The big top-of-the-table clash in Division One of the Notts Senior League resulted in title-chasing HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE RESERVES surrendering their six-match unbeaten record.
Second-placed Rolls travelled to leaders Newark Flowserve for their most important game of the season so far, but failed to repeat their win over the same side earlier in the season and fell to a 3-1 defeat that dropped them four points behind their hosts in the table.
The first 20 minutes were tightly contested before Newark opened the scoring with a Rick Glaves penalty, awarded for a foul by backtracking defender Gaz Hayes.
After a point-blank save by ‘keeper Jake Pearson, Rolls received a half-time rollocking from assistant manager Andy Tring. But they continued to lack magic in the final third and leaked a second goal when right-back Mark Ballard belted a brilliant volley from outside the box.
Player/manager Reece Jackson, who was his side’s best player, gave Rolls hope with a cute finish after impressive work by Doyle Hutchinson. But Newark sealed their points ten minutes later when Ballard popped up again after a lucky ricochet.
ROLLS RESERVES LINE-UP (3-5-2) -- Pearson/ Thomas, Buckley, Hayes G./ Lamb, Hutchinson D., Cooper, Whiles C., Richardson G./ Jackson, Start A.
A DRAMATIC fightback by LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE RESERVES turned a 3-0 deficit after only 26 minutes into a 3-3 draw at Southwell City Reserves in the Notts Senior League’s First Division.
Missing four centre-halves, Linby looked to be heading for a heavy defeat until two goals before half-time by Ross Cheeseman gave them a lifeline.
The equaliser came 12 minutes from the end when Az Potter hit a screamer into the top corner from fully 35 yards.
A DOUBLE by Toby Birch lifted HUCKNALL TOWN RESERVES into second place in the Central Midlands League’s Reserves Premier Division table.
Bitch’s goals earned ever-improving Town a fine 2-1 win away to Pinxton Reserves, whose reply came from Louis Roberts.
The Yellows now sit just a point behind leaders Mickleover Royal British Legion Reserves, whom they are set to play on Saturday 15th November.