BALA Town dropped points to Haverfordwest County for a second time this season as a late equaliser denied them all three points away from home.

Just weeks after the Lakesiders fell to a late 2-1 defeat at home to Wayne Jones’ side, another dramatic ending saw them share the spoils in a 1-1 draw at the Bridge Meadow Stadium on Saturday.

Following an 11 day absence from the JD Cymru Premier, Bala were back in action with a trip down South.

Manager Colin Caton made two changes to his side from the previous game, a 2-1 win away at Flint Town United, as John Rushton and Anthony Stephens would come in for Alex Ramsay and Jonny Spittle respectively.

The game got underway at Haverfordwest with Will Evans (below) coming close in the early stages, after a long throw into the box went into his direction but he hooked the ball over the bar.

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Just ten minutes in, Bala were given a massive let off as Danny Williams received the ball in the box, had time to turn and shoot, but dragged his shot wide.

Sean Smith then put in a brilliant challenge in the box to deny a shot on goal from a Haverfordwest player on 20 minutes.

Another chance for the home side came soon after as Kieran Lewis passed through to Jack Wilson, but his shot went straight into the hands of goalkeeper Rushton.

Striker Raul Correia went very close to handing Bala the lead on 25 minutes, as he met Steven Leslie’s cross a few yards out, but his glancing header went just wide of the post.

Haverfordwest then had another great chance to take the lead as one of their forwards made a driving run towards the byline on the left hand side and, although his powerful cross went through everyone, two Haverfordwest players in the box were unable to get a touch of the ball to direct it goalwards.

As the second half arrived, the home team had been the better side and should probably have been ahead through the likes of Williams and Wilson.

Bala skipper Chris Venables came close to breaking the deadlock on 53 minutes, but his powerful header from a corner went wide of the post.

The Lakesiders then saw another chance go begging when, after Leslie made some space for himself on the edge of the box, his curling shot went over the bar.

Moments later, Ollie Shannon played a ball into the feet of Venables - the skipper was able to turn inside the box, but took a heavy touch which the keeper then pounced on.

With twenty minutes left to play, and the game still goalless, Haverfordwest earned a free kick on the left hand side. Elliot Scotcher whipped it in brilliantly towards the left hand post, but his effort cannoned off the inside of the post, and stayed out of the goal.

In the 84th minute, the deadlock was finally broken when a lovely flick from Bala substitute Henry Jones found Leslie, who made a driving run to the byline before putting in a cross to the front post where Will Evans was there to fire home his sixth goal of the season.

But, just seconds before the board was shown for added time, Haverfordwest would equalise when a ball into Jack Wilson in the box gave him time to take a touch and hit a shot towards goal which squirmed past Rushton and made it 1-1.

Wilson once again proved to be the thorn in Bala’s side in this one, just weeks after he scored an injury time winner over them when the two sides met at Maes Tegid.

Despite dropping points, the result saw Bala move up to joint-second in the table with Connah’s Quay on 20 points and ahead of them on goal difference.

Up next for the Lakesiders is a home tie against league-leaders The New Saints, who they currently sit five points behind.

The two sides had originally met in early October but that tie had to be re-scheduled after the floodlights failed in the 87th minute.

The match had been heading for a 2-2 draw before it was called off.