NESTON South Wirral came from three goals down to claim a point after a 3-3 draw at Bolton in North Division Two.
With Bolton lying just ahead of them in the table, Neston knew they couldn’t afford for their rivals to pull clear, and started the game positively.
The lively Aled Jarvis went through early on, but was denied by the home keeper.
Against the run of play, Bolton were awarded a controversial penalty corner, and Rob Davies flicked expertly past Rich Lowry.
Neston’s heads dropped, and they found themselves further behind when Liam Dudley scored a fine solo goal just minutes later.
Bolton were now in complete control, with Neston completely dispirited, and Yusuf Nalla made it 3-0 midway through the first period.
The Parkgate outfit were clinging on, but the tide turned on the stroke of half time, Irishman Steve Kelso popping up with a rare goal to give them heart.
After the break, Neston flew out of the blocks, and the excellent Luke Davies-Foo drove down the right before crossing for Ben McTaggart to further reduce the deficit.
With the momentum now totally with Neston, they dominated the next twenty minutes, exposing the Bolton defence time and again, but couldn’t find a finishing touch to some incisive attacking play.
Neston finally grabbed a richly deserved equaliser with Jarvis bursting through before setting up McTaggart to slot in his second.
The last ten minutes saw some frenetic play from both sides, but neither had the composure to grab a winner.
This weekend, Deeside Ramblers are the visitors to Parkgate.
Elsewhere, the ladies first team moved four points clear in Cheshire Division One after Sally Bell’s brace helped them to a 2-1 victory at South Cheshire.