Hucknall Warriors begin the New Year in style with win over Reds

HUCKNALL Warriors U11s started the New Year with a bang as they beat Ravenshead Reds 4-0 in the YEL Saturday U11 League.

Jack Bradley was the main man as he scored four close range goals to seal the victory.

The first was when a shot fumbled by the keeper was swept into the goal before any of opposition defenders could react.

The next two were both neat finishes after assisting passes from Owen Burke.

Ravenshead’s only real effort was a long distance shot which Warriors’ goalkeeper David Hurry managed to tip over the crossbar.

The fourth and final goal was late on in the second half after a shot by the Warriors winger Joe Gillian was fumbled and Bradley pounced.

Hucknall Sports U14s’ first game after promotion back to Division 1B saw them draw 2-2 with Hyson Green.

Sports made several changes to the squad and had a different formation, but they started well, Tom Eastwood testing the keeper after a good run and shot.

Hucknall took the lead when an inch-perfect pass from Ryan Towle found James Hallam and he finished superbly to make it 1-0, which is how it stayed until half-time despite Eastwood and Hallam both going close to a second.

Sports then made the perfect start to the second half when Eastwood won the ball in midfield, beat a couple of men and then smashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

Hyson Green then scored an identical goal of their own which gave keeper Kal Orton no chance.

And, sure enough, Hyson Green got their equaliser when they managed to get around the back of the Sports defence to put in a cross that was easily converted.

In the end a draw was probably the right result after an entertaining game.

Hucknall Sports U9 Whites secured a runners-up spot and promotion in their first season after a 4-0 win over Karimia.

The play-off game saw Sports dominate throughout, taking the lead when Owen Stubbs-Booth tapped in after a free kick from Matthew Snell had been dropped by the keeper.

Snell then put Sports 2-0 up and Ciaren McBride came on as sub to make it three.

Snell added the fourth to seal the win and promotion in style.

Elsewhere, Hucknall Harriers fell 3-0 at Bestwood Rangers in the NYT Saturday League U16s.

Rangers pressured Hucknall from the off and finally took the lead through Dominic Furness.

He was denied a second by a fine save from the Harriers goalkeeper, but it was soon 2-0 when Antony Bancroft smashed in a cross from Sam Brookes.

Brad Walker’s 30-yard screamer was then deflected in off a Harriers defender for the third.

Man-of-the-match for Rangers was Dominic Furness in a well-earned victory for the home side.