Record scorer returns to launch top-five mission by Hucknall Rolls

START NOT FINISHED YET -- Andy Start celebrated a recall to Rolls's first team with two goals.
START NOT FINISHED YET -- Andy Start celebrated a recall to Rolls's first team with two goals.

Ambitious HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE have been set a target of maximum points from their final games to end their debut season in the top five of the Central Midlands League’s South Division.

And judging by the first of those five matches, Rolls won’t be far away from meeting the wish-list of managers Jez Corthorn and Jonathan ’Toddy’ Wass. For they hammered mid-table Mickleover Royal British Legion 4-0.

Adding merit to the win was the fact that Corthorn and Wass had to call up some fresh faces from the reserves because of injuries and work commitments. Jake Wright distinguished himself in the middle of the park and when evergreen striker Andy Start, the club’s record scorer, returned to the fold as a second-half substitute, he carried on as if he’d never been away, bagging a couple of goals and almost completing a 30-minute hat-trick when shooting agonisingly wide after beating the offside trap.

Rolls dominated from the off and opened the scoring in the 25th minute when Kane Matthews whipped in an inviting, low cross from the left that a backtracking Mickleover defender could only smash into his own net.

The visitors posed little threat and were beaten when the ever-dangerous Rory Smith doubled the lead ten minutes into the second half, showing his class with a calm, lobbed finish from a Chay Bettridge through-ball.

The rest of the match belonged to Start, who volleyed home a Bettridge corner to the back stick and then rounded the ‘keeper to poke home from ten yards.

ROLLS LINE-UP (4-4-2) -- Walker/ Harrison, Duncan, Marshall, Thomas/ Smith R., Wright, Bettridge, Matthews K./ Smith J., Allen J. (man-of-match) SUBS: Conn, Start A.