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Droylsden 2 Leigh RMI 2

By Matt Lawton
February 3 2007

A last minute cracker from Chris Simm grabbed a priceless point for RMI in their fight against relegation with a terrific draw at Conference North leaders Droylsden. After last weekend’s defeat at Alfreton, RMI boss Stuart Humphreys was boosted with the return from suspension of veteran centre half Mark Maddox, while former Port Vale youngster Owen Roberts retained his place in the side after an impressive debut last weekend following his transfer from Unibond League side Clitheroe.

Hosts Droylsden went in to the game as the clear leaders of the division, although they entered the game in the mood for revenge after their championship challenge faltered somewhat with a 1-0 defeat at promotion rivals Kettering, while the Bloods will struggle to forget their disappointment in conceding a second half Dan Owen equaliser in their 2-2 draw at Hilton Park earlier this season.

Owen started the game on the bench with Humphreys going against recent selections and choosing to partner Mark Jackson with Chris Simm up front in a strikeforce that certainly has the potential to blossom in to a prolific partnership.

Humphreys’ decision to choose such a frontline proved to be justified just five minutes short of the break when former Preston striker Jackson, celebrating his twenty first birthday, was able to give his side the lead with his first goal for the club since scoring a hat-trick in the 4-3 home victory over Hucknall in December.

However, that lead wasn’t to last long and the hosts got themselves on level pegging on the stroke of half-time when former Southport and Wigan striker Steve Daly finally managed to beat John Lamb in the RMI goal in first half stoppage time.

After putting up such a brave fight, it seemed that Daly’s second goal of the afternoon ten minutes in to the second half would condemn RMI to defeat, only for Chris Simm to come up with a piece of magic with virtually the last kick of the game and earn a priceless point for his side ahead of Tuesday’s trip to bottom side Lancaster.

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