Veteran Jon Sherriff rolled back the years to clinch a first win of the Notts Sunday Morning League season for relieved Hucknall side, BARFLYS H2O.
Barflys had drawn one and lost five of their opening six matches of the Premier Premier Division campaign, with a terrifying goal-difference of minus-26.
But former Hucknall Rolls Leisure defender Sherriff, whose appearances have been limited in recent seasons, popped up with a dramatic winning goal in a 3-2 success at home to fellow strugglers Trowsers.
Earlier, Ben Samuels and Charlie Miller had also been on target for Flys, with Tommy Kemp and Jody Hughes replying for the visitors.
The win quickly erased the memory of Flys’ latest defeat at the hands of Hucknall rivals, T8’s, the previous week -- and set them up nicely for another local derby this sunday, against GREEN DRAGON.
Dragon had recorded their own first league victory seven days earlier. And they weren’t disgraced in their latest match when going down 4-2 to the new leaders, Trentside.
Depleted by injuries, they were down to a bare 11, which included exciting youngsters Keiran Clarke and Callum Curtis.
But they deservedly led 1-0 at the break after fine play by winger Daniel Blake teed up Danny Taylor, who thumped an eyepopping cracker from 30 yards into the top corner.
Kane Matthews also saw a shot pushed on to a post by Trentside ‘keeper Michael Samuels, while Clarke, the smallest man on the pitch, headed off the line at the other end.
Even though the home side equalised early through Nathan Francis in the second period, Dragon regained their lead thanks to another clinical finish from Taylor after persistence in the box from midfielder Chris Fletcher.
Only in the last third of the game did Trentside take control. Ex-Hucknall Town man Romaine Graham levelled with an unstoppable header from a corner before Justin Edwards-Clarke and Tyrone Francis struck late on -- after an excellent triple save by visiting ‘keeper Jamie Taylor.
However, the main message from manager Norma Hatfield after the game was that Dragon were far from downhearted by their display.
DRAGON LINE-UP (3-1-5-1) -- Taylor J./ Clarke, Neale, Curtis C./ Sisson/ Blake, Matthews K., Matthews J., Fletcher, Bernard/ Taylor D.
EARLY-season promise by newly-promoted STATION HOTEL (HUCKNALL) is in danger of evaporating in the Premier Premier Division.
For despite a 33rd minute equaliser by James Randall, Station slid to a 3-1 defeat at Nuthall, for whom Jason Rimmell (30), Ryan Johnson (63) and Jason Russell (75) found the net. It was their third league defeat on the bounce.
MEANWHILE in Premier Division Two, Hucknall sides AFC H2O and ATHLETICO T8’S enjoyed welcome victories.
H2O squeezed home 2-1 at ABP, courtesy of goals from Ben Waplington and Ashley Dobb. And Athletico returned to form in style by routing bottom-of-the-table Rempstone 8-3.
After leading 2-0 and 3-2, they were pegged back to 3-3 at the break before taking charge in the second half.
Hat-tricks by Martyn Smith and Ryan Orton led the way, with Ross Garfield and Aidan England also on target.