AN INJURY time goal ensured Malvern Town managed to salvage a draw in their game against Wolverhampton Sporting Community at the HDAnywhere Stadium.
On a day which saw Malvern performing under-par, Sporting took the lead on the stroke of half time through Mitchell Clarke before Ben Hayes netted the equaliser just before the full-time whistle to give his side a share of the spoils.
The result sees Malvern drop to tenth in the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division table after Stone Old Alleynians claimed a 4-3 victory at fourth placed Cradley Town.
Malvern started the game slowly and it took half-an-hour before they had their first shot on goal.
Despite their poor start, they restricted Sporting to a couple of chances with Josh Sarmento’s low shot saved well by keeper Chas Weaver in the 22nd minute.
Dave Reynolds carved out Malvern’s first real goal-scoring opportunity on 36 minutes but his header from Lee Hooper’s free kick sailed over.
However, two minutes before the interval, Sporting took the lead.
From a corner, Weaver went to claim the ball but his attempt was misjudged, allowing Clarke to bundle over to give Sporting a deserved lead.
Malvern started the second half much more brightly and should have found themselves level if the likes of Luke Corbett and Hayes had not wasted good chances to score.
Dene Whittal-Williams and Matthew Turner missed further chances to pull Malvern level but frustration turned into joy when Hayes levelled one minute into injury time.
After collecting a wonderful throughball from Reynolds, Hayes took the ball on 15 yards before firing home.
Hayes must have thought he had netted the winner deep into added time but his well-driven shot was superbly saved by Sporting keeper Luke Stevens to keep the score at 1-1.
Malvern will be looking to return to winning ways on Saturday (February 6) as they make the trip to 16th place Black Country Rangers.