UTTOXETER Town dropped more points in the title race but will be pleased that from 2-0 down they even managed to grab a point against Staffs FA Vase finalists Hanley Town.
Uttoxeter came into the match after two narrow victories and a bright opening 20 minutes suggested that they would make it a hat-trick of wins in eight days.
However, two sloppy goals gave Hanley the upper hand at the break and it was only another fightback which brought a point for the hosts.
After a positive start in which Matty Redshaw and Tommy Smith had combined on a few occasions it was Hanley who broke the deadlock against the run of play.
A routine long ball wasn’t dealt with by skipper Martin Gadsby, allowing Hanley’s winger space to cross and debutant Mark Springall, who had been impressive in the opening period, was the unlucky defender as the ball ricocheted off him and past keeper Alex Langridge.
The goal gave Hanley more impetus and a second arrived from a swift break where a speculative 30-yard drive flew off Langridge into the roof of the net.
The goals knocked the stuffing out of Town, who despite their lack of form came into the match eight points clear at the top of the Staffordshire County Senior League Premier Division and when Redshaw saw a fine opportunity fly over it seemed as though that gap would not be extended.
The second half saw Town push higher up the pitch and when Alex Woods’ long clearance found Redshaw Town grabbed a lifeline, the youngster calmly slotting the ball past the keeper.
A change in formation gave Town more width and they pushed on looking for an equaliser, Gadsby coming close when his turn and volley crashed against the post.
Uttoxeter equalised on 82 minutes when Lee Bagley headed back across goal for Gadsby to nod in from close range.
The referee somehow deemed no injury time to be played despite six substitutions and so the hosts had to settle for a point which at half-time looked a distant possibility.
Richard Amos Conservatories Man of the Match: Alex Woods.