New-look Town battle to Gainsborough stalemate

THE REBUILDING job at Hucknall Town earned more credit as the club’s new-look squad earned a stalemate draw away at Gainsborough Trinity on Tuesday night.

The match came just 24 hours after The Yellows had lost to derby rivals Mansfield Town. (SEE LEFT).

But despite some tired legs, Town managed a 0-0 draw against a side who will play two levels above them on the non-league ladder next season.

For while Town will tackle their rivals in Division One South of the Evo-Stik League, Gainsborough, of Lincolnshire, will compete in the Blue Square North. Among the Gainsborough ranks were former Yellows Terry Hawkridge and Craig Nelthorpe, as well as former Mansfield favourite Ryan Williams.

Although Town lacked a goal-getting cutting edge, manager Brett Marshall praised his troops — as well as the fans who made the trip to Gainsborough to support the players.

He said: “Things are on the right track. The fitness of the lads is getting there.

“I have never tried to hide the fact that I am after a striker and I would like someone with Evo-Stik experience. But they do not come cheap.

“My philosophy for pre-season has always been to get the lads fit and then put a system in place that makes us look hard to beat.

“Would I be happier with a 0-0 against Gainsborough or a 4-3 win?

“If our Achilles heel is keeping clean sheets, then we will struggle.

“We are now starting to play in a certain style and the players are buying into my work ethic.”

LAST Saturday (July 21), Town suffered a disappointing 2-1 reverse away at Nottinghamshire rivals Greenwood Meadows.

The Yellows conceded an early goal before Warren Hatfield levelled with a superb solo effort.

Greenwood won the game late on in the second half with a well-worked header at the far post.