An injury-time equaliser denied HUCKNALL TOWN another victory on their comeback trail in the Central Midlands League’s South Division.
Town looked to be heading for a narrow 1-0 victory at home to Derbyshire outfit Swanwick Pentrich Road, who have been promoted from the Midlands Regional Alliance.
But instead, they had to be content with their second successive 1-1 home draw against one of the division’s early-season strugglers.
Two minutes of added time had been played when left-back Tom Crisp, defending his own corner-flag, tried to dribble the ball out of danger rather than clear his lines.
He was robbed and when the ball was played in to the box, it was met first time by striker Ashley Buxton to steal only the second point of the season so far for winless Swanwick.
The goal infuriated Town goalkeeper James Beddingham, whose only other saves of note had come from a deflected effort and a header from one of his own defenders.
At the other end, The Yellows did have time for one last chance when midfielder Mark Smith, back from injury, went on a mazy run that ended with a strike blocked and cleared.
But in truth, the home side paid the price for a lazy second-half display that deservedly forfeited their right to the three points.
It was such a pity because, for the first time this season, they had started the contest at a good tempo, creating chances before taking an early lead. A well-delivered corner by Sam Sims was met by tigerish youngster Jeremy Moran, whose powerful header flew into the top corner of the net.
The goal should have been the catalyst for Town to press home their advantage. But they spurned their next three golden opportunities to increase the lead as Johnny Hamilton, Tristan Spencer and Moran all failed to convert.
The Yellows suffered another blow early in the second half when Hamilton, whose pace had so frightened the Swanwick backline, had to go off after he was struck down by the sickness that had forced him to miss the previous game against Holbrook St Michael’s last midweek.
Smith did see a free-kick blocked and then, after a surging run from his own half, his left-foot shot was charged down by a defender.
Town continued to look comfortable. But a one-goal lead is always precarious and as the game went on, Swanwick appeared to grow in confidence.
At least the draw extended the locals’ unbeaten run to four matches. A run they will be hoping to extend on a couple of away trips in the coming days -- to bottom-of-the-table Calverton Miners Welfare on Saturday and then to South Normanton Athletic next Wednesday night.
TOWN hosted an FA Women’s Premier League (Northern Division) match between Nottingham Forest Ladies and Newcastle United at Watnall Road on Sunday.
The game finished 2-2, with Samantha Conroy and Amber Hughes scoring for Forest, who remain unbeaten after three matches.