Yellows win opening friendlies

HUCKNALL Town won their opening two pre-season friendlies in differing style as preparations continued for the new season.

Last Saturday (July 14), The Yellows came from 2-0 down after 20 minutes to beat a Lincoln City XI 3-2 at Watnall Road.

Then, on Wednesday night (July 18), they hammered Linby Colliery Welfare 4-0 in a local derby.

The match against Lincoln proved to be a good result for the new regime at Town in what was their first match.

But it looked like it was going to be anything but a positive result after the opening exchanges when The Imps raced into a 2-0 advantage.

Both managers used the game to give all their squad a first workout and it was the Imps who looked the fitter as Kieran Walker and Kegan Evrington netted.

The Yellows hit back just before half-time with a Julian Topliss effort and then in time added on, Theo Ganderson levelled for the home side.

Joel Goodacre completed the fightback when he poked the ball home from close range two minutes into the second half.

Rob Austin did well to save an Aaron Rice penalty for Hucknall as Lincoln were awarded a spot-kick midway through the second half.

As the game edged towards its conclusion, both teams continued to shuffle their packs to give their squads a good runout.

Town gaffer Brett Marshall said: “No matter who we were playing, it doesn’t matter. We needed a good blow-out.

“OK, there were a lot of Lincoln kids in their side, but they were very fit.

“The lads dug in, came back and gained a good victory against a fit side.

“I was delighted with the application and attitude.”

SUPPORTERS are being urged to turn out in force for one of Town’s biggest pre-season friendlies when they take on neighbours Mansfield Town next Monday (July 23).

The match is at Watnall Road and kicks off at 7.45 pm.