Warriors go top of the league with home win

HUCKNALL Warriors U18s have gone top of the Notts Youth League Sunday Division Three after a 5-3 win over Gedling Southbank Red.

Like the previous week Warriors were quick to start and when Paice Lees’ cracking cross from the left was met by the left foot of Macauley Spencer, Warriors were in front with less than two minutes on the clock.

Minutes later Lees almost got a second goal but his shot was just wide of the near post.

Gedling were dangerous on the attack and forced an early save out of Warriors goalkeeper Luke Cook who palmed the ball away to safety.

At the other end, Tyler Stafford’s free-kick struck a post, Alex Galloway crossed the ball back in and Spencer again was perfectly placed to head the ball powerfully into the back of the net from short range.

Warriors went 3-0 up when Liam Burley collected the ball on the right, ran to the byline and put in a low cross that Lees fired home.

Spencer initially missed the chance of a hat-trick from the penalty spot just before half-time, his effort saved well by the goalkeeper, but Warriors did get a fourth and Spencer his treble after he ran onto Stafford’s long ball and finished well.

Warriors were sluggish at the start of the second-half and within two minutes of the restart Gedling had pegged a goal back, but Warriors kept battling and Jack Dainty forced a save out of the keeper.

Man of the match Regan Scott had two great chances to get on the scoresheet, the second just dipping over the bar.

Gedling pulled another goal back but Burley soon wrapped the game up as he blasted the ball into the net from the left.

Warriors conceded a third goal with the last kick of the game following a goalmouth mix up but the points were safe.

Hucknall Sports U14s were involved in a thriller in the Saturday Shield as they drew 4-4 at Bottesford.

Sports started well and soon enough the lead was theirs when the in-form Owen Everton lashed a curling shot under the Bottesford keeper.

However, almost directly from the re-start Sports’ normally reliable defence were caught napping and Bottesford equalised with a simple tap in.

This was quickly followed by a second Bottesford goal and they extended their lead even further when a harmless looking free-kick from wide on the right somehow found its way in at the near post.

Returning winger Jacob Barlow provided the spark that Sports needed when he made the most of a fumble by the opposition goalie to score his first goal of the season and leave the score 3-2 to Bottesford at half-time.

Bottesford extended their lead early in the second-half when Sports’ attempt to keep the ball alive backfired, but Hucknall weren’t to be written off.

A triple change saw Ollie Bowley, James Hallam and Charles Blatherwick all introduced within the space of five minutes and Bowley soon delivered into the danger area for Blatherwick to power home a fine header.

Then fine work once more by Blatherwick and Tom Eastwood saw the ball find its way to the unmarked Bowley who hit a first-time shot in at the near post to draw the scores level with only ten minutes to go, and 4-4 was how it stayed.

Dante Diriso was named man-of-the-match.

Hucknall Sports Whites U10s earned a 4-1 win over Underwood Villa in the YEL Sunday Division 2B.

Villa took an early lead but Keegan Stubbs-Booth soon levelled the scores.

After the break Sports looked a different side and the goals started flowing.

A brace from Levi Hobden put them 3-1 up, his second following a great through ball by Stubbs-Booth, and a fourth followed thanks to a fine strike by Reece Johns.

Man-of-the-match was jointly awarded to Malaki Wooldridge and Keegan Stubbs-Booth.

Hucknall Harriers U16s produced another goal feast with a 9-2 win over Southwell City keeping them top of NYL Sunday Division Two.

They have now scored 41 goals in five matches but had to come from a goal down in this one, two goals coming from David Buckley, one from man-of-the-match Alex Paterson and further strikes from James Wright, Liam Kilcullen, Kurtis Allsop, Daniel Crump, Joe Walker, Rhyss Edwards.

Notts County Ladies Senior Development side overcame Bingham Town Ladies 3-1.

Things started well for Notts as Eleanor Brooks, who had only got back from America at 8am that morning, set up Jade Benniston from an indirect free-kick and she fired home.

Goalkeeper Kelly Hackman very busy and following some good saves she was faced with a penalty after she brought down the Bingham striker.

However, she stood strong and got both hands to it and was relieved the rebound was cleared by Ellie Marriott at the second attempt.

The second-half saw Bingham equalise early in proceedings, but Notts were soon to restore their lead as player-of-the-match Benniston scored her second from the penalty spot.

The win was wrapped up with five minutes to go when Betteridge fed Charley MacLaren who beat her defender and smashed home in style to seal all three points.

The Senior Ladies first team had a tough afternoon as they fell 5-1 at Lincoln City in the East Midlands Women’s Regional Football League.

A comedy of errors, with too many players far from their best resulted in a poor performance from County.

The game was played without a league-appointed referee and it was soon clear that County were going to have to be at their best to get something from a game played at a high tempo with both teams creating goal scoring chances

Two goals in quick succession had City ahead during the first-half, but Notts County pulled a goal back just before the break when Cath Eyley found April Bingham who in turn hit a long curved ball into the path of Courtney Walters to slot it into the bottom corner for 2-1, which is how the score remained until half-time.

The second period saw Notts uncharacteristically play far too many poor passes which resulted in giving possession back to Lincoln who increased their lead early on and soon knocked added another two goals.

Player of the match was awarded to defender Serena Mason.

The team are away this Sunday (October 28) to Retford.