A late goal cost Glossop North End dear for the second Saturday in succession -- this time at Lancaster City in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, Division One North.
But it failed to prevent the Hillmen extending their unbeaten start to the league season to eight matches as they sit second in the table.
Glossop drew 1-1 and although the home side’s equaliser was not as late as the 95th minute heartbreaker they conceded against Skelmerdale United in the FA Cup seven days earlier, it again made them regret their inability to net a second goal to kill the game.
They led 1-0 when Lancaster won a corner on the right in the 80th minute, and their captain, Neil Marshall, rose highest to head goalwards. It was somehow kept out on the line by Matt Russell, only for the home side to react quickest to the loose ball and Joe Whittington poked it forward for Matty Poole to apply the finishing touch.
Both sides pressed for the winner, with openings falling to Dave Young and Ben Brooks for the visitors. But Glossop had to be content with a point against a solid and experienced Lancaster outfit who have lost only one of their opening seven league games.
Indeed most of the match was tight, with only two efforts on target in the first 40 minutes. The best chance of the first half fell to Kieran Lugsden when neat interplay enbabled him to curl a shot from 18 yards that fell just the wrong side of a post.
At the other end, ‘keeper Greg Hall produced a fine save but after Ashley Stott had wasted a golden chance with a tame chip, Glossop took a 52nd minute lead when a pass across the face of the goal by Astley Mulholland was diverted home at the far post by a stretching Tom Bailey.
With the Hillmen on top, now was the time to net that crucial second. But Young headed over when he should have hit the target and Bailey swivelled for a shot that flew over the bar before Young failed to convert a short-range snap-chance.