Sunday-best tag belongs to T8s

MAKE way for a new number one in the hit parade of Sunday morning football in Hucknall.

For the long reign of PLOUGH BARFLIES is about to be brought to an end by arch rivals T8S.

Just before Christmas, T8s beat Barflies 1-0 — thanks to a wonder goal from Luke Smith.

And they repeated the dose last weekend, following up with a similar scoreline, courtesy of a first-half header by Danny Hayes.

The results left Reece Jackson’s men nine points clear of Barflies in the Notts Sunday Morning League (NSML), Premier Premier Division table.

And if they finish above them, they will have every right to claim they are the town’s top Sunday side.

The arguments will only be re-ignited if Dean ‘Brow’ Wealthall’s Flies lift the county cup. They have reached the semi-finals and play league champions Clumber a week on Sunday (February 12). The second semi is between Bilsthorpe Celtic and Trentside, while the final has been pencilled in for Rainworth Miners Welfare’s Kirklington Road ground on Thursday April 5.

As for last Sunday’s derby, Barflies should have taken control early on. But Ricky Hodgson scuffed a golden chance when gifted a free shot on goal and then Joe Ashurst shot wide after a fine build-up.

T8s began to pose problems from set-pieces, and it was from a corner, flicked on at the front post by striker Jack Allen, that solid centre-half Hayes nodded home.

Barflies had more possession in a stretched second half. But they squandered more chances as T8s’ defence, led by skipper Matt Peberday, dealt with everything that was thrown at them.

LINE-UP — BARFLIES: Wilby A./ Parkin G., Paterson D., Jenkins, Banister, Niblett, Hancocks, Harrison R., Ashurst, Marlow D., Hodgson. Subs: Potter, Marlow S., Wallis, Martin, Crawford.

T8S: Pearson J./ Thomas, Lamb, Hayes D., Peberday, Brooks, Buckley, McDermott, Hayes G., Allen J., Start A. Subs: Edwards, Hunt, Gamble.

NEWS elsewhere in the Premier Section of the NSML is dominated by the surprise disbandment of REAL HUCKNALL.

Real (formerly Real Empire) only joined the league last season after years in the Notts Combination as FC Bedstead.

They were immediately crowned Senior Third Division champions and were promoted three levels to Premier Division Two.

However, after four wins and six defeats in their opening 11 games, they have opted to fold and quit. Their place has been taken by a new team called Eastwood And Kimberley.

Still boxing on in the same division, even though they are bottom, are ROLLS-ROYCE VILLA, whose latest defeat was a 6-1 reverse at home to unbeaten tabletoppers Robin Hood.

William Spray found the net for Villa but a hat-trick from Garry Fountain, plus goals from Luke Smithson and Jason Whalley, eased the visitors to their ninth straight victory.

THE PROMOTION prospects of GREEN DRAGON were dealt a savage blow by a 4-2 defeat at home to much-improved Arnold-based outfit, Loft In Space.

Dragon had most of the play and created lots of chances. But they were profligate in front of goal, whereas Loft were clinical.

The Hucknall side took the lead when a free-kick from top scorer Kane Matthews was misjudged by the ‘keeper and crept into the corner of the net.

But Loft responded to lead 2-1 at the break, courtesy of a spill by goalie Jamie Taylor and a long-range shot, and Dragon’s frustrations intensified when the referee refused claims for an equaliser as a header by Matt Lucas appeared to bounce off the underside of the bar and over the line.

The second half could not have started better for the locals as Matthews crossed with pinpoint accuracy for Lucas, who turned on a sixpence to fire home.

However further openings went begging, enabling Loft to snatch the points, first on a counter attack and then in a melee in the box.

DRAGON LINE-UP (4-4-2) -- Taylor J./ Sisson N., Sisson M., Neale, Crowson/ Gorewoda, Haskey, Matthews J., Matthews K./ Lewis, Lucas. Subs: Spencer, Allen.