NANTWICH Town picked up a point in a scrappy affair against the lowly Squirrels.
The Dabbers were depleted with Matt Bradbury (broken toe), Richard Pullar (broken collar bone) and Paul Santus (suspended), while Glyn Blackhurst was named substitute without being prop-erly fit.
John Scarlett was also on the bench after completing his ban while John Ackerley and Dave Griffin stepped up from the reserves.
But it was the weather which dominated the day. A swirling wind combined with a poor pitch made attractive football impossible and, although Adam Newton's screamer lit up the occasion, it was a dour affair.
Player-boss Steve Davis said: 'I am disappointed because I felt we could get all three points on the back of a couple of excellent performances.
'But the conditions were difficult. A gale force wind meant the ball was constantly off the pitch, and both sides struggled to play any football.
'We tried our best and we were the better side, but perhaps didn't quite do enough to win it. Adam's goal was a super strike, and I felt we were very unlucky with a disallowed goal.
'The standard of refereeing is very poor at this level and I don't think it was a penalty for their equaliser. In fact their players were laughing when it was given.
'But we got a point and must keep ourselves going for Friday's game at Stone Dominoes. I am still confident in the boys.'
Nantwich made the early running and a long-range strike from Melvin Morrison almost caught out home keeper Terry McCormick.
They took the lead on 20 minutes. A Danny Griggs corner was only partially cleared to Newton, who cracked a thunderbolt volley into the top of the net from the edge of the penalty area.
Paul Rutter thought he had made it 2-0 with 15 minutes to go when he rammed home a deflection, but it was ruled offside. At the other end, Phil Toale should have done better but blazed wide when well placed.
The equaliser came 10 minutes from time. Ackerley was adjudged to have brought down Paul Guy in the box and the Formby man got up to fire the spot-kick past Reade.
The Dabbers almost clinched a win in stoppage time but Matt Blake's shot was palmed round the post by McCormick. nNantwich Town Reserves were beaten 3-1 by Warrington Borough last week.