TWO goalkeeping errors by veteran Neil Waters cost Hucknall Rolls Leisure dear as their inconsistent start to the new season continued at Cotgrave.
Rolls had to fight back from 2-0 and 3-2 down before salvaging a 3-3 draw with a last-gasp equaliser from Ash Marshall.
And there’s no doubt they need to improve on the form they have shown in their first six games if they are to trouble leaders Linby Colliery Welfare in the big local derby.
Rolls had several key players missing for the trip to Cotgrave. Richard Harrison and Andy Start were suspended, Kyle McDermott and James Needham were away and Ian Paterson and Simon Hulme were injured.
So the last thing they needed was to give the home side two goals in the first 18 minutes. However that’s what happened as Graham Lymm slammed a fine finish into the corner and then Waters fumbled a speculative 25-yarder from Richard Lucas into his own net.
A couple of bizarre goals by defender Aaron Short hauled Rolls level before the break. First a free-kick from fully 50 yards was missed by everyone, ending up in the net. And then a wind-assisted punt somehow slipped through the fingers of the ‘keeper.
But midway through the second half, another goalie clanger allowed Cotgrave to restore their advantage as Waters got into a mix-up with his defence and the ball hit Lee Penley on the back before trickling in.
The scoreline was remarkable considering it was a poor game of few chances. But at least Rolls rescued a point when their only decent move of the afternoon resulted in a shot from Ant Wallis rebounding off the inside of a post for man-of-the-match Marshall to ram home.
ROLLS LINE-UP (3-5-2) — Waters/ Marshall, Short, Tolley/ Paterson D., Niblett, Murray, Brooks, Osbourne/ Greeley, Wallis. Subs: Buckley (for Brooks 46), Conn (for Short 65).