Ex-soldier Evans salvages Hucknall Town a draw to cap quickfire recovery

EVANS STEVENS -- striker Aaron Evans (left) leapt off the bench to earn a draw for Hucknall Town at Real United.
EVANS STEVENS -- striker Aaron Evans (left) leapt off the bench to earn a draw for Hucknall Town at Real United.

The remarkable rehabilitation of striker Aaron Evans continued when he rescued a point from a poor performance by HUCKNALL TOWN against Real United in the Central Midlands League’s South Division.

Only a month ago, ex-soldier Evans was feared so badly injured that a match had to be abandoned as he was rushed to hospitsl to treat the same leg he had blown up after atepping on a land mine in Afghanistan.

But he quickly bounced back -- and last Saturday, he leapt off the substitutes’ bench to salvage a 2-2 draw for the below-par Yellows with an 82nd minute equaliser, pouncing after Montell Gatland had seen a shot blocked.

The goal should have been the winner because, moments earlier, new signing Stef Whiteley blazed over the bar with the goal at his mercy. However, even manager Andy Graves admitted his side would hardly have deserved all three points.

“Yes, we had players out, but that cannot be used as an excuse,” said Graves. “We were too casual and the workrate was below the players’ own standards.”

Cameron Davidson was the latest to be sidelined, joining Ako Abdullah, Ben Waplington, Cayne Maxwell and Junior Harding in the absentee list. But a positive was the man-of-the-match display of new signing Tom Crisp at left-back.

Town also took a first-half lead when Whiteley made the most of a flap by the ‘keeper. But they paid the price for more wayward finishing as Real replied with thunderbolts from outside the box.

TOWN LINE-UP (4-5-1) -- Beddingham/ Rigg, Leak, Atkinson, Crisp/ Abbis, Robinson N., Brown A., Aikman, Pitt/ Whiteley. SUBS USED: Gatland, Evans, Nelson.