Coleshill Town 3 Hucknall Town 0
By Pete Lee
Town's FA Vase cup run ends
Hucknall Town bowed out of the FA Vase after a 3-0 defeat away at Coleshill Town who play two levels higher on the football pyramid.
Although the score line flattered the hosts thanks to an injury time penalty Coleshill’s decision making in the final third was the difference overall and they deserved their win.
Town had to contend with injuries and illness, with Adam Nelson starting up front and Kieran Watson on the left, Niall Thompson started on Towns right.
The first twenty minutes was a little cagey but the yellows were playing the better and the more easy on the eye football, Coleshill were content to play long to their impressive number ten to flick on and try and get their lively striker away.
Town were looking competent in their build up but when they got into a dangerous position the final pass was the wrong one time after time. Niall Thompson brought a good save from the Coleshill keeper when he ran on his own and then a great tackle by Coleshill defender prevented Thompson from unleashing his shot.
Coleshill had a couple of half chances and James Beddingham saved well before Towns Tom Crisp hit a shot that rose over the Coleshill bar.
Coleshill took the lead on 26 minutes when their big number ten had an easy tap in following a good cross.
Kieran Watson put in a good cross but the ball evaded a yellow shirt and then Thompson shot narrowly wide.
Town were dealt a blow with two minutes to the half time whistle when Crisp cut inside and appeared to be fouled on two occasions before being dumped on the ground by a third tackle – town appealed but the ref waved play on – the next pass found a Coleshill player who was played through and hit a shot powerfully past Beddingham.
Town had a lot of the possession but Coleshill dictated the pace of the game but did not have the threat as they had in the first half – the yellows had a big shout for a penalty turned down when a shot was blocked by both forearms of a Coleshill defender – the referee waving play on much to the annoyance of the Yellows supporters (who made up over half of the paltry 55 attendance).
The Yellows had a golden chance to pull a goal back and make the last 15 minutes interesting when Montell Gatland crossed hard and low but somehow Watson could not get a foot to it.
Beddingham made a very good save before the tie was sealed when Dave Leak made minimal contact with Coleshill player and the referee pointed to the spot and the resulting kick made it a flattering 3-0.
After the match Andy Graves spoke to hucknalltownfc.co.uk
I thought the second goal coming when and in the manner that did dented our confidence, ultimately I felt it was our decision making with the final pass when we got into good positions that let us down and the big ones that you expect from the officials didn’t go our way.
Overall they made the difference in levels count with their finishing but it shows there is not a huge gulf between us and step 5 and I wish them well in the next round.
We are obviously disappointed that our Vase journey has ended but we have made progress as a club and gone two rounds further than last season.
Their local paper reported thought we were impressive so it’s a shame we did not play to the potential and form we have this season.
Another big cup game this Saturday against Linby in the Notts Senior cup so we must quickly regroup and prepare for that.
Town MOM: Dave Leak
James Beddingham, Kajally Danso, Dave Leak, Joe Atkinson, Tom Crisp
Cameron Davidson, Michael Banister, Leon Aikman, Kieran Watson
Niall Thompson, Adam Nelson
Subs Used: Montell Gatland - Nelson
Subs Not Used: Dwayne Ngandi, Junior Harding, Cayne, Maxwell