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Hucknall 1-1 Magpies

By Sam
July 16 2006

Hucknall 1v1 Notts C HT0-0: 1,003
Pre-Season Friendly

Most of the squad got 45 minutes worth of action, while other players played a little more as all of the fit and available players got a run-out against Kevin Wilson’s side, and is the first piece of action for on the field in the run-up to the 2006/07 season which gets underway in 3 weeks time.

Few chances came in the first half, with Stephen Hunt almost scoring a comical own goal when he thundered a volley back to Saul Deeney, but luckily flew just wide of the post for a corner.

The two best chances of the half came when Dan Martin shot wide from inside the box and Lawrie Dudfield just failed to get his toe on the end of a corner after a goalmouth scramble. Tcham N’Toya had a chance but his effort was deflected away before a defender cleared it.

Saul Deeney was rarely tested, despite a number of balls into his area from crosses only a day after returning to Meadow Lane. And with Deeney fighting it out for the number one spot with Kevin Pilkington this season, should make a very interesting battle between the two.

The second half saw a number of changes by Steve Thompson with Pilkington, White, McCann, Mendes, Edwards and Parkinson playing, allowing all members of the squad to get some proper action and a run-out.

Midway through the second half one of those who where introduced during the break opened the scoring. A corner by Sheridan found the head of Jason Lee whose effort was blocked but from close range Junior Mendes hooked the ball into the roof of the net.

After a spate of pressure from Notts County that had seen Sheridan have a shot saved by former Magpies Youth Team goalkeeper Greg Smith and with Allen White failing to get to a Sheridan corner the goal was well deserved.

Thompson continued to change the players to try out various players in different roles, with Matt Somner, Jake Sheridan and Liam Needham in different positions to learn more about his team.

Hucknall levelled late on with a ball into the box that looked to be Pilkington’s, but he looked knocked of balance by a Hucknall striker allowing the ball to run free for Oli Olaniperken to tap the ball home, with the referee allowing play to go on for the Hucknall sub to score.

Notts could have won late on with Gary Silk’s powerful long-range shot being superbly tipped onto the crossbar by Smith and then Mike Edwards headed over from the resulting corner.

With four pre-season games remaining and the Notts management having learned a great deal from this match and learning more from the games to come, should be interesting to see the starting line up for our trip to Sincil Bank in three weeks time with so many places up for grabs

Magpies First Half: Deeney, Gleeson, Needham, Hunt, Somner, Sheridan, Frost, Curtis, Martin, N’Toya, Dudfield.

Notts Second Half: Pilkington, Silk, Edwards, White, McCann, Parkinson, Curtis (Needham), Martin (Somner), Sheridan (Dudfield (N’Toya)), Lee, Mendes.

Next Match: Wed 19th Jul (A) Arnold Town 7:30pm

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