First win for troubled Town boosts the mood

HUCKNALL Town broke their pre-season scoring duck and proved the club’s backroom problems can be kept off the pitch with a 6-0 home win on Tuesday night (July 26).

The club, who are struggling to find the cash for a huge VAT bill, fell to their fourth 1-0 friendly loss in a row on Saturday July 23 at Harrogate Railway Athletic but trounced Leicestershire side Bardon Hill at Watnall Road.

The midweek opposition, from the East Midlands Counties Premier League, were lined up in haste after previous opponents Radcliffe Olympic pulled out.

Assistant manager Gary Stones said a night out for the squad in Leeds over last weekend strengthened morale and may have helped the side finally find the back of the net against Bardon.

“The lads are sticking by us and we just couldn’t score in the other games, even though we were making enough chances,” he said.

“On Tuesday there were numerous openings again but we got the first goal before half-time and then the floodgates opened.”

The breakthrough came via a penalty from Grant Ryan ten minutes before half-time.

In the second half, Ryan added a second while Nathan Watson also got a brace.

Callum Lloyd and Nick Ghislanzoni also made it onto the scoresheet.

On Saturday, against Harrogate, Town again created plenty of chances but were profligate in front of goal in the 1-0 reverse.

Town will now take on local-derby rivals Rolls-Royce Leisure in a friendly at Watnall Road on Saturday (July 30, 3 pm) before travelling to take on Teversal on Tuesday August 2.

The new Evo-Stik League, Division One South season starts on Saturday August 13.

The Yellows will play their games as an amateur side, meaning players and managers are going unpaid. This is because of the crippling VAT bill, which now stands at £84,000.

But Stones added: “We treated the lads on Saturday (the club and fans paid for the hotel stay in Leeds) and it was a good bit of morale-boosting.

“They (the players) are coming along nicely and the training is good. We are looking forward to the kick-off.”