Yellows move level with league leaders

Hucknall Town defender Ben Jones secured a brace in a last-minute victory away at Blidworth Welfare.

Two second half goals from Jones were enough to cancel out a Scott Taylor strike and give Hucknall a much-needed victory.

The win puts the Yellows level with Sherwood Colliery at the top of the Central Midlands Football League South Division.

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Hucknall boss Andy Graves said: “I think we should have had the game put to bed by half time. They made it hard, they’ve had one chance and scored from it!

“We weren’t playing well when they scored but the lads showed real good character to come back.

“We hit the post two or three times, we’re just not clinical at the moment and without talking too much about strikers, that’s what we’re missing at the moment.”

A lack of goals in the first 45 minutes wasn’t due to a lack of effort as Hucknall managed to strike the woodwork three times through Tevahn Tyrell, Jones and Michael Banister.

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Hucknall took the lead when Joe Ashurst whipped a corner in and Jones was on hand to rise above his marker and head the ball in to the centre of the goal on the hour mark.

The Yellows came close to a second through Devante Reitte but his effort was cleared off the line by former Hucknall players Josh Henry.

Despite Hucknall’s firm grasp on the game, Blidworth levelled matters when Taylor was first to react to Randall’s expert save to deny Aiden Harris.

Tyrell went close before he was replaced by Montell Gatland and the substitute nearly got the second only to see his looping header hit the crossbar.

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It was the opening goal scorer who would drag Hucknall over the winning line as Jones connected with an Ashurst corner in the 90th minute to score an almost identical goal to his first.

Hucknall: Randall 6, Jones 9, Pitt 6, Leak 6 (Maxwell 7), Atkinson 6, Banister 7, Phillips 6, Crawford 6 (Hubbard 5), Tyrell 6 (Gatland 6), Reittie 5, Ashurst 7.