A depleted Cottesmore side earned a point when they played Saffron Dynamo on Saturday at home.
It was not the result they wanted but joint-manager Steve Duffy said they did have six or seven players missing and it was a good opportunity to give a couple of young lads some experience.
Cottesmore took the lead in the first half through Harry Stannard who volleyed the ball home after a freekick was diverted into his path.
There were a few other chances through the game but the home side struggled to find another goal. Then with a certain amount of luck the visitors scored after a corner found a Saffron player who crossed the ball back into the box. Cottesmore’s keeper Alex Brown lost it in the sun and the ball landed in the back of the net.
Duffy said: “We had a few players missing and gave a couple of young lads a chance but having said that we should have won.”
The draw leaves them eighth in the Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division and with one game left still hoping for a top-half finish.
Cottesmore are playing in the semi-final of the Ancaster Cup against Pointon on Wednesday, kick-off 7.30pm.
The club is also holding a fundraising event tomorrow night (Friday). Rutland Vets are playing a touring German team at 6pm at Rogues Park and that will be followed by a race night in the social club at 8pm. Entry is free. Proceeds will go to Cottesmore player Matt Panter who suffered a facial injury in a recent match and is off work.
Team: Alex Brown, Alex Mackie, Callum Pauley, Ian Harrison, Andy Teare, Chris Shaw, Dave Gordon, Jake Culverwell, Harry Stannard, Danny Mackay, Jamie Mackay. Subs: Stan Stannard, Scott Harrison and Rob Lewin.