Paget Rangers were denied three points by a resilient Alvis Sporting Club side who remain unbeaten.
Daniel Carter gave the Bears the lead in the 13th minute, before Michael Quirke levelled the score from the spot for the visitors, just before the half hour mark. Dildale Linton put Alvis in front three minutes after the break, however Mark Bellingham got the equaliser via a penalty with 15 minutes to go. A frustrating end to the game saw Paget throw the kitchen sink at Alvis to no avail.
Alvis took control of the game from the get go, but Paget looked dangerous on the counter with Rico Taylor and Junior causing trouble on the wings. Both sides had chances to get in front from free kicks, but both opportunities were wasted. In the 10th minute Taylor’s long range effort from the wing made the crowd gasp and put the Alvis defence on high alert.
After Taylor’s effort the Bears began to take the reigns, and in the 14th minute took the lead through Carter, Josh Benton launched a free kick from the Paget half which Craig Goodbody failed to intercept, thus landing perfectly to Carter who slotted it past the Alvis goalkeeper.
Only a minute later Junior slipped past the Alvis defence only to send the shot wide, before Bellingham and Cater both came close. The Bears should have been 2-0 by this point.
Alvis again gained control of the game, only to squander any chances they had, a Paget counter attack ended with a low cross after Junior made his way past the Alvis right back with ease. More pressure came from Alvis, and it finally paid off when Lenton went down in the box, he duly stepped up and converted the penalty making the score 1-1
The visitors started the second half strongly, but it could all have been for nothing if Carter had managed to capitalise on James Wardle fumbling Bellingham’s long range effort, but only a minute later Alvis took the lead through Linton.
Despite their league position the visitors didn’t seem confident enough to increase their lead and were happy to sit back, inviting Paget to attack, 10 minutes into the half Rico Taylor earned a free kick after Najio Abukar fouled the Paget winger for the fourth time in the match, however the free kick was sent over the bar.
Minutes later Benton kept the Bears in the game with a great save, denying Linton before the crossbar denied Dempster.
Paget increased the pressure and bringing Billy Fagg on proved to be a good move by the manager as his shot was blocked by the hand of Sam Murphy forcing the referee to award the home side a penalty, Bellingham then stepped up and sent the ball into the net from the spot.
The home side had the momentum for the remaining 15 minutes, and whilst they threw everything they had at Alvis the score remained 2-2.
Updated 22:34 - 12 Mar 2017 by Joshua Smith