AN INAUSPICIOUS day for HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE in the Notts Senior League’s Senior Division was rescued by a plucky performance, capped by a late pointsaving goal.
For the first time in their history, Rolls had to invoke a league rule that allows clubs to postpone a reserve-team fixture in order to fulfil a first-team match.
This was because they had no fewer than nine regular players missing through injury or holidays for the trip to fellow mid-tablers Wollaton.
But after salvaging a 1-1 draw with a makeshift side that included SIX reserves, managers Jez Corthorn and Paul Jordan were bursting with pride.
“The fact that we were disappointed to come away with only one point is testament to the quality of players we have,” said Jordan. “The ones on duty were a credit to the club.”
Dan Lee, Adam Solomon, Jonathan ‘Toddy’ Wass, Danny Yates, Jamie Thomas and Joe Hunt were the players drafted in — and it was Lee who netted the 85th minute equaliser to mark his recent return to Rolls. A ball over the top by Anthony Wallis skimmed off the head of a Wollaton defender and Lee nipped in, as quick as a flash, to slide the ball under the ‘keeper.
The goal capped a fine performance by Lee, whose intelligent movement between midfield and attack caused the home side all kinds of problems.
Ex-first-team skipper Wass also rolled back the years with a dominant disdplay in midfield, while Solomon finally came of age on the right side of midfield and Johnny Buckley just shaded central defensive partner Adam Tolley for the man-of-the-match award.
Rolls bossed the first half, with an unmarked Lee blazing over a golden chance, so it was a big blow when Wollaton snatched the lead early in the second as Rob Brown cut inside to smash home at the near post.
The Hucknall side responded by hammering at the home defence, creating several openings. And after a let-off at the other end when Marek Vipond missed a sitter, they got their reward.
n ROLLS LINE-UP (4-4-1-1) — Rollson/ Niblett, Buckley, Tolley, Osbourne/ Solomon, Wass, Murray, Poole/ Lee/ Wallis. Subs: Thomas, Hunt, Yates.