Resurgent HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE bounced back into the Notts Senior League title race after ending their goal drought and revelling in a collapse by their main rivals.
After a run of only two goals in five matches, Rolls raced to wins of 4-0 , 3-0 and 3-1 over Ruddington Village, Attenborough and Awsworth Villa respectively.
But just as important were a couple of quickfire defeats for long-time leaders Kimberley Miners Welfare -- 3-2 at home to Selston and 5-2 at Wollaton.
Now Rolls are on the same number of points as Kimberley again, with a superior goal-difference.
However, both could be foiled because the new hot favourites for the championship are surprise package Selston.
Selston went top of the table on Tuesday night and are now a point in front of both Rolls and Kimberley with two games in hand as well.
At least The Rollers can confidently stride into the run-in, knowing they are back to form. Their frontline options have also been considerably strengthened by the return from injury of Jack Allen and the signing of free-scoring ex-Bulwell striker Robbie England, both of whom featured in the win at Attenborough last Saturday.
Rolls were always the better side, enjoying large chunks of possession and looking comfortable at the back, restricting the home team to long-range efforts.
But too often their final ball let them down and as their play became disjointed, they were frustrated by an organised Attenborough outfit.
Finally, a minute into the second half, the breakthrough goal arrived to settle them down. Ash Marshall put Kane Matthews in the clear and although the home ‘keeper was favourite to intercept, he completely misjudged his clearance, allowing the Rolls man to finish from a tight angle.
The killer second goal came in the 75th minute and was appropriately triggered by a smart save from man-of-the-match goalkeeper Jake Pearson, whose handling and distribution in difficult conditions could not be faulted all game. Pearson quickly released Greg Conn, who exchanged passes with Marshall and Allen in midfield before curling home a left-foot shot from 20 yards.
Pearson pulled off another fine stop to foil Attenborough’s dangerman, Justin Whatmore, before Rolls sealed the points four minutes from the end.
Allen, who has been sidelined for four months, fed Conn, whose cross from the right was met by substitute and assistant manager Jonathan ‘Toddy’ Wass rolling back the years with a diving header from eight yards.
The victory came four days after a midweek cruise at home to Ruddington that featured goals from Andy Start (2), England and Josh Haskey.
Making it three fine wins on the spin, Rolls defeated Awsworth on Tuesday night, thanks to two goals from England and one from Start.
THE DATE and venue have been fixed for Rolls’s league cup final against Boots Athletic. It will take place at Arnold Town’s Eagle Valley Stadium ground on Tuesday 6th May (7.30 pm).