Charlie’s strike checks leaders Cavs

A SUPERB goal seven minutes from the end earned battling HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE an eyecatching 2-2 draw against the Notts Senior League, Senior Division leaders FC Cavaliers.

Rolls looked to be heading for an undeserved defeat when snatching a point from a most unlikely source as rugged midfielder Charlie Niblett let rip with a 35-yard scorcher that flew into the bottom left-hand corner.

The point was thoroughly warranted by the locals, who were on top in the first half before Cavaliers shaded the second.

And it repeated the feat the previous week of local-derby rivals, Linby Colliery Welfare, who also shared the spoils with the visitors.

Unbeaten Cavaliers have still won nine of their 13 games so far this term and actually extended their lead at the top to six points.

But Rolls can feel well satisfied about their ability to mix it with the best the division has to offer and continue to show healthy signs of improvement. Indeed it’s worth noting that they have lost only twice this term themselves.

With skipper Kyle McDermott and key midfielder Alistair Murray injured and Daniel Poole away, manager Jez Corthorn had to make three changes to his side.

But they settled well and snatched the lead in the 37th minute when Ian Paterson flicked on a John Greeley throw for Andy Start to stab home at the far post.

Cavaliers stunned the home side with two goals in the first five minutes of the second half. First Tom Simpson unleashed a spectacular thunderbolt from all of 30 yards and then Mick Grinion turned sharply to finish a bout of pinball in the box.

ROLLS LINE-UP (4-4-2) — Rollson/ Paterson D., Buckley, Short, Tolley/ Wallis, Paterson I., Niblett, Osborne/ Greeley, Start A. Subs: Conn, Brooks, Rick.