No-nonsense Wass makes sure Rolls get the cup job done

Top-of-the-table HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE made sure they didn’t waste a kind draw in the Second Round of the Notts Senior League’s Senior Cup.

Rolls were pitted against perennial strugglers Sandhurst, who sit next to bottom of the Senior Division table.

And despite a depleted squad, they coasted to a 6-0 victory to ease into the quarter-finals of a tournament they are one of the favourites to win.

With manager Jez Corthorn absent because of work commitments, Jonathan ‘Toddy’ Wass took the reins and also had to name himself as one of only two substitutes.

After a dominant opening ten minutes, Wass soon had to make his feelings known from the dugout as Rolls threatened to allow Sandhurst into the tie.

But no doubt fearful of a half-time ‘hairdryer’, the locals clicked into gear and took the lead when Greg Conn burst past his full-back and knocked a fine ball into the box which was inadvertently turned into his own goal by a visiting defender.

Moments later, more good work down the right flank by Conn saw Rory Smith race on to his cross and plant a tremendous diving header.

With the safety net of a two-goal cushion, Rolls releaxed in the second half and played some much better football that yielded several good chances.

Midfielder Dean Robinson got on the scoresheet when he put away a bouncing ball in the box after a corner.

And then Andy Start broke away to lob the ‘keeper for number four -- while Rolls’s own backline were arguing with the officials after a defensive mix-up!

Start was soon rested to allow Wass a ten-minute cameo. But not before two more goals, both netted by Kane Matthews, including a sweetly-taken dink over the advancing ‘keeper.

As usual, Sandhurst did keep fighting to the end and should have bagged a consolation goal when missing an open goal from three yards.

ROLLS LINE-UP (4-4-2) -- Pearson J./ Paterson I., Short, Duncan, Marshall/ Conn, Robinson, Matthews J., Smith R./ Start A., Matthews K. Subs: Haskey, Wass.

Rolls now have a week’s break before getting ready for their big top-of-the-table clash in the Senior Division against Kimberley Miners Welfare on Saturday 7th December.