Hucknall Rolls grind out end-of-season draw

POINT SAVER -- Kane Matthews (right), who scored Rolls's equaliser, delivers a cross during the draw against Eastwood.
POINT SAVER -- Kane Matthews (right), who scored Rolls's equaliser, delivers a cross during the draw against Eastwood.

An end-of-season air pervaded a scrappy, wind-affected clash between HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE and neighbours Eastwood Community in the Central Midlands League’s South Division.

TV attractions such as the Grand National, or even the Boat Race, were preferable options for supporters as the two sides ground out a 1-1 draw that finally scuppered Rolls’s hopes of a top-five finish in their debut season but continued struggling Eastwood’s late-season revival.

The home team were so badly handicapped by injuries and unavailability that assistant manager Jonathan ‘Toddy’ Wass was forced into a rare appearance after defender Ash Marshall pulled up with another knock as early as the 17th minute.

Victory prospects looked bleak seven minutes before half-time when they gifted Eastwood the lead with a bizarre own goal by young goalkeeper Jack Walker, who was caught in two minds and ended up throwing the ball into the net!

After Matt Rick had wasted a golden chance to level, Walker made amends in the second period when turning a powerful drive round an upright. And as Rolls continued to battle away, they equalised on 68 when Kane Matthews latched on to a loose ball in the area to finish with aplomb.

The Hucknall outfit now have just one more fixture to negotiate -- away to Derbyshire side Swanwick Pentrich Road this Saturday.

ROLLS LINE-UP (3-4-1-2) -- Walker/ Buckley, Brooks, Marshall/ Smith R., Conn, Haskey (man-of-match), Matthews K/ Bettridge/ Rick, Allen J. SUBS: Wass, Harrison R., Allen H.