A PAUL Donovan field goal with only minutes to spare has saved Nambucca Heads from defeat as the Roosters collected a narrow 25-24 victory at Coronation Park.
Despite a horror first half, the Roosters managed to get their act together as the game wore on piling the points late to snatch the win.
Captain coach Grant Coleman was a relived man at full time but admitted the game wasn't pretty.
"We had a few new players in new positions today including the halves so we were a bit all over the shop to start," Coleman said.
"We didn't play anywhere near our best and we paid the price.
"Once we got back to basics the game went our way and luckily we managed to collect a win."
It was a case of so close yet so far for the Axemen who would've felt very confident of winning its first game of the season with a 18-10 lead at half time.
"Orara played really well and had us on the backfoot for large parts of the game," Coleman said
"We played a good tough second half and took advantage of a tired defence.
"Dion Marr was outstanding for us today and without his hard yards late in the match it could have been a different result.