Stockport Town made it back to back matches undefeated under new boss Dave Wild after they drew 1-1 against Bacup Borough on Saturday afternoon in the Hallmark Security League.
Goals from new signing Ben Halfacre saw Town take the lead in the second half before Alexander Nwachuku equalised for the visitors at Stockport Sports Village.
The match got off to a flyer for the home side as winger Jude Oyibo beat two men on his driving run into the penalty area before Halfacre’s eventual shot was well saved by Bacup keeper and ex-Lion, Aaron Ashley.
The Lions winger was begin to thrive on his forward runs as Oyibo once again raced down the right wing before cutting into the box. He followed with another cut-back onto his right foot before his goal-bound shot was blocked for a corner.
Down the other end of the pitch Bacup began to grow into the match as Adrian Bellamy met a cross inside the box but his header on goal was too easy for Daniel Whiting to collect.
The visitors then had home supporters sighing with relief after Anthony Hall cracked the upright with his well-taken freekick leaving Whiting diving across his goal but the ball would fall out for a goal kick.
Stockport hit back in the next few minutes, firstly with Kyle Binding heading just wide from a fantastic Ashley Fowles delivery, before Binding and Halfacre linked up and the latter saw his shot on goal saved by Ashley.
The 37th minute saw the Lions miss a glorious chance to take the lead as Halfacre fired over on the half volley following Adam Stubbs and Ashley coming together in the box for the high ball, with the Bacup keeper dropping the ball at Halfacre’s feet.
Just a minute later and there was a big talking point in the match for both sets of supporters as Anthony Hall’s nasty challenge on Fowles, whom he had just lost the ball too, saw the Lions right-back taken off with suspected ligament damage. Hall escaped with just a booking but some in the crowd thought it should have been a red card.
The second half began just as the first did with the Lions pressing forward as a unit and passing the ball around the pitch well and Wild’s side wouldn't have to wait long before breaking the deadlock.
Just seven minutes into the restart and Halfacre put his side in front following a cross from Town midfielder Jack McConnell. The robust striker showed his skills with his feet as he turned the Bacup defender before slotting into the bottom right corner.
Town were unlucky not to double there lead after substitute Johnny Hurst saw his strike cannon back off the post following fellow substitute Aaron Dwyer’s cross. Just minutes later Bennion narrowly missed making it two for the home side as his header fell just wide of the near post.
Five minutes after missing chances to make it 2-0, Town were pegged back by Bacup as Nwachuku arrived at the back post following a cross into the box and buried his shot through a number of bodies.
With the match approaching the final ten minutes both sides were on the hunt for a late winner and Dwyer came close for Town, seeing his shot curl wide of the far-post. Martin Broderick then teed up a strike from range for Bacup but Whiting was calm enough to watch it rise over his crossbar.
The Lions then spurned a chance to snatch the victory after Stubbs found himself unmarked in the six-yard box and connecting with Leon Murphy’s freekick but the centre-back fired wide from point-blank range.
Stockport would end the match with ten men having already made three substitutions before Dwyer went down holding his knee. A delay in the match saw the Lion stretchered off with yet another case of possible ligament damage.
As the full-time whistle blew Stockport will have thought it was another match they caught have snatched all three points as they felt last week in a 0-0 draw away at FC Oswestry Town but Wild will be more than happy with the progress he has seen so far in just a short space of time.
Stockport Town are next in action next weekend when they travel to Charnock Richard in league action on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm.