FISHBURN Park Reserves got a deserved point in their bid to avoid relegation from the top division with a hard-fought draw away to fifth-placed Ayton.
Park began brightly with Paul Jobling forcing a fine save from the keeper and Lee Brennan firing over when clean through.
This sparked Ayton to life and they began to get a foothold in the game.
In wasn’t a surprise then, when good play down the right found veteran forward Steve Roberts unmarked, who fired home from close range.
The game from then on until the 80th minute became a scrappy affair with neither side fashioning many clear chances.
With hope seemingly fading of grabbing a deserved equaliser, Park manager Andrew Wood threw caution to wind, making all three attacking substitutes and changing from the 4-5-1 formation to an attacking 3-3-4 in the hope of forcing a goal.
When a corner in the last seconds of the game fell to the feet of the tireless Towey, the ball was volleyed towards goal for substitute Liam Beckett to prod home.
It was a much better second half showing by Fishburn and they deserved their point. Gregson and Menzies were solid at the back but man of the match was Matty Towey who covered every blade of grass in his tireless midfield role.
Fishburn will hope they continue their recent good form when they travel to bottom side Cayton on Saturday (14 Jan).
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