Tough start to campaign

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by Colin Ingley

This Monday’s Handicap Cup game at Hucknall represents a tough official start to the season, despite Matlock’s 20-goal start.

In a competition that decides handicapped scores by league positions the previous year, Hucknall are only entering the one side in 2012, as opposed to the A and B teams of the last campaign. This could work either way according to assistant coach Richard Flint.

“They could have A or B team players or a mixture of both. We believe it will be the B side, but we need to prepare for whatever they put out. We are still without one or two regulars but the people who have come in have done very well.”

Last Tuesday’s friendly game at Nottingham University willl have acted as the coming campaign’s last preparation match. Watch out for a full report in next week’s Mercury.

Last Sunday’s committee meeting once again demonstrated the great strides being made in the club’s ambitious plans. The Tiny Tim Trust, a voluntary organisation that supplies equipment for children with a range of disabilities, was voted in as the local charity June’s Great North Swim and other work will be aimed towards.

Club president Jim Evans was so excited at the decision that he immediately made his way down to Devon to prepare in the sea the next day for June’s event. However, after having realised that his wetsuit was still in Derbyshire, his subsequent sunbathing jaunt led to a stay in Barnstable General A and E for the afternoon.

Moderate hypothermia was believed to have been allayed, at the time of going to press.