Derby day with Hucknall Town ahead of Senior Cup test for Rollers

ACTION REPLAY -- Town's Elliott Pitt (left) and Rolls's Jack Matthews get in a tangle during the last local derby between the two clubs in August. They face each other again this Saturday.
ACTION REPLAY -- Town's Elliott Pitt (left) and Rolls's Jack Matthews get in a tangle during the last local derby between the two clubs in August. They face each other again this Saturday.

Both HUCKNALL TOWN and HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE are looking forward to bigger fish to fry after a blank Saturday in the Central Midlands League’s (CML) South Division.

Town’s scheduled trip to Southwell City was postponed at the 11th hour after the home side failed to raise a team for the second time in five days. The game will now be played later in the season.

Southwell, who are in disarray after the resignation of their manager Dave Scott, also called off their Floodlit Cup tie against Bulwell in midweek.

Rolls were without a fixture last weekend too. But now both they and Town clash in the latest of the big local derbies that have ignited interest in the Dispatch district this term.

They meet at Watnall Road this Saturday, with in-form Rolls seeking revenge after a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Andy Graves’s Yellows back in August.

The match represents the start of a massive week for Jez Corthorn and Jonathan ‘Toddy’ Wass’s side because next Wednesday, they tackle the last 16 (Third Round) of the Notts FA Senior County Cup for only the second time in their history.

On the previous occasion, five years ago, Rolls were knocked out by the current holders of the prestigious trophy, Carlton Town. This time, they face old Notts Senior League (NSL) foes, PMG Cavaliers, in a tie that has been switched to Rolls’s ground to be played under floodlights. Cavaliers currently sit seventh in the NSL’s Senior Division.

The Rollers are also looking forward to home ties in two CML cup competitions. In the last 16 of the league cup, they face Sherwood Colliery, who knocked out Bulwell in the last round, and in the southern quarter-finals of the Floodlit Cup, they play Belper United.

Town are at home too in the league cup -- against Pinxton, who knocked them out of the Floodlit Cup last week -- as are Linby Colliery Welfare -- against Clay Cross Town.