Crunch clash is frozen out

THE CRUNCH clash involving BULWELL at the top of the Notts Senior League’s Senior Division fell foul of the frosty weather last weekend.

The Bulls were set to take on unbeaten leaders FC Cavaliers in a game that would have had a key bearing on the destiny of the championship.

But it had to be called off because of a frozen pitch. The locals remain nine points behind Cavaliers with three games in hand. They have not kicked a ball in anger now since Saturday December 17. But at least the break has given star striker, and top scorer, Allan Jeffries more time to get over his lengthy injury. Jeffries, who has scored 21 goals this term, has not been seen since limping off with a hamstring strain in a 1-1 draw against Gedling Southbank in November.

Elsewhere the Second Round (last 16) of the league’s Reserves Cup was also hit by the weather, with HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE RESERVES’ tie at Awsworth Villa Reserves postponed.

But two games involving local clubs did go ahead, resulting in victory for HUCKNALL TOWN RESERVES but defeat for LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE RESERVES.

Town knocked out fellow Second Division strugglers Selston Reserves 2-1, thanks to goals from the in-form Jamie Brown and Alex Arnold.

In another all-Division Two tie, Linby sank to a disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to Magdala Amateurs Reserves after wasting some good chances.

A tight match looked all set for extra-time when Dan Collison was brought down for a Magdala penalty four minutes from the end. Duncan Bennett’s kick was saved by ‘keeper Glenn Guyatt, only for substitute Jimmy Omran to react first to the rebound.

LINBY RESERVES LINE-UP (4-4-2) — Guyatt/ Rogers, Porter, Scott, Riley/ Craig, Mee, Endy, Walters/ Cheeseman, Bernard J. (man-of-match). Subs: Duffin (for Craig 70), Prewett (for Mee 80), Peel (for Riley 86).