Relieved HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE returned to winning ways when avoiding a potential banana-skin in the First Round of the Notts Senior League’s Senior Cup.
Senior Division tabletoppers Rolls had to travel to meet Second Division underdogs Newark Flowserve, who have re-formed this season after previously playing in the Central Midlands League.
Managers Jez Corthorn and Jonathan ‘Toddy’ Wass were understandably wary after two successive defeats for their side, including a disappointing one against Kimberley Miners Welfare the previous Saturday.
But adopting a new 3-5-2 formation, they were delighted with a comfortable 4-1 victory and said they couldn’t fault the attitude and commitment of the players.
Rolls took some time to adapt to the new system, which was understandable. But large chunks of possession finally yielded a goal when seasoned utility player Ash Marshall marked his return to the frontline with a neat turn and terrific finish in the 28th minute.
The tie looked as good as over when Andy Start added a second two minutes before the interval after good work by Kane Matthews.
However, the Hucknall side didn’t have things all their own way. Newark always posed a threat going forward and looked dangerous from set-pieces.
Indeed they got themselves back in the game on the hour when substitute Tommy Perkins outjumped defender Richard Harrison to loop a header over ‘keeper Jake Pearson.
Thankfully, the goal seemed so spur Rolls back into life and they dominated the rest of the match.
Start netted his second goal in the 70th minute, tapping home at the far post when Marshall headed the ball down. And influential midfielder Jack James capped a man-of-the-match performance eight minutes from the end when heading in goal number four.
Now The Rollers are ready to return to their pursuit of the Notts Senior League, Senior Division title when they travel to meet sixth-placed Selston this coming Saturday.