Rolls fire blanks but keep rare clean sheet

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IMPROVING Hucknall Rolls Leisure were philosophical after being held to a goalless draw by Kimberley Miners Welfare in the Notts Senior League’s Senior Division on Wednesday night.

On paper, they should have beaten a Kimberley side below them in the table and with only two wins to their name so far this season from 12 games.

But although disappointed that they failed to display a cutting edge, they were satisfied to add to their current unbeaten run and really happy to keep a rare clean sheet.

Rolls’s lack of sharpness in front of goal could be partly attributed to the absence of strikers Kyle McDermott (injured) and Andy Start (on holiday again). Midfielder Ian Paterson was also missing because of injury.

The Rollers still shaded the first half and created some decent chances, most notably from crosses by Duncan Osbourne, which Ant Wallis and then Charlie Niblett just failed to connect with.

Kimberley looked sharp on the break, with former Hucknall Town frontman Jake Fisher always a threat. But the home side’s back four were again excellent, particularly the new centre-back comination of Johnny Buckley and Aaron Short.

Kimberley did most of the pushing in the second period and hit the bar with a free header at the far post ten minutes from time. Fisher also missed a couple of presentable chances.

Rolls’s only serious opening came in the 85th minute when John Greeley released Wallis, who was foiled at his feet by the onrushing ‘keeper.

ROLLS LINE-UP (4-4-2) — Rollson/ Conn, Buckley, Short, Tolley/ Wallis, Brooks, Niblett, Osbourne/ Poole, Greeley. Subs: Murray (for Brooks 68), Solomon (for Conn), Paterson D.