Draw specialists’ derby challenge

DRAW specialists HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE are hoping their fortunes change in time for their latest local derby against arch rivals, Linby Colliery Welfare, on Saturday (December 3).

A 2-2 scoreline against Attenborough represented Rolls’s EIGHTH draw in 14 Notts Senior League, Senior Division matches this term. And an indication of how costly such a record is comes with the statistic that they now have half the number of points of leaders FC Cavaliers.

However, on the plus side, they have lost only twice — and not at all since September 17 when beaten 2-1 by tomorrow’s opponents, Linby.

Revenge will be in the air at Church Lane tomorrow then — although it must be said that Rolls will have to improve on their efforts against Attenborough when they were second best for most of the game, despite creating the best chances.

In a goalless first half, only a superb save by Mark Rollson prevented the visitors taking a first-minute lead before Dan Poole paid for a lack of composure when squandering a couple of openings at the other end.

Attenborough, who sit just above the locals in the table, finally took a deserved lead in the 57th minute when a ball over the top caught out full-back Duncan Osbourne and fell for speedy winger Stuart Richards to smash home.

Three minutes later, it was 2-0 when Billy Brooks gave away a needless free-kick 25 yards out and Rollson made a rare mistake by allowing Dean Webster’s shot to creep in at the base of a post.

To their credit, Rolls fought back with two goals in the final 19 minutes. First Anthony Wallis escaped down the left and pulled back for substitute Kyle McDermott to ram home from eight yards. And then, three minutes from the end, man-of-the-match Wallis cut in on the angle to fire home an unstoppable shot from 25 yards.

ROLLS LINE-UP (4-4-2) — Rollson/ Thomas, Short, Tolley, Osbourne/ Solomon, Niblett, Brooks, Poole/ Lee, Wallis. Subs: McDermott (for Lee 70), Start A., Wright.