Lowest point of Rolls’ season

A HAT-TRICK by Andy Start could not spare the Rolls blushes
A HAT-TRICK by Andy Start could not spare the Rolls blushes

A THREADBARE season for HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE reached its nadir when they failed to beat the Notts Senior League, Senior Division’s fall-guys Vernon Villa.

Vernon had lost 25 of their 26 matches and had leaked a mammoth total of 136 goals.

But Rolls could muster just a 3-3 draw — and only got that thanks to a last-minute equaliser from striker Andy Start, who turned home a miscued shot to complete a hat-trick.

Start had also opened the scoring in the 35th minute with a tap-in. And after Paul Harrison had equalised with a free header only 30 seconds later, the locals’ leading marksman restored the lead a minute before the break when he was tripped for a penalty that he himself converted.

Vernon deserve credit for battling through a torrid season. But they looked as poor an outfit as their record suggests, and the message from the Rolls camp at half-time was that winning by only 2-1 was not good enough.

Little did they realise what was to follow because after a couple of well-taken goals in the first 15 minutes of the second period, through Harrison and Jamie Burnett, the locals found themselves in danger of not winning at all!

ROLLS LINE-UP (4-4-2) — Pearson J./ Conn, Short, Paterson D., Tolley/ Brooks, Niblett, Solomon, Wallis/ Poole, Start A. Subs: McDermott (for Solomon 65), Wright J. (for Niblett 80).

A BLACK day was completed when Rolls Reserves were beaten 4-3 after extra-time in their big Notts Senior League, Reserves Cup semi-final against divisional rivals, Arnold Town Reserves.

Rolls threw it away after leading 1-0 and 3-1 thanks to goals from Ash Marshall, Alex Morton (penalty) and Danny Gamble (long-range free-kick). Arnold netted twice in the last 13 minutes of normal time and then the winner with a dubious penalty in the extra half-hour.