Saturday, 7 December 2013

Hucknall Rolls 0-A-0 Kimberley MW

Venue: Hucknall Rolls Leisure Association, Watnall Road, Hucknall.

Notts Senior League, Senior Division. Kick off 3pm

With Kev still unable to join me at a game, I decided to stay local,  thinking that 1st v 2nd in the division should be a decent game.  Not so - the players were not too friendly towards each other, or the match officials, and both benches were filled people who were both very angry and very loud.  Makes the pre-match respect handshake seem somewhat hypocritical really. 

Don't get me wrong, I like to see passion in the game, but pure ranting rage has no place in the game. I was secretly pleased when the lights failed at half-time - at least the participants could take chill pills and hopefully go home in better spirits - and it had started to rain.....

Had  a minutes silence before the game began. No idea why.

Welfare were the better team, but found Rolls' keeper Jake Pearson in good form and were unlucky on several occasions.  Josh Lewis had a drive from the edge of the box well saved by Pearson in the fourth minute, while on 10,  Shaw Hutchinson fired a 20+ yard free-kick just over the bar.

Jake Fisher had a glorious chance to put the visitors ahead with 28 played, but he directed his header from a right wing corner over the bar from just a few yards out.

On 33, poor Rolls defending allowed Fisher a one-on-one chance with Pearson, but once again the keeper was down early and was able to block  the striker's shot. 

Rolls' best chance fell to Andy Start on 36 - only a superb diving save from the Welfare keeper kept out the striker's 20 yard effort.  

Referee David Hague pulled a muscle as the half neared it's close, and asked his Assistant Richard Barnes to take over.  H-T 0-0

As the teams made the long trek to the changing rooms, the floodlights went out - the common thought was that Rolls were saving electricity during the break. Only when we saw the Rolls management team begin unscrewing the panels that are located at the bases of the pylons did we get the first inkling of maybe all wasn't well.  

The teams did come back out for the second half, but were quickly ushered back into the changing rooms as the news filtered through that the game would have to be abandoned. 

Admission: £0
Programme: not available
Head count : 55