DOWNTRODDEN Hucknall Town continued their woeful form when crashing out of the Evo-Stik League Cup at Bradford Park Avenue on Monday night (March 7).
The Yellows were thrashed 4-2 in the quarter-final tie against their Evo-Stik League, Premier Division rivals at the Horsfall Stadium to end their hopes of lifting the trophy.
In an entertaining cup clash full of drama, each side was awarded a brace of penalties with each missing one apiece.
But Town were in effect out of the match after the early exchanges as Bradford stormed to a two-goal lead by the 15th minute and were three to the good by half-time as they put Tommy Brookbanks’ side to the sword.
Chief tormentor was striker Matty James, who bagged a hat-trick in a man-of-the-match performance.
The first of the spot-kicks led to Bradford taking the lead in the tenth minute. Martin Ball brought down James and midfielder Rob O’Brien netted the kick.
Bradford doubled their advantage five minutes later when Nicky Boshell crossed for James to head home.
The game was put virtually out of sight on 41 when James shot home from a Tom Greaves pass.
Soon after the interval, Town had a chance to get back in it when Danwell Francis was felled in the box. But Fabian Smith fired wide of the target.
Minutes later, the home side had their second penalty when David Boafo handled. But Boshell smashed the kick over the crossbar.
Town did score from the spot on the hour mark after a clumsy challenge. Substitute Jared Holmes stroked the ball home.
However, five minutes from the end, James completed his treble and made a last-four spot safe when he slid in to convert.
Tris Whitman grabbed a consolation for The Yellows in injury-time.
Town are back in league action on Wednesday (March 9) when they welcome Buxton to Watnall Road (kick-off 7.45 pm) for a game that was originally abandoned in January when The Yellows’ floodlights failed.
Brookbanks’ side are yet to win in the league in 2011 and are desperate for points as they battle against the threate of relegation.