Rampant Rolls unlock 10-man Keyworth in rout

Eastwood Community V Hucknall Rolls Leisure.'Hucknall's Harry Allen puts in a strong challenge on Tim Adcock.
Eastwood Community V Hucknall Rolls Leisure.'Hucknall's Harry Allen puts in a strong challenge on Tim Adcock.

Hucknall Rolls Leisure continued with their recent good run of results with a comfortable home win against old NSL rivals Keyworth.

Harry Allen returned to the starting 11 after suspension, replacing Robbie Manners and again Rolls called up 16-year-old Tom Eastwood to the squad from their reserves.

Keyworth started very brightly in the opening 10 minutes and dominated the early possession but without really troubling Rolls keeper Jack Walker.

After a scrappy start by Rolls they began to get on top of the visitors and began to create good scoring opportunities, but couldn’t find the all important breakthrough goal.

Rolls’ cause wasn’t helped when losing striker Jack Smith through injury.

Jack Patterson replaced Smith, playing in centre midfield with Harry Allen being pushed up front to partner brother Jack.

Rolls got the all important opening goal on 26 minutes.

Danny Hayes finished off a loose ball from a set play from close range.

Hayes nearly added his second two minutes later but his firm header from a set piece was just over the bar.

Rolls doubled their lead on 35 minutes.

Harry Allen got clear of the visiting defence but was fouled by the keeper when attempting to go round him.

To everyone’s surprise the keeper only received a yellow card.

Rolls had missed five out of their previous seven penalties, but Chay Betteridge again took responsibility and made no mistake.

In the final minutes of the half both sides could have scored.

First Harry Allen was denied by a fine blocking save from eight yards by the Keyworth keeper.

And with the final kick of the half Rolls keeper Jack Walker kept Rolls their two goal cushion with a stunning save keeping out what looked to be a certain goal from a sweet strike by the Keyworth striker.

In the opening minutes of the second half again Walker was called into action keeping out another powerful shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Any chance Keyworth had to get back into the game was lost on 50 minutes when losing their centre midfield player to his second yellow card.

Rolls now took total control of the half, scoring another four goals.

Betteridge added his second, mHarry Allen and Kyle McDermott both finished from close range after flowing moves.

But Rolls saved the pick of the goals until the last with Jack Patterson firing home a thunderous volley from 20 yards.

Overall a comfortable win and another welcome clean sheet.

Early substitute young Jack Patterson shaded the Man of the Match award playing centre of the park with a mature performance.