Rolls ready for big Bank Holiday derby double-header

JACK IN THE BOX --  substitute Jack Allen who popped up in the penalty area to grab Rolls's late equaliser.

JACK IN THE BOX -- substitute Jack Allen who popped up in the penalty area to grab Rolls's late equaliser.

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Newly-promoted HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE tuned up in style for a big local-derby double-header over the Bank Holiday weekend.

For they bounced back from 3-1 down to grab a 3-3 draw away to much-fancied Real United with two goals in the last ten minutes.

Now they are ready for a true test of their Central Midlands League, South Division credentials when they entertain both Hucknall Town and Linby Colliery Welfare inside 48 hours.

Town visit the Rolls Leisure Club on Saturday before Linby make the same short trip on Bank Holiday Monday. Both matches kick off at 3 pm.

The Rollers must have feared the worst when they travelled to Real’s Inspire Stadium at Stoke Bardolph. For the home side had raced to a 9-2 win three days earlier against a Blidworth side who had beaten Jez Corthorn and Toddy Wass’s troops the previous Tuesday.

Those fears were realised when they trailed to goals from Jordan Blair (2) and Jerome O’Connor in front of a vociferous home crowd.

However, Rolls were kept in the contest by a string of superb saves by young goalkeeper Jack Walker, plus another eyecatching performance by their summer signing from Basford United, 20-year-old striker Jack Smith.

Smith it was who halved the deficit on 80 minutes, finding time for a low finish. And then just two minutes from time, one substitute, Jamie Thomas, delivered a sublime diagonal ball into the box where another sub, Jack Allen, calmly striking a shot into the bottom corner for an equaloiser.

The impressive Blair had given Real a first-half lead, which Smith cancelled out on 55 with an early contender for goal of the season -- a terrific dipping shot from 20 yards.

Blair struck again with a superb chip before sub O’Connor headed in off the bar.