Rolls lose out in nine-goal thriller

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HUCKNALL Rolls Leisure Reserves took part in a game of plenty of goals but poor quality as they lost 5-4 at Radcliffe Olympic in the Notts Senior League (NSL) Intermediate Cup, Second Round.

Four times Rolls went behind and each time a catalogue of midfield and defensive mistakes were to blame, rather than any quality play from the home team.

And yet four times they managed to claw their way level, firstly Gaz Hayes popping up in the six yard area to tap the ball home.

At the break Rolls were 2 - 1 down, but nobody could have dreamt what was to come in the second-half.

Jonathan Wass equalised amidst a scramble in the area, but within seconds of the restart Radcliffe walked through a flat-footed defence to retake the lead.

Alex Morton then missed a golden opportunity when, standing on the goal line, he managed somehow to fire his header over the bar.

Radcliffe then waltzed through a static defence to grab the lead again.

Wass got Rolls back on level terms, but Radcliffe were again aided by an absent defence to score once more.

Yet another scramble gave Wass his treble and Rolls yet another equaliser, but a late winner following a blunder sealed Radcliffe’s victory.

n LINBY Colliery Welfare Reserves fell 3-2 at FC05 in Division Two of the NSL.

Mike Knight put FC in front early on but Linby fought back to lead 2-1 as first Ross Cheeseman equalised after good work from Ant Wallis, who was making his second ‘debut’ for the club after returning from Hucknall Rolls.

Then Wallis was involved in Cheeseman’s second goal on the hour to put Linby in front, but two late strikes from Wes O’Rourke turned the game around and sealed victory for FC05.