Thank goodness for Ross Walker! That was the relieved cry from Hucknall after a bleak day in Premier Division One of the Notts Sunday Morning League.
Of the four Hucknall teams in action, only THE EMPIRE picked up a point. And that was all down to Walker’s double in a 2-2 draw away to lowly LAFC, whose goals were netted by Nate Hicklin.
Empire’s draw also meant that bottom spot is now occupied by near-neighbours BARFLYS H20, who sank to a 3-1 defeat at home to promotion-chasing Stratford Haven.
Battling Barflys were far from disgraced, with Ryan Tennant on the scoresheet. But they fell to goals from Tom Kavanagh, Fraser Raymond and veteran Tom Godfrey for the visitors.
The poor season of ATHLETICO T8’S continued with their ninth defeat in 12 games -- this time 4-2 at home to fellow strugglers Premium, for whom Jahmel Russell fired a hat-trick. Martyn Smith and Ryan Moulson responded for the locals.
To complete the Hucknall misery in Premier One, inconsistent AFC H20 crashed 5-0 away to improving Top Valley United, whose goals were shared by Kieren Gilbert (2), Dave Warden, Scott Clark and Craig Cox.
Fortunes were not much better in the league’s Senior Section, where THE NABB INN bowed out of the league cup with a 3-0 reverse at home to Crusader AFC.
Nabh have been going well in Senior Two, but were no match for a side who play a division above them. Ashley Robinson, Kev Walker and Tim Scott were the men on target.
Meanwhile BESTWOOD MINERS WELFARE lost ground in the Senior Two promotion race when held to a surprise 2-2 draw at home by Bridgford Taverners, despite strikes from Luke Mitchell and Glenn Robinson.