Simon Woodhead made a dramatic late clearance off the goalline to earn Bingley Bees a 2-2 draw at Division Five North leaders York University Thirds in a top-of-the-table Yorkshire League clash.
With the Bees lying third ahead of the match, they could not afford to lose in their chase for a promotion place.
Bingley had all the pressure during the first ten minutes and had a goal disallowed – and their disappointment was compounded when York took the lead with their first notable attack.
The Bees continued to battle well and they were rewarded early in the second half with an equaliser from Ben Clough.
A good drag-flick from a short corner was well saved by the York keeper but this put the rebound straight back to Clough, who forced the ball away into the bottom corner.
Both defences came under intense pressure as the game stepped up a gear with the two sides looking for a winner.
York went ahead for a second time but Clough replied with his second goal ten minutes from the end.
Then came Woodhead’s decisive moment in the dying seconds to earn the Bees a deserved point.
Bingley’s ladies lost 4-1 at third-placed City of York Seconds to remain bottom of the Premier Division.
But the ladies second team matched the men’s side with a 2-2 draw at home to City of York Fourths in Division Four.
The Bees were missing a number of key players, including regular keeper Rachel Fuller, but showed strength and determination to earn a point that keeps them sixth.
York scored first with a lifted shot from a corner but it was not long before a shot from Janice Reid took a deflection on its way into the net.
Reid also supplied the second Bingley goal to make it 2-1 but this seemed to regenerate York and they made numerous breaks in search of an equaliser.
Midfielder Reid, named player of the match, showed her versatility by repelling a number of attacks but York’s pressure eventually told and they equalised in the dying moments.