Durwlat Ali emerged as the facesaving hero after a mixed day of fortunes for the three reserves teams in the Dispatch district.
Both HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE RESERVES and LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE RESERVES sank to defeats in the Notts Senior League’s First Division. But two goals from Ali helped HUCKNALL TOWN RESERVES win 3-2 away to Holbrook St Michael’s Reserves in the Central Midlands League’s Reserves Premier Division. Gavin Mellors was also on target.
Rolls slipped to a 2-1 reverse away to Kirkby-based Ashland Rovers, despite controlling large chunks of the game, especially in the first period.
Indeed Ashland struggled to get out of their own half. But Rolls were not decisive enough in the final third and paid the price when a route-one clearance left them vulnerable at the back and led to Jonathan Rowbottom putting the home side in front.
Lee Cooper equalised when getting on the end of a cross by Andy Start. But in the last 25 minutes, Rolls were on the back foot and despite some fantastic defending by man-of-the-match Ross Lamb, they conceded a winner to Stuart Grozier.
Linby were 4-1 losers to a Ruddington Village Reserves side they had licked by the same scoreline in the league’s Junior Cup the previous week. Fielding a changed line-up, they were never at the races and were three down by the interval before Daz Dickens netted a consolation goal.