BEFORE their seven-goal mauling at the hands of champions-elect BULWELL on Tuesday night (SEE RIGHT), HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE turned in an altogether more satisfying performance at home to Wollaton.
Rolls were missing a host of players, because of reasons ranging from injury to a stag weekend, against a side sitting just above them in the Notts Senior League, Senior Division table.
But their makeshift side produced an admirable effort to battle their way to a fine 2-2 draw, which could easily have been a win.
Striker Matt Rick missed two terrific chances in the opening 15 minutes when he raced clear but lobbed wide on both occasions.
However Rolls weren’t long in taking a deserved lead as midfielder Adam Solomon fed wideman Dan Poole, who beat his man, cut inside and fired home from 18 yards.
The home side’s rhythm was interrupted only by a Wollaton equaliser on the stroke of half-time when a slip by left-back Adam Tolley triggered a break and Mark Middleton finished well as a cross was delivered to the near post.
The goal changed the match because the visitors went on to take the lead three minutes after the interval — Jamie Carlton heading home a cross from the right to the back stick — and dominate the second period.
Rolls were kept in the game only by three or four top-drawer saves from young goalkeeper Jake Pearson, whom they have snapped up from Hucknall Town’s reserve-team, AFC Hucknall.
Wollaton also hit a post and missed other chances and were made to pay ten minutes from time when the Hucknall side salvaged a point on the break. John Greeley found Rick, who drilled home at the far post.
The man-of-the-match award had to go to Pearson but substitute Jake Wright also caught the eye with a cameo display up front in the last half-hour.
n ROLLS LINE-UP (4-4-2) — Pearson J./ Niblett C., Hulme S., Marshall, Tolley/ Wallis, Solomon, Brooks, Poole/ Greeley, Poole D. Subs: Wright J. (for Poole 60), Bailey, Yates.
n ROLLS RESERVES did well to prise a goalless draw out of title-chasers Clifton Reserves in the Notts Senior League’s First Division.