Ryhall United scrapped out a point with a 1-1 draw away at Moulton Harrox Reserves in the PDFL Division One on Saturday to stay in fourth place in the league.
Ryhall started the game on the front foot but struggled to create any real openings against an experienced Moulton back line that sat deep on a pitch that in places was thick with mud.
Greg Dunn saw his header crash off the upright in one rare opening and Ryan Brown did manage to lose his man marker on the half hour, but as he rounded the keeper his goal-bound effort was headed off the line by a defender racing back.
The second half started as the first was played out, United enjoyed good spells of possession but were lacking any real cutting edge in the final third.
Barry Burton sent a long range shot just over before Joe Lippett failed to put enough power through his low drive as the keeper smothered the shot.
The deadlock was finally broken against the run of play as Moulton sent a long ball forward that caught Ryhall’s back line flat and as the forward raced through his early shot beat keeper John Feetham and gave the home side a shock lead.
Ryhall responded by surging more players forward but the Moulton defence continued to clear their lines, the defending was rugged at times but kept Ryhall at bay.
As Dunn dribbled his way towards goal he was brought down on the edge of the box. He dusted himself down to curl a fantastic free kick around the wall and into the top corner to equalise.
United pushed for a winner, Luke Ball chipped his shot over the keeper but the ball landed on the top netting before Sam Bush had a chance but was denied by a brave save from the home keeper.
Ryhall took more risks as the clock was ticking down and Moulton nearly stole a winner on the counter attack but the final shot went wide.