Absent Hucknall Town boss inspires team to 9-0 win . . . after giving team talk via Skype

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The miracles of modern technology inspired Hucknall Town to a landslide 9-0 victory over Holbrook St Michael’s in the Central Midlands League’s South Division on Wednesday night.

Because he was working 330 miles away in Jersey, manager Andy Graves gave his team talk via Skype.

Boosted by the signing of Niall Thompson on his release from Torquay United, The Yellows had too much firepower for the bottom-of-the-table visitors.

Man-of-the-match Thompson plundered a hat-trick after fellow striker Johnny Hamilton had opened the floodgates in the 15th minute.

Centre-back Dave Leak also helped to make it 4-0 by the break before Adam Nelson (2), Leon Aikman (penalty) and Montel Gatland added to the rout in the second half.

Rampant Town could have had even more goals,with Aaron Evans missing three gilt-edged chances. But at least the result cheered up the club after the sad news that kitman Colin Corbett had suffered a stroke and was in intensive care.

Said Graves: “Colin is a big part of Hucknall Town, and we are praying he pulls through.”