Eleazar Rodgers helped Wits avoid defeat against Polokwane City as the two teams played to a 1-1 draw. Photo: Backpagepix

POLOKWANE - League champions Bidvest Wits had to rely on a second-half injury-time equaliser to earn a 1-all draw with Polokwane City in an Absa Premiership match played at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday afternoon.

In a match that produced very few goal-scoring chances, home team striker Rodney Ramagalela saw his effort deflect past Wits' No 1 Darren Keet in the 51st minute, to give Polokwane their first league goal in four matches.

Just when it looked like Wits were going to go five league games without scoring, second-half substitute Eleazar Rogers put the ball past Polokwane goalkeeper George Chigova in the 91st minute, to earn a valuable point for his team away from home.

One could sense the frustration of Wits coach Gavin Hunt with his side putting in the hard work in building up several promising attacks, but battling to find the finishing touches in front of goal.

Likewise, at the other end of the park, the experienced four time-winning league mentor will be looking for solutions for his team who have now conceded 16 goals in league action and remain in the relegation zone.

The only good news for Hunt is that his side is off the bottom of the log, albeit it momentarily, with that position going to Ajax Cape Town, who are a point behind the Clever Boys but with a match in hand.

Wits, known as the Clever Boys, who just last week collected the lucrative Telkom Knockout trophy with a 1-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic, look desperately short of firepower up front with the former Al Ahly goal-getter Amr Gamal closely marked by the Polokwane rear-guard.

Polokwane, now on 12 points from 13 games, will now turn their attention to their next league encounter, away to the in-form Chippa United next Saturday.

Wits, on 11 points from 13 matches, will host Platinum Stars on the same day.