Town in lift-off under Lyttle

GOAL! -- new signing Corey Gregory (10) slots home Hucknall's opening goal in the 5-1 win at Belper Town
GOAL! -- new signing Corey Gregory (10) slots home Hucknall's opening goal in the 5-1 win at Belper Town

MANAGER Des Lyttle is convinced things are coming right for Hucknall Town after his first two wins since the club’s big takeover.

Town romped to a 5-1 victory at Belper Town last Saturday and followed up by beating bottom-of-the-table Shepshed Dynamo 2-1 on Wednesday night.

After three successive defeats, the successes lifted The Yellows to sixth in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, Division One South table and revived their challenge for a place in the promotion play-offs.

“I am very happy with the way the squad is shaping up,” said former Nottingham Forest favourite Lyttle.

“I always said it wouldn’t happen overnight but there are good signs. The boys are learning and responding.

“When I first came in, I could understand them being wary. A lot of big names were bandied about as possible signings and because they were not on contract, they had no security.

“But they are starting to trust me now and we are both getting to know each other better.

“Training has been different to what they are used to. It is more structured. We work on certain things, such as shape and working as a unit, while all our small-sided games have themes to them, such as pressing.

“But it’s all about trying to build a pattern of play and the lads seem to be enjoying it.”

Lyttle’s methods certainly paid off last Saturday when they ended Belper’s unbeaten run of seven wins in eight matches.

“Yes, it was a good, all-round performance and it was nice to get off the mark,” he said.

“In all my matches so far, we have played some decent stuff for periods. And I thought we were unlucky last midweek against Stamford.

“But this time, we put it all together for most of the match. The midfield passed the ball well and we created lots of chances.

“I have been critical of our defending but apart from the sloppy goal we conceded, we were pretty solid.”

Lyttle was also pleased with the contributions of three of his new signings — midfielder Curtis Shaw, who scored two of the goals, Sheffield United loanee Corey Gregory, who also hit the target, and veteran player/coach Craig ‘Spuggy’ Armstrong.

However two other fresh recruiits, teenagers Tom Allan and Tom Platt, have returned to Blue Square Bet Premier promotion-challengers York City after just fleeting appearances as substitutes against Stamford.

“York have picked up one or two injuries, so they have gone back,” explained Lyttle. “For transport reasons, they came as a package. Maybe something might happen in the future.”

Lyttle is still keen to bolster his squad further but will not make changes for the sake of it.

“We might need a couple of players to make us stronger but it’s a case of me working out what I want,” he said.

Lyttle gets more first-hand evidence tomorrow when Town entertain another struggling side, Market Drayton Town.

The Shropshire outfit are the most southerly club in the league and were certainly out on a limb last Saturday when thrashed 7-1 at home by Loughborough Dynamo.

The defeat prompted the resignation of manager Neil Wolliscroft. But they recovered to beat Kidsgrove Athletic 2-1 on Tuesday night after appointing the former Burnley and Walsall boss Jimmy Mullen as caretaker chief.