Rampant HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE plundered nine goals in their latest game -- but they reserved most praise for a volunteer member of the club who didn’t even play.
Rolls’s 9-1 demolition of relegation-threatened Nottingham United propelled them back into the heart of the Notts Senior League, Senior Division title race.
However, they generously recognised that the match would not have gone ahead at all without the sterling efforts of committee-man Roy Lee.
“With the bad weather and heavy rain, we were delighted the Rolls pitch was playable -- and really grateful to Roy for clearing all the surface water on the Saturday morning,” said manager Jez Corthorn.
On a day when some of their title rivals had their matches postponed because of waterlogged pitches, Rolls capitalised to the full to make a perfect start to 2014.
Seasoned striker Andy Start had them in front from the second minute and from then on, The Rollers dominated the game against a Nottingham side struggling to make an impression in their debut season in the league.
Chay Bettridge and Greg Conn were soon on the scoresheet too, and Start struck again before the visitors earned themselves brief respite with a terrific goal at the other end from Greg Davis, who hammered home from 25 yards.
By half-time, Rolls led 5-1 thanks to Kane Matthews, who went on to complete a fine hat-trick with two more strikes in the last ten minutes.
Bettridge found the net again -- this time with a penalty -- and young Connor Whiles, not long released by Nottingham Forest, got in on the act too, cracking home an unstoppable 20-yarder.
Another positive for Corthorn and his assistant, Jonathan ‘Toddy’ Wass, was the return to action of frontman Jack Allen, who had been out injured for 12 weeks.
Allen went on as a substitute for the last half-hour as Rolls enjoyed the luxury of a full squad to choose from for the first time in many moons.
The victory returned them to second place in the table and sent them to within two points of leaders Kimberley Miners Welfare at the halfway stage of the campaign.
Their next two fixtures are also winnable home contests -- against Burton Joyce and Bilborough Town.