Hucknall Warriors U14 started life in Young Elizabethan Saturday Division Two with a 3-3 draw against Edwalton Cavaliers White.
A frenetic opening period saw the home side have the better chances during the opening 20 minutes.
But as the half progressed Warriors began to get a foot hold in the game, with Jack Bradley, Leeroy Masamba and Curtis Rigley all coming close to putting Warriors in front.
However a lapse in concentration in defence saw Edwalton take the lead.
Warriors continued to press but were unable to draw level before the break despite an excellent cross from Joe Gillan which saw Bradley head just wide. Warriors got themselves back into the game with the first move of the second half, when Bradley levelled the score with a superb strike from the edge of the box that flew across the goal and into the net.
Edwalton almost struck straight back as Rowan Smith’s tackle rescued the situation for Hucknall.
Five minutes into the half and Warriors were in front with another fantastic finish by Bradley.
The home team continued to fight though and were level again just minutes later from a corner.
Bradley Kernaghan prevented another goal for Edwalton with a clearance off the line as Warriors were caught out defensively from a corner.
Warriors man of the match Bradley then secured his hat-trick with a sublime finish that saw him control the ball on the edge of the area before making room for the shot.
However with just three minutes to go the home side were level again as the pressure they had been applying to the Warriors defence paid off and despite some dogged defending from the visitors they were able to stab the ball over the line.