North Notts manager Jay Faulkner calls on side to be more clinical despite 9-0 win

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North Notts put their disappointment of losing to league leaders Loughborough behind them after trouncing a poor Kings Heath side 9-0 on Saturday.

Speaking after the game Notts manager Jay Faulkner said: “9-0 is a great result, but were not happy with our overall performance and we feel we could have had another four or five goals.

“We have to be happy with the result, but the real test will be next weekend when we need to pick up some points against the teams around us.”

Notts, without Jarvis and influential midfielders William Butler and Nathan Smith, looked bright from the start, but it was obvious that Kings Heath were going to make it as difficult as possible by getting men behind the ball.

Kings Heath did in fact manage to curtail the Notts attack until the 14th minute mark and actually give the Notts defence some headaches using their pacey winger on the breakaway.

However Notts soon won a short corner that was eventually turned in by 1st X1 new boy Simon Atkin on the line.

More flowing play kept the pressure on Kings Heath and on 22 minutes Notts made it 2-0 with a thunderbolt strike from Allen Butler that rocketed into the roof of the goal.

On 31 minutes Allen Butler added a third for Notts with a carbon copy goal again thundering the ball into the roof of the goal.

Notts added a fourth right on half-time from another well worked short corner. This time Jason Barton coolly deflecting the ball into the goal to effectively tie up the game before the second half began.

The second half began with Notts wanting to keep the pressure on Kings Heath and increase the goal difference but again Notts were frustrated until the 53rd minute when Notts skipper Alex Greer deflected the ball home with a deft finish for 5-0.

Greer then made it 6-0 with a powerful drag flick from a penalty corner five minutes later as Notts were in cruise control.

Three minutes later Marc Johnson struck a clinical strike after a sharp turn in the “D”.

During the final 10 minutes of the game Notts played their best hockey finally utilising their wide men and stretching the game.

Jason Barton grab his second on 63 minutes after coming close on two previous occasions and the scorijng was finished when Ant Clay scored Notts’ ninth goal after his drag flick was initially saved.

Next week Notts have a double header away on Saturday at Warwick University and away at Leicester on Sunday.