Floodlight failure brings Rolls title showdown to a halt

Linby Colliery Welfare v Hucknall Rolls Royce Leisure''31-08-2010
Linby Colliery Welfare v Hucknall Rolls Royce Leisure''31-08-2010

The lights went out on the eagerly-awaited top-of-the-table crunch match between HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE and Kimberley Miners Welfare -- literally!

The leading two sides in the Notts Senior League’s Senior Division could not be separated after a goalless first half.

But then floodlight failure at the Rolls-Royce Leisure Club ground, off Watnall Road, called a premature halt to to the proceedings.

Nothing could be done to get the lighs to function properly as the second period was about to start at 4 pm. So the referee had little option but to abandon the game, which will now be re-scheduled for later in the campaign.

Embarrassed Rolls say work would be carried out this week to repair the lights as soon as possible.

Leaders Kimberley were annoyed most because they had dominated the opening half, which was played at a frantic pace.

Prolific former Hucknall Town striker Jake Fisher was always posing a threat and could have ended up with a hat-trick.

First he blazed wide from 18 yards. Next he was presented with a free header from a corner, but headed over. And then Fisher was clean through on goal -- only to be denied by Rolls goalkeeper Jake Pearson, who made a fine save.

The Rollers did create one good chance of their own when Andy Start’s 20-yard drive was turned round a post.

But they were delighted to hear the half-time whistle, which gave them a chance to re-group and re-assess.

Their cause wans’t helped, though, by the loss of striker Chay Bettridge to an ankle injury.

Rolls are also having to cope with the absence of experienced star player Richard Harrison, who has left the club to re-join Basford United in the Premier Division of the Northern Counties East League.

Harrison (33), one of the best players on the amateur circuit to have emerged from Hucknall in the last ten years, has been back and forth at Rolls like the proverbial yo-yo.

He left newly-promoted Basford last season, but has now returned after new manager Martin Carruthers was appointed to replace Daz Saunders.

Basford, who have made remarkable progress in recent seasons, currently sit as high as seventh in the table and are through to the quarter-finals of the Notts FA Senior County Cup.

ROLLS LINE-UP (4-4-2) -- Pearson J./ Paterson I., Short, Duncan, Marshall/ Conn, Matthews J., Haskey, Matthews K./ Bettridge, Start A. Subs: Smith R., Wass, Brooks.

ROLLS face another crucial challenge this coming Saturday in their quest for the NSL title when they travel to fellow high-riders Beeston AFC, who have lost just once all season.