A PRESTIGIOUS friendly against Hucknall Town could be the start of something big for Hucknall Rolls Leisure, officials and players hope.
Rolls have lined up the match on Saturday (July 30) at Town’s Watnall Road ground. And they will be keen to rubberstamp their credentials for a tilt at the Notts Senior League (NSL), Senior Division championship in 2010/11.
Chairman Tony Dorsey believes Rolls are capable of landing the title in the next two seasons. And few who saw them test the current champions, Boots Athletic, to the limit in last term’s league cup final will disagree.
Rolls were cup runners-up for the second campaign running, only to be frustrated by a sub-standard season in the league, which saw them finish eighth, two places lower than the previous year.
However three of the teams who finished above them have now quit the NSL to join the Central Midlands League.
Manager Jez Corthorn has indicated that Rolls themselves are contemplating joining the CML in the near future. But they would want to bow out of the NSL on a high note.
At the club’s end-of-season presentation, held at the Rolls-Royce Leisure Club, captain Jonathan ‘Toddy’ Wass bowed out from first-team duties by being voted players’ player of the year.
Wass has been appointed one of three joint managers for Rolls Reserves after the resignation of Ash Hobbs.
His sidekicks will be Dave ‘Bert’ Wright, who joined the club last season from local rivals, Linby Colliery Welfare, and well-known Hucknall sporting icon, Graeme Wright, who has strong connections with Rolls, both through football and cricket.
A farewell gift was presented to Hobbs, who then handed out his side’s player of the year awards to Ross Lamb and top goalscorer Joe Ashurst.
The winner of the first team’s managers’ player of the year accolade was striker Harry Allen.
Corthorn was at pains to thank all those volunteers who help out the club off the field, and he presented gifts of appreciation to three of them, Graham Deane, physiotherapist Brian Keetley and Roy Lee.