Match Ratings...Vs Hucknall Town

Last updated : 08 July 2005 By Rob Davies
After the opening friendly it's always going to be a mediocre set of ratings, with the players still someway of full fitness and the season over a month away.

However, for the purpose of argument's sake, here they are.

(6 Average)

Kevin Pilkington- 6, Had very little to do, but produced one excellent save in the first half from a stinging drive.

Brian O'Callaghan- 6, Struggled to begin with, but grew in stature after confidently netting the opener.

Julien Baudet - 6, Quietly efficent from the Frenchman, who captained the side. Will have to fend off competition from no-less than six competitors for his centre back slot this coming season.

Kelvin Wilson- 6, Neat and tidy display from the youngster, who continues to improve. Was twice accidently kicked in the head, but remained un-fazed.

Craig Armstrong- 7, Star man. Impressive stuff from the trialist, who should complete his signing in the near future. Solid and dependable display at left back. Would be more than adequate cover for Ullathorne.

David Pipe- 6, Plenty of running down the right-hand side, and even showed signs that his crossing has improved over the close season.

Lewis McMahon- 6, Quiet debut in the centre midfield, before being withdrawn at half-time. Get the impression there's more to come.

Mike Edwards- 7, Solid return to first-team action from the one and only 'Steady Eddy', who may well fund himself performing in that advanced midfield role when the season commences. Neat and tidy in possession, a worthwhile showing.

Chris Palmer- 7, The most lively of the Notts players and easily our biggest threat. Had a hand in both goals and continued to deliver quality crosses from the left throughout the game, providing a useful outlet. Was still seen bottling challenges/headers, though.

Glynn Hurst- 5, Poor showing from Hurst, who will have to work harder for his place this year. Sharpness was lacking.

Gavin Gordon- 5, Like his strike partner, it was a decidedly unimpressive display from Gordon, who displayed an awful first touch and the ability to kick the ball out of the ground. Will need to raise his game to keep his place in the side after the arrival of White.


Shane McFaul (Edwards 46)- 7, Confident showing from the youngster, who was involved in a lot of the Magpies' best work during the second period.

Stacy Long (McMahon 46)- 7, Scored an excellent goal with a crisp volley, whilst his all-round play was also impressive. Did his chances of earning a permanent deal no harm at all.

Steve Scoffham (Hurst 46)- 6, Battled hard upfront with little reward.

Matt Gill (Baudet 63)- 6, Solid showing on the right midfield from Gill, who twice came close to scoring.

Shaun Harrad (Gordon 65)- 6, Quiet.

Darren Sheridan (Pipe 69)- 7, Impressive stuff from the youngster on trial from non-league Dunkirk. Produced a number of excellent runs down the right. Deserves another go.

Emmet Friars (Armstrong 73)- 6, Solid and dependable at left back.

Not Used: Deeney.