Gainsborough Trinity took a point from this game but they will feel they deserved all three.
In a display of pace and power and football played on the ground the Blues drew 2-2 with high-flying Brackley Town to continue their three game unbeaten run in Skrill North.
Goals from Lewis McMahon – his fifth in three games since returning to the club – and Jamie Wooton in the second half earned Trinity a share of the spoils.
Three minutes in, a Trinity corner was only half cleared and Dan Clayton tested Billy Turley with a low drive.
Trinity were a goal down after 14 minutes when Ben Mills headed home a simple close-range header in what was Brackley’s second attack of the game.
It could have been worse for the Blues as Mills threatened again after 20 minutes, but Phil Barnes got down well to make the save.
Trinity looked to get back into the game and produced the best football of the game mid-way through the first half. McMahon, Barraclough and Russell all involved but the final shot was just wide.
On the half-hour mark, Jamie Wooton went on a superb run down the right. He got to the by-line a pulled a low cross back for McMahon, but his shot was under-hit and Turley was able to save.
Trinity started the second half superbly, with Clayton looking dangerous on the left. But it was old boy Lewis McMahon who levelled the game. The Matlock man picked the ball up on the esdge of the area and curled a cracker of a shot around the keeper on 65 minutes.
Two minutes later and the home side took the lead, when Wooton knocked it past a defender on the right wing and beat him for pace before firing a shot low and hard into the far corner.
The Northolme was rocking as supporters celebrated but on 73 minutes Brackley silenced them again with a goal from Steve Diggin, who brilliantly found the bottom corner to put his side level.
Brackley could have wrapped it up two minutes from the end, but it would have been a cruel blow for the home side.
Trinity: Barnes, Roma, Young, Howe, Wilde, Toner, Russell, McMahon, Barraclough, Wooton, Clayton; subs: Stamp, Lacey, Williams, Batty, Davis.