Southbank show proves Rolls are finding their form

JUST CHAMP'IAN -- midfielder Ian Paterson (left), who scored one of Rolls's goals -- DISPIC NHUD10-1254-7
JUST CHAMP'IAN -- midfielder Ian Paterson (left), who scored one of Rolls's goals -- DISPIC NHUD10-1254-7
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IMPROVING Hucknall Rolls Leisure are at last beginning to find form and momentum — on the evidence of their terrific 3-1 victory over Gedling Southbank in the Notts Senior League’s Senior Division.

Rolls’s first-half showing was as good as anything they have produced so far in a season that has been fraught with disappointments.

They were ahead from the 15th minute when Ian Paterson released winger Dan Poole, who burst into the box before unselfishly squaring for Andy Start to apply a simple finish.

Southbank hit back to level with a rare break on the half-hour when they chose to play on, even though home full-back Charlie Niblett was down injured, and a fine move was finished well by Coy Reiss.

But there was no doubting the superiority of the Hucknall side, who restored their lead on 34 when a long throw by man-of-the-match John Greeley caused confusion in the box and Start teed up Paterson, who slammed home with his left foot.

The second half was a different story, with Southbank doing most of the pushing and Rolls ‘keeper Mark Rollson making three vital saves, including a brave one at the feet of a striker.

But with centre-backs Johnny Buckley and Aaron Short superb, the home side wrapped up the points six minutes from time.

Niblett’s free-kick from wide on the left, intended as a cross for Greeley, curled all the way into the far top corner.

ROLLS LINE-UP (4-4-2) — Rollson/ Niblett C., Buckley, Short, Osborne/ Poole, Greeley, Paterson I., Wallis/ Start A., McDermott. Subs: Brooks (for Paterson 65), Conn (for McDermott 75), Paterson D. (for Poole 85).