Defensive errors cost AFC dear

Two individual errors, one two minutes into the game and the second in the 87th, left Hucknall Town AFC’s youngsters searching for their first taste of victory in the Central Midlands League South after defeat at Clifton.

Town started with new goalkeeper Dan Marshall but he was soon picking the ball out of the net when a misplaced back header fell short and Briscoe gleefully scored for Clifton.

Hucknall were not fazed and worked themselves back into the game and put Clifton on the back foot, creating a few chances before equalising from a corner through Joel Goodacre, who was giving the midfield along with Craig Maddison some much-needed experience.

The second-half saw Clifton put pressure on the Town back line but some poor finishing let them down.

Kamar Davis, who had worked tirelessly up front for Town, looked to have given them the lead only to be denied by a brilliant save from the Clifton keeper.

Just as it looked like a really good point against a well-organised and vastly more experienced Clifton side, that reached the Notts Senior Cup final last season, was Town’s reward, a poor back pass gifted Clifton all three points.

Performances are on par with any team they have so far played and barring the Sutton match, which they let themselves down in, its only inexperience and silly mistakes that are the difference and when a few more players become available to guide them on the pitch the performances will bring the points.

Town: Marshall, Gatland, Middleton, Gillan, Wapplington, Sims, Moran Sanders, Maddison, Davis, Goodacre

Subs used: Bramhill, Thomas, Moran