Sterling work by secretary Ben Lewin helped ATHLETICO T8’S grab some much-needed comfort from a disappointing season in the NOTTS SUNDAY MORNING LEAGUE’S latest Hucknall derby.
Athletico’s match at BARFLYS H20 was called off last Friday because the home team’s pitch at Coronation Park, Eastwood was deemed unfit. But Lewin ensured it could go ahead by booking a new venue at Titchfield Park in Hucknall -- and his team duly took full advantage by recording only their third win of the Premier First Division campaign.
Barflys twice led, thanks to goals from Ben Samuels and Ashley Dobb. But equalisers by Kieran Goodley and Martyn Smith hauled Athletico level by the break before a second period of one-way traffic yielded further goals from Smith, Ryan Orton and Rocky Hastings.
Also in Premier One, AFC H20 surrendered a first-half lead, supplied by Martin Richardson, to go down 3-2 at Edwalton.
The home side hit back with strikes from Dan Walford, Frazer White and Mitch Green before Luke Kirby netted a late consolation.
PLUCKY HUCKNALL TOWN SUNDAY were left kicking themselves after giving high-riding Carlton Top Spot a fright in the Premier Premier Division.
Bottom-of-the-table Town looked to be on their way to a first win of the season when strikes by Danny Draycott and James Randall gave them a 2-0 lead at the interval.
But Darren Oldham and Ricky Sheavills pulled Top Spot level within ten minutes of the restart and then Ben Branston leapt off the substitutes’ bench to convert a disputed penalty for the winning goal five minutes from the end. Even then, Town almost snatched an equaliser when hitting the woodwork in the dying seconds.
Top Spot’s win kept them seven points behind leaders Old Colonial, whose latest 7-4 win at ACAF Sycamore Saints featured a remarkable feat by striker Scott Litchfield, who used to play his Saturday football for Bulwell. Litchfield scored all seven of his side’s goals!
THE PROMOTION aspirations of THE NABB INN were dealt a blow by a 4-2 defeat away to top-of-the-table ACAF Sycamore Saints Reserves in the Senior Second Division.
Shane Brown dispatched two penalties for Nabb, but goals from Reiss Neil, Reggie Royce, Rikki Robinson and Gareth White ensured only their third defeat of the campaign.
THE HEWITT brothers were the scourge of shellshocked AFC DOWHAN, who collapsed to their worst defeat of the season in the Senior Third Division. Lowly Edwalton Reserves had won only three of their previous 15 league games, but Paddy Hewitt netted three and Joe Hewitt a couple as Dowhan, two down in the first 15 minutes, sank 7-1, despite a strike from Scott Guest. Also on target for the visitors were Matt Doherty and Steve Lambird.