The inspired end-of-season flourish by HUCKNALL TOWN SUNDAY continued with their best result yet in the Notts Sunday Morning League’s Premier Division.
A week after holding one of the top-three title challengers, Old Colonial, to a draw, they beat another, county cup winners Nuthall, 2-1 to prove that their effort in taking the same side to a penalty shootout in the league cup semi-finals had been no fluke.
Amazingly, Town achieved their success with only ten players and after going a goal down to a 35th minute header by goal-machine Jake Fisher. Carl Wilson fired them ahead on the stroke of half-time and after ‘parking the bus’ for most of the second period, they snatched the points in a remarkable finale. First Dan Draycott broke to put them in front. Next goalkeeper Paul Brady saved a penalty he himself had given away. And then they refused to crack even when down to just nine men in the final 15 minutes.
A VALIANT performance also came from Town’s Hucknall rivals in the top flight, HALF MOON, who went down 2-1 against high-riding Gedling Inn and now look sure to finish bottom.
Moon’s gutsy youngsters took a deserved lead when striker Matt Lewis chased a lost cause and managed a shot that came out off the bar for Callum Curtis to slot home. But after soaking up second-half pressure, they were agonisingly denied by two Gedling goals in the last 15 minutes, from Luke Attenborough and Terry Guerbaouy, past man-of-the-match goalkeeper Matt Taylor.
LATE goals were also the scourge of BARFLYS H2O in Premier Division One, where strikes by Adam Parkinson in the 75th and 80th minutes earned champions Robin Hood a 2-1 win, Matt Moult had given the Hucknall team a 30th minute lead.
IN Senior Division Two, the promotion hopes of THE NABB INN suffered another blow in a 2-2 draw with Bestwood FC, despite goals from Lucas Elliott and Ben Arnold. But those of BESTWOOD MINERS WELFARE were boosted by a 3-1 midweek win at Dovecrest. Nabb stay third with two to play, while Bestwood are fifth with five to play. They tackle each other this Sunday.