Heath Hayes 1, Rocester 1.
A CRUEL equaliser denied Rocester a third consecutive win after producing a battling performance in difficult conditions in Midland League Division One on Saturday.
Following an excellent second-half display against Paget Rangers earlier in the week, the Romans had hoped to maintain their winning streak and continue their surge up the table.
Rocester's starting line-up saw the inclusion of Dave Bailey at right-back, Tommie Cooke moved from midfield to central defence and Jordan Godfrey returning to his familiar midfield role.
The weather conditions didn't lend themselves to a particularly enjoyable match for either the players or the spectators.
It had been wet and windy since early morning and it continued to rain for the duration of the match, but the pitch stood up to the conditions remarkably well.
The first half was a largely uneventful affair with few goal scoring opportunities for either side.
Both sides up their tempo after the break and after 56 minutes the Romans made their first substitution when James Handley replaced Jack Stevens.
Both teams created a few half-chances which ultimately broke down.
Rocester made further substitutions in the 70th minute with Kieran Lawton and Harrison Richardson coming on for Jack Thatcher and Jack Dundas.
Just two minutes later the Romans went ahead after being awarded a free kick deep into the Hayes half.
Liam Robinson played the ball into the box where Harrison Richardson marked his debut by volleying the ball low into the bottom left corner of the net.
Rocester pressed hard for a second goal but Hayes were rewarded for their own determination when Alastair Brauns equalised with his first goal of the campaign after 85 minutes.
The point gained sees the Romans stand fourth in the table two points below local rivals Uttoxeter Town in third spot.
Rocester make the short journey to Stapenhill in the Burton-on-Trent area tomorrow night (Oct 6) in search of more points.
UTTOXETER Town's game at Cadbury Athletic was called off because the Triplex Ground pitch is still undergoing repairs.
Tomorrow night (Oct 6) Uttoxeter welcome league leaders Leicester Road to their Oldfields ground, kick off 7.45pm. The match is all-ticket to meet with Covid-19 ground capacity restrictions.