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Rolls Royce - the company
The records I have for the club only go back to 1983 and between then and now are incomplete. In 1983 they were known as Rolls Royce (Derby) and joined the Central Midlands League (CML), transferring from the East Midlands Regional League. They won the Premier 1 division title in their debut season in the CML and were promoted to the Premier Division. In 1988 a change of name to Derby Rolls Royce occurred and they remained in the CML until 1997 when they joined the Midlands Regional Alliance (MRA). I don't have any tables for the MRA until 2005 so have no idea how they fared, but during the early part of the opening decade of the 21st century another name occurred, this time to their present title of Derby Rolls Royce Leisure. In 2005/06 and 2006/07 they finished in the runners-up position, firstly five points adrift of champions Ashover and secondly seven points behind Rowsley '86. Last season they finished in 9th place in the sixteen team division. This season both teams have played two games so far. DRRL have won one (2-0 v Holbrook St. Michaels) and lost one (2-1 @ Swanwick Pentrich Road), while Allenton recorded a 4-0 at home to Cromford last Saturday and a drew 0-0 in midweek at home to newly promoted Derby Royals).
Following a cagey opening ten minutes from both sides Allenton turned up a gear or two and hit the hosts hard in a devastating spell. Four goals were scored in the space of just seventeen minutes, but in reality they could and should have scored at least a couple more before the end of the half. The opener came on eleven minutes when a long ball was knocked down and their #9 side footed the ball first time past the Rolls keeper. The Rolls heads went down and just two minutes later the #7 was allowed too much time on the ball. He hit a speculative shot that went into the bottom right hand corner past the keeper. The third of the afternoon came on twenty five minutes when the #7 got his second of the game. He was played onside and slotted the ball past the advancing keeper. Three minutes later and it became 0-4 and game over. Following good work on the byline by the #10, he then laid the ball back for the #8 who had the simplest of finishes from a few yards out. Rolls best spell of the half came in the last ten minutes and were duly rewarded with a goal. Their #7 held off the challenge of a defender and finished well from a narrow angle.
The second half was just five minutes old when Allenton scored their fifth (and best) of the afternoon. The #15 found himself unmarked on the right hand corner of the penalty area and, taking a touch to control the ball curled it into the top corner - simply class. With the game won Allenton appeared to take their foot off the gas and were content to let Rolls have the majority of possession for the rest of the game. They added a sixth just after the hour mark when a cross was headed home from a couple of yards out from the #2. Rolls got another consolation goal back on 67 minutes to make it 2-6 when a free kick was fumbled by the Allenton keeper which was bundled home from a yard or two out. The final goal of the afternoon came in in the 89th minute. The number #7 completed his hat-trick when he hit a lot shot past the Rolls keeper from the edge of the penalty area. The keeper straight away admitted he was at fault and apologised to his team mates.
Overall an enjoyable game and at times Allenton were superb going forward. How they will fare if teams get at them more and put more pressure on them is another matter. One thing is for sure is that they will be there or thereabouts in pursuit of a third consecutive MRA title.