HIGH-riding Hucknall outfit T8s warmed up for their next foray into the nationwide FA Carlsberg Cup this Sunday by keeping their hopes of silverware alive in a domestic competition.
T8s will travel to take on Leicester side Advance Couriers this weekend — a club who play in the Alliance League Premier Division where they have been runners-up in the last two campaigns.
But before attentions switched to that tie, T8s had to contend with a mudbath of a pitch in the quarter finals of Notts FA Sunday Senior Trophy.
Facing Notts Sunday Morning League (NSML) Premier Premier Division rivals Old Colonial, T8s, who are in second spot in the table, found it tough going before running out 2-1 winners.
The crucial goals came from Danny Hayes and Damien Mann with Ryan Perkins responding for the home side.
n SADLY they couldn’t be joined in the semi-finals by fellow Hucknallites Green Dragon, who lost out 3-2 in a hard-fought contest with NSML Premier Premier leaders Nuthall.
Dragon went into the clash with optimism after having held Nuthall in a 3-3 stalemate in the league the previous week and also considering they had knocked out favourites and holders Bilsthorpe Celtic convincingly in the previous round.
But both sides made changes with Nuthall drafting in new blood and Dragon missing injured trio Josh Haskey, Aaron Cotterill and Bryn Crowson, forcing others to play in unfamiliar positions.
The pitch was in good nick and suited both sides with Dragon making the perfect start when a huge ‘route one’ punt from ‘keeper Jamie Taylor beat a Nuthall defender and striker Matt Lucas skipped smartly between defender and ‘keeper to cleverly head home.
But by the break, the advantage had been chalked off. Despite a couple of Dragon chances, Nuthall levelled with a slice of luck as, for the second week running, a harmless shot hit the outstretched leg of a defender and deflected in with Taylor stranded.
Nuthall’s momentum continued after the break and they netted twice to leave them in the box seat. Firstly striker Jason Russell sprung the Dragon offside trap and netted off a post and then they scored a repeat of their first. Dragon must have thought the gods were against them!
To their credit, Dragon stemmed the flow and started to pile on the pressure. Reward came when Kane Matthews made no mistake in the box after a pass from Daniel Blake.
But the locals couldn’t manage a leveller despite applying plenty of pressure.
n BACK in the league, Plough Barflies were destroyed 8-1 in the Premier Premier Division by Gedling Inn.
Leaders Station Hotel saw their match postponed in Senior Division One, as did Premiere Travel in Premier Two where The Masons came through 3-0 against leaders The Crown Inn with Ashley Dobb, Sean Williams and Martin Richardson hitting the back of the net to boost the challenge of the second-placed locals.
In Senior Division Two, long-time leaders The Empire suffered their second reverse on the spin as they were beaten 2-1 by Sporting CBJ with Aaron Thomas on the scoresheet for Empire.
SWITCHING to the Notts Sunday Combination, Premier Division side Athletico T8s saw their match postponed, while AFC Rolls-Royce were hammered 5-2 by Blacks Head in Division One.