of the season.
Both Hardstaff and new captain Stef Rogers had made brilliant goalline-clearances earlier before Netherfield edged ahead in the 80th minute with a glancing header from Joe Bircumshaw.
FOR the second week running, just one goal was enough to earn HUCKNALL WARRIORS’ senior side all three points in the Third Division of the EMPAL Sunday League -- this time at home to Nottingham United B.
In heavy rain, Warriors survived an early scare when a United shot hit the bar. But they were foiled by the woodwork themselves, via Macauley Spencer, before Ryan Gunn lashed home a sensational winner from an excellent pass by Tom Hall.
It should have been two in the second half, only for Spencer’s penalty, awarded for a foul on Neil Banks, to be saved.