Confidence boost away at Clipstone

GAFFER Brett Marshall says he is “taking plenty of positives” from Hucknall Town’s pre-season campaign after they beat Clipstone Miners Welfare on Wednesday night.

After a run of games against opposition from further up the non-league ladder, Town took on a Clipstone side who play in the Northern Counties East League.

And the gap between the sides was obvious in a 3-0 win for The Yellows.

Former Nottingham Forest youngster Theo Ganderson opened the scoring midway through the first half. He ran from the halfway line, beat the last defender and despatched an accomplished cross-shot into the corner.

Town also hit the bar from 25 yards in the opening half and then made their control tell after the break.

First Liam Hatfield headed confidently home after a ball was hooked back into the danger area.

Then substitute Mitchell Slawson, who is based in Hucknall, showed a good turn of pace to make up several yards on his defender and finish with aplomb.

With Town in a nice position and their goalkeepers (both were used) not having to make a save between them, The Yellows were set to turn the screw.

But unfortunately, the action was curtailed due to a floodlight failure that sent the players and crowd home early.

Nevertheless, Marshall was pleased and said: “It was a big confidence boost. I said before the game to the players that the result against Matlock was a big blip.

“I asked for improvements in certain areas and they gave me that.

“It is not about getting excited about pre-season results, it is about getting the lads in the shape to compete when the real action starts. The performances will come.”

NEXT up for Hucknall is another pre-season friendly against their old rivals, Eastwood Town (away) tomorrow (Saturday, 3 pm).

That is then followed by another derby with a home game against Ilkeston next Tuesday (7.45 pm).