Hucknall Rolls Leisure Reserves secure derby win over Linby Reserves

Football report
Football report

Hucknall Rolls Leisure Reserves picked up three points after beating Linby Reserves 2-1 in a competitive derby.

Rolls entered their first derby day of the season on the back of one loss in their previous 10 games, leading to a surge up the table and progressing to the quarter-finals of the NSL junior cup.

Linby were sitting third from bottom in the league but,as always in local derbies form went straight out the window.

Rolls were missing some experienced players in the form of Johnny Buckley, Ashley Marshall and Adam Tolley.

Despite a downpour of rain throughout Thursday and Friday the pitch was in reasonable condition and chances were hard to come by in the opening stages.

The game was very scrappy with neither team having much time on the ball.

After 20 minutes or so Linby started to take control of proceedings and managed to gain a breakthrough goal around the 30th minute mark when Anthony Wallis hit a sublime cross into the box, which was headed in by Linby skipper Ross Cheeseman.

Rolls knew they had to up it a gear and finished the half strongly with half chances from Matt Rick and Kallum O’Dowd not really testing Glen Guyatt in the Linby goal.

Despite a battling first half real clear cut chances were hard to come by and Rolls went into the break 1-0 down.

Rolls started the second half much more positively but again the game remained scrappy.

Linby had chances to improve their lead, but were denied by the impressive Matt Spencer in the Rolls goal.

Fifteen minutes into the second half Rolls seemed to pile the pressure of the Linby defence.

Some link up play on the left with O’Dowd and Jamie Thomas led to Billy brooks curling in a fantastic ball into the box, which was bet on the volley Sam Woodings-Finch who side footed across goal to level/

With Linby looking more tired, Rolls managed to pile on more pressure and, when the ball broke forward, Matt Rick managed to wiggle his way into the Linby box and manage to calmly place a right shot across goal and into the bottom corner.

In what was a topsy turvy gave that second Rolls goal seemed to push Linby to chase an equaliser.

They pressed forward for the remaining 15 minutes, but a combination of excellent defending and unbreakable spirit helped Rolls cross the finishing line with a valuable three points in the bag.