A THRILLING Bradford derby played in good spirits last night between Albion Sports and Thackley ended 2-2 at The Citadel.

Twice the visiting Dennyboys took the lead, but on both occasions, the home side were quick to peg them back.

Thackley went close on a couple of occasions early on, Ben Grech-Brooksbank firing wide before a smart stop from George McMahon to deny Aidan Chippendale from a free-kick.

But the away side did hit the front after 13 minutes, as good work from Lewis Morgan and Joe Mitchell saw them combine to find Chippendale.

He crossed the ball in and Grech-Brooksbank met it on the run to fire Thackley ahead.

Albion quickly levelled, as a corner was flicked on at the front post for Hass Gorji to turn home from close range.

Luke Wilson then made a good save at the near post to deny former Dennyboys star Lewis Waddington, now in Albion colours.

Both sides had a goal disallowed within seconds of each other five minutes before the break, though neither side had any complaints about the respective infringements.

Morgan headed home a Chippendale corner at the start of the second half, but that was ruled out for alleged obstruction on McMahon.

A stunning long-range free-kick from out on the left by Chippendale restored Thackley's lead with 20 minutes to go.

But once again, Albion replied almost instantly, as Robbie Fox equalised with a strike from the edge of the area.

McMahon made a decent late save from Grech-Brooksbank, before Albion almost stole the game at the death, Kamron Basi heading wide from a free-kick.

Albion remain in 10th and Thackley in 14th after the result.

The Dennyboys cannot finish any higher than that now, but with two games to go for Albion, they could end up as high as seventh.