A FIRST defeat of the new season was followed by a first win for relieved HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE in the Notts Senior League’s Senior Division.
The setback, a 3-1 reverse away to newly-promoted Ruddington Village on Saturday August 27, meant Rolls had taken only two points from their opening three matches.
But they broke their win-duck on Tuesday night (August 30) when beating a poor Vernon Villa outfit 3-2, even though defender Richard Harrison was sent off in the opening half for the second time in ten days!
This time, Harrison was dismissed in the 18th minute for instinctive handball on the line. Bottom-of-the-table Vernon duly converted the resultant penalty, leaving The Rollers with a mountain to climb.
However they responded by creating numerous chances and equalised five minutes from the break with a direct free-kick from Kyle McDermott, who also made it 2-1 20 seconds after the interval, speeding past his full-back to finish well.
Two minutes later, poor marking from a free-kick allowed Vernon to level. But ten-man Rolls grabbed a deserved winner ten minutes from the end when Ash Marshall rose high to nod home a corner from Aaron Short.
ROLLS LINE-UP (5-3-2) — Rollson/ Paterson D., Needham J., Harrison R., Tolley, Marshall/ Niblett, Brookes, Murray/ McDermott, Wallis. Subs: Short (for Needham 45), Greeley (for McDermott 75), Solomon (for Wallis 75), Osbourne.
DEFENSIVE lapses cost Rolls dear at Ruddington, who scored all three of their goals in the last 15 minutes of the first half, courtesy of David Rimmer, Paul Harrison and Chris Kearney.
The lapses spoiled a bright start, in which Charlie Niblett saw a blockbuster headed off the line, and although they re-grouped and improved in the second half, they lacked the ideas to save the game. Marshall headed in a 75th minute consolation goal.
ROLLS LINE-UP (4-4-2) — Waters/ Needham J. Harrison R., Tolley, Short/ Wallis, Niblett, Paterson I., Osbourne/ Rick, Marshall. Subs: McDermoot (for Wallis 55), Brookes (for Paterson 55), Hulme S. (for Needham 75), Conn.