UPTON AA bounced back from two goals down to salvage a point at Blacon Youth Club in the big West Cheshire League Division One derby.
With the wind at their backs, Blacon took a two-goal lead into the break on Friday only for Upton to storm back after the restart to earn a share of the spoils.
The hosts survived an early penalty scare to take the lead with a close-range Aden Shannon header.
The former Welsh Premier League hitman doubled his tally midway through the first period. Shannon latched on to a ball over the top and skipped past Ryan Cartwright before stroking the ball into the empty net to put Blacon firmly in control.
Slowly but surely, Upton began to work their way into the game, Sean Finch, Todd Reid and Steve McGowan all going close before the half was out.
Dave Wright’s men got their reward on the hour mark when captain Andy Lloyd hooked in from a corner and it was left up to top-scorer Simon Andrews to fire in the equaliser from the spot.
Chester Nomads suffered a cruel 2-1 defeat at high-flying Maghull.
Kieran Smith drew Nomads level and, with Steve Cunningham in fine form, they seemed set to earn an excellent point. But they were unable to hold on as Maghull snatched a late winner.
Christleton went down 3-1 at table-topping Ashville.
The Swans put up a fight and were left to rue the fact that Steve Finlay’s well-worked goal ultimately proved to be nothing more than a consolation.
James Hussaney and Josh Cullen were on target for Christleton in their 2-2 draw at home to Ellesmere Port last Wednesday.
Helsby (Wes Huizer) took over at the top of Division Three on Saturday with a 1-0 home win over Mossley Hill Athletic Reserves. Christleton Reserves (Luke Foulkes, Steven Kamperman) drew 2-2 at Merseyside Police.