A late second half equaliser from Chadderton’s Jordan Butterworth dashed Daisy Hill’s hopes of picking up all three points in an entertaining game at Andrew Street.
A Dean Singleton header had given Daisy a lead they held until 15 minutes from time, when Butterworth struck to earn his side a share of the points.
Over the course of the 90 minutes it was probably a fair result, with Daisy having the better of the first half and the hosts enjoying long spells of pressure after the break.
The game made a lively start, and Jake Foster had the first chance of the game in the fifth minute when he fired a free kick just over the bar from 25 yards, after Jamie Ramwell had been fouled as he homed in on goal.
But Chadderton soon hit back and after centre forward Daniel McLaughlin came close with a curling shot that just missed the far post, moments later another shooting opportunity came his way when he shot over the bar from the edge of the box.
Daisy always looked lively on the attack in first half, with Jamie Ramwell a constant threat, and he came close to opening the scoring on 25 minutes when he volleyed just wide from a Jake O’Brien corner.
But Daisy finally made the breakthrough five minutes from half time, when Dexter Brierley launched a free kick from the halfway line into the penalty area, and Dean Singleton rose to power a header into the far corner of the net.
No one could argue that the half time lead was not deserved on the run of play, but after the break it was the home side who had the better territory and chances.
Six minutes into the second half Chadderton’s Ben Matthews saw a thundering 25 yard free kick rebound off the crossbar, but the game then became scrappy for a spell before Chadderton began to exert pressure on the Daisy defence.
Steve Dryden in the Daisy goal was called on to make two excellent saves from Dillon O’Connor and Tyler Berry at the midway point in the second half, but he was finally beaten 15 minutes from time, when he got a hand to a Jordan Butterworth shot but couldn’t prevent the ball dropping over the line for Chadderton’s equaliser.
Sensing the tide turning in their favour, Chadderton pushed forward in search of a winner, and a neat build up down the right between Butterworth and O’Connor ended with Butterworth firing in a shot that clipped the top of the crossbar.
With seven minutes remaining it was heart in the mouth time once again, when Dexter Brierley cleared a Daniel McLaughlin shot off the line, but Daisy finished on the front foot and could have grabbed a dramatic winner in the final minute.
A surging run forward from Jacob Ridings ended with him being brought down 25 yards from goal, and from the resulting free kick Jake O’Brien narrowly missed snatching all three points for Daisy with an effort that just missed the far post.