League title slipping away from Rolls

SO CLOSE --  Jack Matthews (left), who could have done with goalline technology when his shot bounced down off the underside of the bar in the closing minutes at Wollaton
SO CLOSE -- Jack Matthews (left), who could have done with goalline technology when his shot bounced down off the underside of the bar in the closing minutes at Wollaton

Careless HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE can feel the Notts Senior League, Senior Division championship slipping away after a costly defeat at Wollaton last Saturday.

The 1-0 reverse against the team they beat in the semi-finals of the league cup left them off the pace in the three-team race for the title.

Rolls sit three points behind leaders Kimberley Miners Welfare with just three matches to play. And in between the pair are Selston, who still have five to play.

Jez Corthorn’s team will be fancied to win all of their remaining games -- at Cotgrave this Saturday and then at home to Bilborough Town next Tuesday night and Attenborough on Saturday 3rd May. But even then, they would be relying on the top two stumbling.

A rare defeat for Selston, at the hands of Kimberley, gave Rolls the chance to return to the top last Saturday. But they never did enough to beat a strong Wollaton side, determined to move into the top four themselves.

There was controversy six minutes from the end when a 20-yard strike by Jack Matthews was tipped on to the underside of the bar and appeared to bounce down over the line.

But the referee ruled no goal. Instead the game was settled by a solitary effort in the 52nd minutew when Jordan Alls got the wrong side of the Rolls backline and finished with aplomb from 12 yards.

The goal triggered a spell of pressure from Wollaton in which only poor finishing and fine last-ditch defending prevented them putting the game out of reach.

Rolls survived and did play themselves back into it. Andy Start went close with an angled drive, a goalbound effort from substitute Harry Allen was cleared off the line and another sub, Jamie ‘Midge’ Thomas saw a left-foot shot from distance tipped over.

However, the Hucknall side could not produce the kind of form that had controlled a midweek match four days earlier.

In a dress-rehearsal for their forthcoming cup final, The Rollers strode to a cosy 2-0 win over Boots Athletic 2-0 thanks to a goal in each half from strike duo Robbie England and Start.

The night augured well for the final against the same side on 6th May, but Rolls boss Corthorn said they would be taking nothing for granted because Boots were missing several key players.