Rolls’ poor display

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HUCKNALL Rolls Leisure were at the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline after a hard-fought Notts Senior League game against Ruddington Village.

Rolls had the worst possible start when Ruddington took the lead after just a minute when skipper Aaron Short tried to hook the ball over his shoulder instead of clearing his lines, resulting in him making a poor contact straight to the Ruddington forward who advanced on goal and scored with ease.

Rolls responded well and created a few good openings, notably a point-blank header from full-back Greg Conn that was clawed away by the keeper.

After a half-time pep talk Rolls were on top for the first 15 minutes of the second-half but failed to capitalise and were hit with a breakaway goal on the hour and heads dropped from then on.

There wasn’t all that much between the two sides but Rolls’ players were too quick to blame each other or the formation rather than look at their own displays.

One bright spot for Rolls was the introduction of young Rory Smith from the bench for his first team debut and he put some of his team mates to shame with his attitude, workrate and passing.

Man-of-the-match was Ash Marshall who just pipped Chay Bettridge to the award.

Rolls Line-up — (4-3-3) Waters / Conn, Hulme, Short, Marshall / Brooks, Wallis, Solloman / Rick, Start, Bettridge

Subs: Duncan (for Brooks 55) Smith (for Start 70) Jordan