With waterlogged pitches sinking most first-team football last Saturday, a reserve-team local derby was the support-act to the Hucknall Town v Linby Colliery Welfare clash.
Just a couple of hundred yards further up Watnall Road, HUCKNALL ROLLS OLEISURE RESERVES entertained LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE RESERVES, in the Notts Senior League’s First Division. And for the second time this season, Rolls beat their arch rivals 3-1 to complete a derby day to forget for Linby.
Because their own first eleven were not in action, Rolls were able to call on Billy Brooks, Jack James and Harry Allen to bolster their side, while Linby were without their top scorer, Luke Price, who was ill, plus three centre-backs.
On a boggy pitch, all four goals came in a pulsating, fiercely contested first half, with twin strikers Matt Rick and Andy Start holding the key for the hosts.
Rick calmly sidefooted the first two goals -- the opener after good work by his man-of-the-match captain Jake Wright. And although defender Simon Martin curled in a lovely 20-yard free-kick for Linby, Rolls responded five minutes later when Start drilled home.
The second period was quieter, but James Canning twice went close to increasing the Hucknall side’s lead when a delicious chip cannoned off the bar and another effort was cleared off the line by Sean Austin.
LINE-UP -- ROLLS RESERVES: Pearson/ Hayes G., Tring D., Brooks, Thomas, Canning, Wright, James, Cooper, Rick Start A.
LINBY RESERVES : Guyatt/ Bernard J., Murray, Austin, Dickens, Martin, Wallis, Niblett C., Potter, Savage, Cheeseman. SUBS: Marlow S. (for Martin 60), Mann (for Savage 70).