Two wins in six-day test

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A punishing schedule of three games in six days against the worst three teams in the Notts Senior League’s Senior Division resulted in a satisfactory return of six points for HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE.

Last midweek, Rolls thumped bottom-of-the-table Sandhurst 4-2.

Last Saturday, they edged out next-to-bottom Keyworth United 2-1.

But on Tuesday night, they stumbled to a 1-0 defeat at struggling Wollaton, who were winning for only the sixth time this season.

Sandhurst were comfortably brushed aside, thanks to an own goal, plus strikes from Jack Allen, Jack James and the revitalised Dan Lee. Replying for the visitors were Cliff Clarke and substitute Joe Fletcher.

ROLLS LINE-UP: Pearson/ Conn, Duncan, Hulme S., Short, Matthews K., James, Matthews J., Allen J., Lee, Woodings. Subs: Tolley, Wass, Brooks.

Against Keyworth, The Rollers had to grind out the three points, despite dominating possession.

The home team even took a 30th minute lead when Matt Chilvers headed home from eight yards.

And they made Rolls wait until the 78th minute for their equaliser as another sub, Danny Bainbridge, headed home after good work by under-rated substitute Jamie Thomas.

There was still time for the winner, though, as the locals finally made their supremacy pay five minutes from the end. Defender Adam Tolley swung a deep cross to the far post where James netted with a fine header.

ROLLS LINE-UP: Pearson/ Conn, Short, Hulme S., Tolley, Smith R., James, Matthews J., Brooks, Allen J., Matthews K. Subs: Bainbridge, Thomas.

Rolls’s squad was stretched to the limit for the trip to Wollaton on Tuesday night. Even manager Jez Corthorn dusted down his boots for an appearance on the subs’ bench.

They traded blows with a hard-working home side until the 70th minute when Anthony Fragola struck what proved to be the only goal of the 90 minutes.

Rolls responded well and almost equalised when an effort by sturdy full-back Greg ‘Cakey’ Conn came out off the inside of a post.

The results left Corthorn’s troops in fourth place in the table, two points off their target of second place but with only five games to play.

ROLLS LINE-UP: Pearson/ Conn, Hulme S., Duncan, Tolley, Short, James, Matthews J., Brooks, Bainbridge, Woodigns. Subs: Thomas, Smith R., Corthorn.