Three goals of the highest quality lifted HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE out of the stormclouds and back to the top of the Notts Senior League’s Senior Division last Saturday.
Rory Smith, Greg Conn and Jack Matthews supplied the strikes for a 3-2 victory at home to Keyworth United -- and pole position in the title race.
It meant that for the second week running, Rolls had taken full advantage of being able to beat the weather while most of their title rivals languished on the settee in front of the fire.
They now head the table by a point from Kimberley Miners Welfare and although they have played more games than most of the contenders, they have opened up a healthy eight-point gap between themselves and third place.
It was a hard-fought victory in difficult driving wind and rain against Keyworth, who might be near the foot of the table but who have been in good form in recent weeks.
The Rollers started brightly and took a deserved lead in the tenth minute when the visitors only half-cleared a set-piece and Smith made them pay with a stunning left-foot volley from 20 yards.
Keyworth got themselves back in to the game on the half-hour when Adam Taylor pounced from six yards after a goalmouth scramble.
And five minutes later, they almost snatched a shock lead when prolific ex-Bulwell striker Scott Litchfield forced goalkeeper Jake Pearson to tip over his bar from a free-kick.
However, Rolls restored their lead three minutes before the break when right-back Greg Conn popped up in the area to unleash an acrobatic volley from a corner.
Early in the second half, the weather deteriorated so much that the players were taken off for a 12-minute spell.
But on the resumption, Keyworth looked much the better side and were rewarded within three minutes when Litchfield planted a powerful header from eight yards.
At this point, The Rollers looked in trouble, so it was a mighty relief when they made it 3-2 out of the blue. This time, Kane Matthews raced clear on the break and finished a one-on-one with aplomb.
The goal seemed to settle the Hucknall outfit down again and they created several chances to kill the game off.
They failed to convert any, but with both sides tiring on a heavy pitch, they switched to 4-5-1 to see things out with comfort.
THE Rollers’ scheduled match at home to Bilborough Town on Wednesday night was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
They now take a brief break from league action to take in the quarter-finalsd of the league’s Senior Cup this coming Saturday.
Rolls have been drawn away to Second Division underdogs Moorgreen, who have dropped only five points and conceded only six goals all season.