Simeon Cobourne rescued a late point for Halesowen at the end of a thrilling top of the table clash against league-leaders Ilkeston Town in front of 2,428 fans.

The draw keeps the Yeltz level on points with the Robins and sets up an exciting end of season title battle.

Halesowen were down to ten men when Cobourne squeezed home his 86th minute equaliser after Josh Hawker had been given a straight red card on 76 minutes.

Alex Troke gave Ilkeston a half-time lead with a great 24th minute top-corner finish from the right of the penalty area before Chris Lait equalised for the Yeltz after 71 minutes with a clever turn and shot.

Just five minutes after Hawker’s dismissal, Zak Goodson put Ilkeston back in front before persistent Cobourne stunned Ilkeston to make it 2-2 late on. Although Halesowen still pressed for a winner, it was goalkeeper Dan Platt who kept the points safe with two good late saves.

Final score: Ilkeston Town 2 Halesowen Town 2

Halesowen Town: Dan Platt; Rob Evans (Brad Birch 53), Lewis Wright (Ahmed Ali 63), Josh Hawker, Paul McCone, Nat Kelly, Chris Lait, McKauley Manning, Simeon Cobourne, Richard Gregory, Kyle Finn (Richard Smith 72). Unused Subs: Toby Scott, Jack Holmes Attendance: 2,428

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