Sticky start to football season for big three

Whitby v Matlock - New signing Eugene Francis
Whitby v Matlock - New signing Eugene Francis

The start to the new football season was a baptism of fire for the big three clubs in the Dispatch district.

Hucknall Town, Linby Colliery Welfare all find themselves in the same division in the Central Midlands League.

But in their opening two matches, from a possible tally of 18, they mustered only ONE point among them.

Town lost both games, while Linby lost one and drew one. But newly-promoted Bulwell suffered the biggest blow when crashing 5-1 in their first fixture at home to Pinxton after going through the whole of last season without dropping a point.

The Bulls then lost again four days later -- 3-1 at Clifton All Whites, despite a goal from Allan Jeffries, who had also been on target against Pinxton.

Town also fell foul of Clifton, going down 2-1 on the opening day of the season, despite a promising performance that featured a goal from impressive midfielder Leon Aikman.

However, hopes of their first victory on Wednesday night were banished by a 4-2 defeat against Mickleover Royal British Legion at Watnall Road.

The Yellows trailed 3-0 before fighting back with goals from Eugene Francis and captain Cameron Davidson. But a late strike sealed the points for the Derbyshire outfit.

Linby picked up the solitary point for the Dispatch district when recovering from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Pinxton on Tuesday night.

The Marlow brothers were the heroes, with Simon halving the deficit and player/manager Dave netting a late equaliser.

Three days earlier, with boss Marlow missing for personal family reasons, Linby had crashed to a surprise 3-0 defeat at home to Real United.