Two defeats on the same morning left Hucknall strugglers BARFLYS H2O odds-on favourites to finish bottom of the NOTTS SUNDAY MORNING LEAGUE’S Premier Premier Division season.
To ease fixture congestion after a spate of postponements, Barflys agreed to play a double-header against unbeaten title-chaser Gedling Inn. But they lost both games, 3-0 and 3-1, to leave them stranded at the foot of the pile with just four points from 12 outings.
The first contest was almost one-way traffic as county cup finalists Gedling eased home with goals from Jay Knight, Luke Attenborough and Ross McCaughey.
Ben Samuels did equalise for Barflys in the second match, only for strikes from Felix Hogg, Attenborough and Marek Vipond to prove how Bulwell Saturday players are having a big say in Sunday football too.
In the same division, GREEN DRAGON found out that impressive wins over Nuthall earlier in the season counted for little.
Dragon had beaten them 5-1 in the league and 2-1 in the county cup, but crashed 7-2 this time as the visitors swept to the top of the table.
They gifted Nuthall the opening goal and after missing chances of their own, they trailed 3-0 by the break when things got worse as goalkeeper Jamie Taylor had to come off with a shoulder injury.
Dragon did pull two goals back -- midfielder Josh Haskey sliding through the defence after a good passing move and unmarked substitute Martin Lester planting a superb header across the ‘keeper.
But Nuthall netted four more of their own, with Jake Fisher completing a hat-trick to add to strikes from Kione Gordon (2), Tyrone Burton and Colin Brown.
A HAT-TRICK by Martin Richardson failed to prevent AFC H2O nosediving to a 7-3 defeat away to title-chasing Birchover Park in the Premier Second Division.
After trailing 4-1 at the interval, H2O hit back to 4-3 but were soon well beaten by a rampant Birchover side yet to lose in the league this term. Sam Mannion was the chief destroyer with four goals.
Also in Premier Two, another Hucknall team, ATHLETICO T8’S, salvaged a late a point in a 2-2 draw away to relegation-threatened Rempstone.
After leading at half-time thanks to a Max Thornley goal, Athletico looked to be heading for a surprise defeat when Freddie Saunders headed the home side level and then substitute Chris Baker-Beale lobbed them in front with only ten minutes left.
But the locals were gifted a facesaver when Rempstone goalkeeper Luther Richardson allowed a swirling free-kick from Martyn Smith to drift over his outstretched arms and into the top corner of the net.
THE PARKINSON brothers were too hot to handle when THE NABB INN recorded an eyecatching 4-1 victory over Premium Reserves in Senior Division Two.
Adam scored two goals and Jason one, while Kemarnae McIndoe was also on target.
SIX different players feasted on the goals as BESTWOOD MINERS WELFARE stretched their 100% record in the Senior Third Division.
Craig Dawson, Luke Mitchell, Greg Mitchell, Nathan Robinson, Cliff Knowles and Tremayne Bryan found the net in a 6-1 romp at mid-table Medina.