Hucknall Rolls travelled to unbeaten in-form Swanwick Pentrich Road and came away with a hard earned point in the Central Midlands League South Division on Saturday.
Rolls were without Danny Hayes, Matt Peberday and Jack James. So Jack Patterson, James Duncan and Harry Allen were recalled to the starting XI.
Swanwick started the game much the stronger and took a early lead after only two minutes Buckerfield escaped his marker from a set play and volleyed home at the near post from six yards.
On a very small pitch Rolls couldn’t get out of their own half with the home side looking dangerous with every attack and especially from set plays.
Keeper Jack Walker made two smart saves in the opening 10 minutes to keep Rolls in the game.
Rolls eventually got themselves into the game and began to pose a threat going forward.
Rolls equalised on 20 minutes when Rory Smith was pulled back inside the area and Greg Conn made no mistake from the resulting penalty, placing the spot kick into the top corner.
For the remainder of the half Rolls coped far better with the home side’s frequent attacks, also defending set plays better than the opening minutes.
In a very competitive, even second half Rolls raised their game but found it very hard to sustain any sort of length of pressure on the home side on a difficult pitch.
Rolls’ first chance fell to Jack Allen, but he couldn’t direct his volley from 12 yards.
Then substitute Robbie Manners’ well struck shot was also brilliantly saved by the home keeper.
Rolls also had to defend well as Swanwick always posed a threat going forward with hard-working striker Buckerfield.
Swanwick also looked dangerous again from set plays.
In the final 10 minutes Rolls had the best chance to gain all three points as Jack Smith got clear of the home defence and rounded the keeper but couldn’t direct his shot on target from the angle.
With Swanwick in such good form and have an excellent home record, some would see this as a good away point for Rolls.
However, Rolls must start games far better and be switched on from the kick-off as they’ve conceded early goals in their last two games.
ROLLS: Jack Walker, Greg Conn, Aaron Short, James Duncan, Jack Patterson, Rory Smith, Josh Haskey, Harry Allen, Chay Betteridge, Jack Smith, Jack Allen. Subs used: Robbie Manners, Kane Mathews.
ROLLS MAN OF THE MATCH: Josh Haskey.