Hucknall Town became the latest victims of the admirable Eastwood CFC revival in the Central Midlands League’s South Division.
After months as the rock-bottom, winless whipping-boys, league newcomers Eastwood have suddenly found their feet and they secured their third win of the season by beating Town 1-0 to continue their climb up the table.
The triumph was particularly satisfying for two of the Coronation Park club’s directors, Ben Marshall and Brian Willows, who are Hucknall-based businessmen. Paul MacFarland is the manager masterminding the resurgence, and although his team’s route-one style of football was branded ‘hoof and boot’ by his Yellows counterpart, Andy Graves, it is proving mightily effective.
Town paid the price for failing to convert their chances. The only goal came late on when the physical presence of burly striker Kyle Hall saw him win the ball on the edge of Hucknall’s 18-yard box and then force a mistake in the defence which led to a shot by Nick Hewer that deflected past stranded ‘keeper James Beddingham.
Town’s best chances fell to Adam Nelson and Aaron Evans. Nelson crashed a shot against the bar and had a goal disallowed for offside. Evans was denied by a last-ditch goalline clearance from returning Eastwood defender Adam Jackson and then, in the dying minutes, he lashed wide from close range.
The win keeps Eastwood 14th in the table, five points ahead of second bottom Southwell and just four points behind Harrowby Saints.
Eastwood were due to host Southwell City on Wednesday night but the game has now been moved to Saturday, April 18.
‘Wood are without a game this coming Saturday but will return to action next Wednesday night with a home match against Harrowby Saints, kick-off 7.45pm at Coronation Park.