Andy Goodwin’s West Pier Reserves side threw away their chances of collecting the runners-up spot in division two after they drew 6-6 with Fylingdales Reserves tonight.
Pier needed three points to give themselves a chance of finishing second behind champions Trafalgar Reserves, but despite Luke Midgley banging in four goals, a second-half flurry from Dales secured them a point.
Dales were on top from the start though and raced into a 1-0 lead early on.
Pier were soon level as Nick Bell latched onto Midgley’s flick-on and fired in.
They were ahead in fortuitous circumstances when Midgley’s raid down the right saw his resulting cross luckily fly into the top corner.
Midgley fired in a free-kick just before the break to hand Pier a 3-1 lead at half-time.
Dales spurned a couple of chances just after the break and were punished when Danny Birley smashed in a free-kick for 4-1.
Pier were stunned by a superb comeback by the away side, as Dales ran in three quickfire goals to level matters up at 4-4 before they took a 5-4 lead with just 15 minutes left on the clock.
Midgley concluded his hat-trick to make it 5-5, but almost straight from the kick-off Dales capitalised on a defensive error to re-take the lead at 6-5.
Midgley wasn’t done just yet though and after a melee in the box, he scraped home the crucial leveller.
There were chances for both sides to win the game, but a mix of poor finishing and a stunning save by the Dales keeper to keep out Bell’s low drive ensured the sides shared the spoils.
Boss Goodwin said: “They were unlucky not to win, we were poor and they wanted it more than us.
“If they’d have played like this all season then they’d be far higher up in the league.
“It’s frustrating that we’ve blown our chances of finishing second, but hopefully we can win against Alma and Tennyson now and finish our league season on a high.”