Magnificent HUCKNALL TOWN took across-the-road neighbours, HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE, to the cleaners for the second time this season in the latest Central Midlands League, South Division derby.
Little more than three months after routing Rolls 5-1 on their own patch, Town completed a big-score double with a 4-1 follow-up at Watnall Road last Saturday.
Just one point separated the two sides as they went into the match. But the moods in the two camps were poles apart after a one-sided cakewalk for Andy Graves’s ever-improving Yellows.
Said Graves: “I was delighted with the performance and the quality of the goals, although a few words were spoken about the sloppy goal we conceded late on.
“I felt were were flattered a little by the 5-1 scoreline at their place earlier in the season. Today was more comfortable, so we have to be pleased.”
In contrast, Rolls chiefs Jez Corthorn and Jonathan ‘Toddy’ Wass were fuming that their team had let themselves down on such a big day -- and in front of a good-sized crowd of 116.
“Some at our club will offer the excuse that we had no fewer than six players unavailable for various reasons. However, myself and Toddy offer no excuse for our performance, which was totally unacceptable.
“Town dominated the game and totally deserved their victory.”
The roll-call of absentees that Corthorn referred to included centre-backs James Duncan and Aaron Short and midfielder Jack Matthews. But it wasn’t a day for what-might-have-beens. Instead it was all about a polished, powerful display by Town that came hard on the heels of a similar 4-0 drubbing dished out to Bulwell in another derby last month.
They were creating problems from the off with Cayne Maxwell’s long-range shot fizzing inches wide and Elliott Pitt’s curling free-kick smashing against the Rolls crossbar.
The opening goal was inevitable and when a four-man move led to a cross by Ben Waplington, striker Aaron Evans slid in to provide it in the eighth minute.
The Yellows’ tidy and fluent football continued to pay dividends against Rolls’s more direct approach. And it was soon 2-0 as Pitt found the bottom corner with another well-taken free-kick that he bent round the wall.
Rolls tried to miss out midfield even more in the second half and briefly threatened, forcing home ‘keeper James Beddingham into one fine save. But Town were soon on top again and doubled their lead with goals from man-of-the-match Cameron Davidson, whose 35-yard left-foot strike hit the top corner, and substitute Adam Nelson, who marked his return from injury.
Nelson could have added two more as The Yellows continued to maraud down both flanks. But first he chose to pass, rather than shoot, and then he was foiled in a one-on-one.
Rolls were well beaten by the time they bagged a last-minute consolation through Greg Conn when the home team failed to clear a corner.
GOALS -- Aaron Evans (Town) 8, Elliott Pitt (Town) 29, Cameron Davidson (Town) 62, Adam Nelson (Town) 76, Greg Conn (Rolls) 89.
CROWD -- 116.
TOWN LINE-UP (4-5-1) -- James Beddingham/ Cayne Maxwell, Dave Leak, Joe Atkinson, Elliott Pitt/ Cameron Davidson, Nathan Robinson, Junior Harding, Leon Aikman, Ben Waplington/ Aaron Evans.
SUBS USED: Josh Henry (for Maxwell), James Rigg (for Waplington), Adam Nelson (for Evans).
TOWN STARMAN: Cameron Davidson.
ROLLS LINE-UP (3-4-1-2) -- Jake Pearson/ Billy Brooks, Johnny Buckley, Richard Harrison/ Greg Conn, Josh Haskey, Jack James, Rory Smith/ Jack Smith/ Jack Allen, Chay Bettridge.
SUBS: Ash Marshall, Jonathan ‘Toddy’ Wass, Craig Thomasen, Kane Matthews.
ROLLS STARMAN: Jack James.