Cup exit for Leisure ressies

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HUCKNALL Rolls Leisure Reserves couldn’t quite make it ten wins on the bounce as despite a determined and spirited performance they fell 2-1 to Wollaton Village Reserves in the NSL Junior Cup.

Both teams opened with strong intent, Rolls going close in their opening forage as Danny Gamble floated over a tempting cross but Reece Jackson’s diving header went just over the crossbar.

Within minutes, Aaron Potter’s cross, this time from the left wing, was headed over by Gaz Hayes.

With Rolls trying to play a passing game, Wollaton opted for the route one version, and centre-backs Danny Tring and Joe Hunt coped well until a ricochet landed at the feet of centre forward Ben Cheetham who cleverly chipped the ball over Neil Waters giving Wollaton an undeserved lead.

Waters then had to make a fine double save moments later when Rolls’ offside trap failed.

Wollaton continued with the long ball in the second-half with little success as Rolls maintained their passing game.

Jonathan Wass had a shot blocked on the goal line by his own player, which summed up Rolls’ luck in front of goal, until from a Potter corner in the 70th minute, Hayes managed to find the net despite frantic attempts to save his effort.

But with extra-time looking odds on, Wollaton’s long punt over the midfield left Rolls short on defenders and sub Tom Cooper got the vital winning goal.