Second half comeback helps Pinxton to overcome Hucknall Rolls Leisure

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A second half comeback helped Pinxton to beat Hucknall Rolls Leisure 3-1 on Saturday.

The afternoon started with a mixed team photograph, replicated at grounds up and down the country, to commemorate the 1914 Christmas Truce.

Pinxton made two changes from their victory last weekend, Jimmy Adcock and Pete Stubley coming in for the suspended Tom Ellis and Danny O’Donnell, but were without top scorer Jake Vernon, Josh Parker and Antony Rowley.

Rolls started the brightest and had a great chance in the 16th minute but Briggs managed to keep the ball out.

From the resulting corner, Josh Madin pushed a Hucknall player in the back and the referee awarded a penalty.

Up stepped Hucknall’s striker to hit a fiersome penalty that again Briggs miraculously saved.

Five minutes later a great move down Hucknall’s right produced a perfect cross for the striker to make amends, this time giving Briggs no chance from close range

From the re-start Shelton and Bettison combined to put Stubley through on the keeper, who blocked his shot.

With less than 10 minutes of the half remaining, Pinxton changed to a 4-4-2 formation to try and combat Hucknall’s dominance of the game.

Shelton partnered Stubley up front and was almost immediately put through by Bamford, again Hucknall’s keeper saving well.

Shelton hould have scored when a Hollingworth cross found him un-marked, his header flashed wide.

The Pinxton players were sent back out onto the pitch under no illusions of what they needed to do to win the game in the second half.

Within a minute, Pete Stubley had been fouled in the box, Kurtis Bamford took responsibility for the penalty but his weak shot was saved.

Fortunately Joel Smith was on hand to net the rebound.

A minute later and Bamford got to atone for his miss, he picked the ball up wide right and played a one-two with Shelton and struck his shot into the far corner.

Hucknall forced two more good saves from Briggs in the Pinxton goal and at the other end the equally impressive Rolls keeper saved from substitute Robson’s free-kick and a pile driver from Nathan Hollingworth.

The game was won when an excellent Bamford through ball found Bettison to smash home.