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Chasetown FC failed to make the most of a numerical advantage as they drew 2-2 at home against Ramsbottom United.

The visitors were reduced to ten men as early as the 12th minute when left back Ryan Ellison received a straight red after the referee felt he caught Callum Cockerill-Mollett with an elbow.

But Ramsbottom almost took the lead five minutes later as Curtis Pond pulled off a top save to deny a Tom Schofield.

It was Chasetown who broke the deadlock after 23 minutes in bizarre circumstances. Visiting keeper Sam Ashton tripped on the edge of the area fielding a routine ball and Tom Hill had the easiest chance to advance with the loose ball and fire into an empty net.

United thought they had levelled just after the half hour but their celebrations were cut short by the assistant’s flag for offside. 

Ramsbottom deservedly equalised in the 40th minute. A defensive miskick set up Iyrwah Gooden who squared the ball to Jamie Rainford to side-foot into an empty net.

On the hour, United were awarded a penalty after Gooden was tripped and Nic Evangelinos sent Pond the wrong way from the spot. 

Chasetown pushed for the equaliser and a succession of corners saw Jack Langston fire goalwards only for Ashton to save at full stretch to his left.

The Scholars eventually equalised in the 88th minute after the scramble to end all goalmouth scrambles. Several Chasetown players stabbed the ball goalwards and it pinballed around before James Askey drilled the ball hard and low past Ashton.

Academy star Liam Kirton almost won it for the hosts with a chipped effort that Ashton held above his head.