A resilient Moors side twice came from behind to claim a richly-deserved point at the end of a pulsating encounter with high-flying King’s Lynn Town on Tuesday night.
Those that came along to The Brewery Field were treated to a high tempo encounter between two teams clearly high on confidence and with neither willing to back down during a fascinating battle.
Tommy Widdrington’s were twice in front, but on both occasions Moors showed a strength of character to respond and were left feeling disappointed they hadn’t even taken all three points by the end.
Jason Ainsley chose to make one change to his starting eleven for the visit of the second-placed Linnets, as Joe Tait was restored to the centre of a three-man defence.
However, it was King’s Lynn who looked the more dangerous in the early exchanges with John Lufudu well positioned to clear a testing cross into the area before Dan Langley was forced into a fantastic save to deny Jordan Ponticelli.
Moors had to wait until almost midway through the first half for their first sight on goal as a long ball forward found its way all the way through to Glen Taylor who struck a powerful half-volley just too high.
On 25 minutes it was 1-0 to the visitors. Moors failed to fully clear a free-kick in from the right and danger man Josh Barrett fed a ball back into the box which somehow skated right through the area and into the net.
Moors responded well and could have been level on 33 minutes when good football provided Rob Ramshaw found the space to whip a low ball across goal which flashed agonisingly past the outstretched leg of Paul Blackett.
However, Blackett didn’t have to wait long for another chance and he levelled the game up five on 40 minutes with a wonderful bit of improvisation. A silky move down the right saw Callum Ross’ brilliant pass free Blackett and, when his low cross was blocked, the striker reacted quickest to get onto the loose ball and then hook home a shot past Paul Jones despite being off balance.
The Linnets came out firing after half time but it was Moors who had the better chances and Blackett volleyed wide after a good nod down by Taylor who met Bobby Faulkner’s long free-kick.
In-form Blackett then chased Reece Kendall’s ball over the top, got there before keeper Paul Jones and looked to set to make it 2-1 only for defender Josh Coulson to launch a wonderful last-gasp challenge to rescue the visitors.
Corey McKeown showed bravery to get in the way of Theo Widdrington’s powerful drive before Aaron Jones lashed a shot over the bar as King’s Lynn fought fire with fire.
And just after the hour mark, the visitors got their breakthrough. Brilliant play by Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain saw him whip a superb cross into the area and Adam Crowther climbed highest to nod a header past Langley for 2-1.
McKeown could have equalised almost immediately when he ran on to Ross’ excellent delivery from the right but couldn’t get enough contact to glance the ball into the net and King’s Lynn survived.
Ramshaw was next to come close to a second equaliser when he was freed by more good football but his shot from the right of the area flashed into the side netting.
However, Moors weren’t to be denied and another ball into the box from the right was met by Kendall on the run who bullied his way in front of a defender to power home a header for 2-2.
After that, Moors took control. Ramshaw did brilliantly to find space down the left and when his cross was cut out by some desperate defending it fell loose to Taylor who drilled an effort over the bar when many expected the net to ripple.
With only a minute remaining, Taylor had another glorious opportunity to win it for Moors when he scampered on to Blackett’s flick but again the front man lashed his effort too high.
Full Time: Moors 2 King’s Lynn Town 2
Moors: Langley, Lufudu, Faulkner, Tait, Curtis, Kendall, Ross, Ramshaw, McKeown (Anderson 75), Blackett (Shanks 90), Taylor.
Subs not used: Flatters, Wombwell, Ravenhill.
Booked: Kendall (24), Taylor (82)
King’s Lynn Town: P Jones, Coulson, Crowther, Denton, A Jones, J Jones, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Widdrington, Clunan, Barrett (Walker 89), Ponticelli (Cosgrave 75).
Subs not used: Blair, Callan-McFadden, Hughes.
Booked: A Jones (82), Crowther (90)
Referee: Gareth Jones
Attendance: 1,232 (24 King’s Lynn Town)