A GLOOMY season threatens to get even gloomier for HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE after a surprise 1-0 defeat against lowly Magdala Amateurs in their latest Notts Senior League, Senior Division match.
A poor, lethargic performance got what it deserved. And although it was only Rolls’s sixth league defeat of the campaign, they now face a fight to avoid finishing in the bottom four of the table.
They still have eight games to negotiate but they have nothing to play for after exiting the league cup the previous week, and at the end of Tuesday’s setback, assistant manager Paul Jordan freely admitted the side are “already looking as if they can’t wait for the season to end”.
Jordan added ruefully: “It might be a long, hard slog until it does.”
Rolls and Magdala were originally due to meet previously but the West Bridgford team’s ground was unavailable. So the game was switched to Rolls under floodlights midweek.
The visitors were lively and committed, belying their status in the table. But in all honesty, a draw would have been a fair result.
For most of the 90 minutes, the game had 0-0 written all over it, with neither goalkeeper being tested seriously.
It took a wonder goal to break the deadlock as Magdala midfielder Stuart Marshall let rip from 25 yards ten minutes before the end.
Few Rolls players emerged with credit, although their one shining light at the moment is classy young defender Aaron Short, who was faultless.
ROLLS LINE-UP (4-4-2) — Rollson/ Conn, Short, Paterson D., Tolley/ Brooks, Wass, Niblett, Osbourne/ McDermott, Start A. Subs: Solomon (for Niblett 68), Hulmes S. (for Osbourne 75), Yates.