Cromford Veterans 2
Hucknall Rolls-Royce Veterans 0
Cromford managed to get this rearranged fixture played despite the bad weather.
Rolls-Royce had a much stronger squad than two weeks ago and it showed as they were quicker than Cromford in the opening exchanges and were the more purposeful side.
But Cromford weathered the storm and began to probe the R-R defences. Blackburn on the left and Lambert on the right were getting good ball in to the front pair of Hoe and Bourne who worked well together but could not find a way through the Hucknall rearguard.
Dave Castle and Ian Ford began to get into the game, which gave Cromford more of the ball.
This forced Hucknall to revert to the long ball but Micky Greaves, along with returning captain Mark Bullen, dealt with these aerial threats. Phil Boam was on hand to to stop the few that did get through.
The second half saw Cromford ring the changes. Clarke, Nelson, Weller and Minns came on and Weller’s crosses from the left had Hucknall scurrying back to clear but Cromford could not get on the end of one.
Nelson’s tackling in midfield was winning Cromford good ball and from one such tackle the ball fell to marauding full back Phil Ward who carried the ball forward at pace but was fouled.
The advantage was played and the ball broke to Lambert who fired in an unstoppable shot.
Hucknall tried to get back into the game but Clarke Greaves and co were not about to surrender this hard-earned lead and tackled everything Hucknall threw at them. Weller had to retire through injury, Bullen coming on but this time upfront.
Minns had an effort go just wide and Nelson screamed one just over the bar before Cromford’s second and much-needed goal came after Lambert unleashed a piledriver from fully 25 yards out, which the keeper could not hold and Bourne acrobatically thundered in the rebound.
Hucknall did press Cromford back and nearly pulled one back, Mickey Greaves bringing out the best of Phil Boam with a misplaced header.
This win lifted Cromford to the top of Section B Division One of the East Midlands Veterans League.
Notts Police are the visitors to the Meadows this Sunday, with a 2pm kick-off.
Cromford’s thanks must go to referee Pete Bailey who at the 11th hour stood in for Rob Reece who was on county duty.