Barrowby start brightly in defeat at Hucknall Town

Barrowby man-of-the-match Barry Payne.
Barrowby man-of-the-match Barry Payne.
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Central Midlands League

South

Hucknall Town 4

Barrowby 1

The Swans visited Hucknall Town who not many seasons ago were pitting their wits against Grantham Town.

This did not overawe the visitors who started brightly with Spearink and Glencross linking up well to cause problems for the home defecse. The efforts of Spearink looked to be rewarded when he fired home on 17 minutes only for the goal to be ruled offside.

Hucknall stepped up a gear and began to create chances but poor finishing kept the scores level.

A 10-minute spell of sustained pressure at the end of the first half culminated in Barrowby taking the lead. A quality delivery from a Clarke corner was met by the soaring Warner who, under pressure from several jumping Hucknall players, looped a header into the far corner. As the half time whistle went, Barrowby were worthy leaders and by far the better team.

The second half immediately saw chances created at both ends. Barrowby had a couple to increase their lead when Spearink fired straight at the keeper when clear through, and fired wide from close range after a keeper error.

The Swans were punished for these missed opportunities when on 54 minutes Hucknall equalised. A corner from the right was swung over and through a crowded box where a Hucknall player powered a header low and hard which bounced under the diving Flavell and into the net. Only some stout defending from Stubbs prevented a second when he cleared off the line.

The home side went in front on 73 minutes when a defence-splitting ball saw the Hucknall striker beat the offside trap to run unchallenged and slot past Flavell.

Barrowby were let off in the 80th minute when Hucknall smashed a penalty against the post but the home side added a third goal five minutes, and a fourth was not long coming when a loose Clarke throw was intercepted and squared for a simple tap-in.

Man of the match was Barry Payne.