Stamford 1 Witton Albion 1
HIGH-flying Witton were held to a draw at mid-table Stamford after being denied twice by the post.
Rod Thornley had his first attempt stopped by the upright despite beating keeper Chris Sanna. Sanna himself then rifled a goalline clearance on to the post after again being beaten, by a Thornley lob in the 42nd minute.
Stamford had the earlier chances. With the sun setting in his face, Jon Kennedy was first tested on 16 minutes by an Adam Warlow 15-yard shot that screamed across the face of the goal.
Six minutes later Dave MacPherson from a central position 20 yards out also saw his shot go wide of the left upright before the right post saved the Daniels from Rod Thornley’s curling first attempt.
Leon Mettam had Stamford’s only real chance of the half after slipping through Albion’s rearguard, but Kennedy was able to block. On the stroke of half-time a tremendous shot from Wilson saw Sanna pull off an equally good save to ensure the goal-less half.
After the break both sides went close before Albion finally broke the deadlock in the 75th minute. Tony Barras lifted a free kick to substitute Neil Wood who picked out Steve Brodie and the former Sunderland man hit the net.
Stamford equalised when Albion failed to clear and Robert Hughes struck home from the edge of the area with just four minutes of normal time to play.
On present form, the only realistic challengers for the top spot will be Fleetwood, who were also held to a 1-1 draw by seventh-placed Eastwood Town.