A DRAMATIC last-gasp penalty from Brian Moogan saved a valuable and well-earned Blue Square North point for Vauxhall Motors at Ewen Fields on Saturday after Hyde United looked set to steal victory.
The visitors dominated the first half and they deservedly broke the deadlock in the 38th minute when Karl Noon fired in after Josh Hine’s initial shot had been saved.
Hyde hit back after the restart, however, and equalised just before the hour mark as the unmarked Dean Stott headed home from a corner.
And it got worse for Carl Macauley’s men 14 minute minutes from time when substitute Scott Mooney put the hosts in front with a deflected 10-yard strike.
Motors were not finished yet, although they had to wait until injury-time for their chance as the speedy Hine was hauled down in the box by Mark Lees.
Moogan cooly converted the resulting spot-kick to make the final score 2-2, but only after the game had been held up for five minutes for an altercation between Noon and Ricky Mercer and while Hyde’s Kevin Holsgrove was treated for cramp.
Vauxhall, who remain third from bottom, entertain high-flying Droylsden on Saturday.
Kick-off has been brought forward to 1pm because of floodlight pylon damage at Rivacre Park caused by a fire in last Tuesday’s derby defeat to Southport.