POOR refereeing decisions and missing personnel conspired against Hucknall Town AFC as they were hammered 6-0 by Mickleover Sports in the South Division of the Central Midlands League.
Hucknall were without six players who had featured in recent weeks and against one of the division’s best footballing sides, it was always going to be tough.
For 24 minutes, the local youngsters were holding their own until a right-wing cross was flicked into the face of young Montel Gatland and ricocheted into the net.
Ten minutes later, the referee failed to spot a blatant two-handed push on Macaualey Spencer, which allowed Mickleover’s defender to knock a long ball over the top for their striker to clinically finish.
This knocked Hucknall’s confidence and they conceded a third and fourth within minutes.
The woes conitinued in the second half. Mickleover’s fifth came after their winger did really well to cut inside and work his way into the box but instead of shooting he laid the ball to an offside team-mate standing two yards off the line behind Hucknall’s keeper, who was last man.
This was followed by a penalty after Scott Thorpe prodded the ball away only for a Mickleover player to come in from the side and tumble over is leg.