Cheadle Town pushed title-chasing Norton United all the way in a pulsating game at Park Road last night.
In the end they had to settle for a point although it could so easily have been three but for a couple of terrific saves from visiting ‘keeper Jordan Wood.
Town started at a high tempo and it was fully deserved when they took the lead after 23 minutes. Alex Monde-Leke, starting his first game for the club, was brought down in the box and Aaron Carroll kept his nerve to convert the resultant penalty.
Monde-Leke also saw a shot blocked on the line and another saved as the home side continued to dominate.
Little had been seen of the Staffordshire side as an attacking force but they grabbed an equaliser seven minutes before the break from another penalty, scored by Tom Winkle.
The second half was more evenly contested and Town thought they’d won it in the closing stages when Andrew Lindon cut inside and hit a curling shot that was heading into the top corner until Wood dived across to make a magnificent save.