For late point

Stockport Express - - Sport -

much the same vein af­ter the break, with nei­ther side rush­ing into any per­son­nel changes un­til late on in the tie.

But, de­spite the op­por­tu­nity to re­group at half­time, County seemed in­sis­tent on giv­ing Muggleton the op­por­tu­nity to cause yet more chaos inside the penalty area – and the sec­ond goal came min­utes into the sec­ond half, with Hinch­liffe only able to palm Muggleton’s eleventh throw of the af­ter­noon straight to Hem­mings, who half-volleyed pow­er­fully past the Hat­ters stop­per.

County had been off­form through­out, yet were pos­si­bly un­for­tu­nate to find them­selves star­ing down the bar­rel of a twogoal deficit – and Gan­non’s men soon had a way back into the tie through their man in form.

Matty War­bur­ton had helped him­self to four goals in four games prior to Satur­day’s af­fair, and the for­mer Cur­zon Ash­ton man soon made it five in five with a de­light­ful low free­kick curled to per­fec­tion past Wil­lis, with twenty min­utes left for The Hat­ters to sal­vage some­thing.

Con­tro­versy soon kicked in when Bos­ton’s play­ers con­tin­u­ally went down with in­juries which soon healed with­out fur­ther con­cern, with the home fans rev­el­ling in their side’s ‘time man­age­ment’.

But of­fi­cial An­thony Gough sig­nalled for five stop­page time min­utes as Bos­ton’s time-wast­ing came back to haunt the hosts – and, af­ter lengthy de­lays within that five min­utes of in­jury time due to Smith and Rollins both go­ing down with what the Pil­grims treated as cramp, there were 97 and a half min­utes on the clock when Ball headed home Scott Duxbury’s cross in front of 150 ju­bi­lant trav­el­ling fans.

The seething home fans booed the of­fi­cials off the pitch, but County were able to re­flect on a point saved at the death – with Gan­non’s men now just one point out­side the Na­tional League North play-off po­si­tions.

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