Table-toppers Workington twice came from behind to snatch a 2-2 draw from a pulsating encounter at the Home Estates Shawe View Stadium on Tuesday night.

Both teams were decimated by injuries but produced a fascinating game in front of a bumper crowd of just under five hundred.

There were few chances in a cagey opening half hour but Trafford,l who beat Widnes 3-0 on Saturday, forged ahead in the 32nd minute when Astley Mulholland’s superb defence splitting pass allowed Aidan Roxburgh to push forward and slot the ball past James Atkinson.

Six minutes later Mulholland was rather harshly adjudged to have handled inside his penalty area and Rowan Roache stepped forward to coolly dispatch the resultant spot kick into the bottom corner.

In the dying seconds of the first half, Alfie Belcher’s deep free kick from the left was met by Ross Davidson but Workington full back Matthew Clarke cleared off the line.

The second half was an enthralling affair and in the 49th minute Belcher and Matty Morgan combined superbly on the left with the latter cracking a thunderous drive from 25 yards that clipped the crossbar.

Five minutes later the home side struck again when the impressive Roxburgh stormed through midfield and released Max Hazeldine who blasted his drive past the advancing Atkinson.

Roared on by their magnificent supporters it appeared as though Trafford were heading for a memorable victory when, with just eight minutes remaining, a free kick was flighted in from the Workington right and Donae Lawrence rose to power his header past Dermot Mee and into the roof of the net.

The game came to a close with both sides perhaps happy with a point although Trafford will be disappointed that they twice squandered their lead.

Danny Caldecott’s team now face two tough away fixtures in the Northern Premier League, travelling to Kidsgrove Athletic on Saturday and Mossley on Tuesday night.