Only a late volley from Greg Williams saved Aylesbury United from an embarrassing defeat at home to bottom side North Greenford United on Saturday.
Greenford, who look near certainties for the drop, have won just once on the road all season but Jessy Yoboue’s first half goal put them on course for an unlikely three points as the home side wasted a number of chances before Williams’ strike six minutes from full-time rescued a point.
Aylesbury went into the game in search of back-to-back league wins for the first time since September, but instead their inconsistent form continued with this result dropping them to 12th in Division One Central.
Shane Wood returned to the starting line-up while the Ducks welcomed goalkeeper Dan Green, signed from Leighton Town, to the bench, and it was the hosts who had the first chance when Stacey Field could only volley high and wide when well-placed.
Despite that early opening, Greenford had made the stronger start and a mistake by Bill Morgan let in Anton Robinson for a shot that was blocked by Jack Wood before the same man was then denied by United goalkeeper Tahj Bell.
Robinson’s striker partner Marlon Kabi also had a sight of goal but he produced an awful finish before Aylesbury gradually began to improve with Lea Coulter’s rising drive just clearing the crossbar.
Field then wasted a glorious chance to put the Ducks ahead as the United striker turned his marker inside out but could only fire against the post with the visiting goalkeeper well beaten.
And that miss proved critical when, just a minute before half-time, Aylesbury conceded another soft goal when a low ball wasn’t cut out as it made its way across from the right, allowing Yeboue the simple task of slotting home the only goal of the half.
The quality of the match worsened in the second period with clear-cut chances at a premium and it seemed United were going to suffer another disappointing home defeat.
That all changed with six minutes to go, however, as United hauled themselves level with their best move of the match. Joey Acheampong was released on the right and his devilish ball to the near post was met by a crisp Williams volley which flew into the net and rescued United a draw.
The Ducks face another struggling side this weekend when they visit second from bottom AFC Hayes.