A MISSED penalty proved costly for Warrington Rylands as they were held at home this afternoon.

With the score at 1-1, Callum Dolan sent a spot kick over the bar and although Andy Scarisbrick did give Blues the lead again, Ben McKenna equalised just two minutes later to earn the Lancastrians a point.

Kane Drummond had given Dave McNabb's side an early lead, which was cancelled out just after half-time by Sefton Gonzales.

It was a game Blues boss McNabb felt his side deserved to win on balance, but he was critical of his side's work in both boxes.

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WARRINGTON Rylands allowed Clitheroe to come from behind twice to snatch a deserved point in a hard-fought game.

Rylands enjoyed the greater share of play in the first half but only had a Kane Drummond goal to their name, with the livewire forward turning a ninth-minute Declan Walker cross into the visitors’ net from close range. 

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Kane Drummond opens the scoring. Pictures by Mark Percy

Clitheroe’s Cole Lonsdale had the game’s first attempt at goal, firing a shot from distance high and wide in the third minute.

Rylands first chance of the game fell to Joe Coveney, whose side-footed shot from the edge of the area flew just inches off target.

In the eighth minute, Clitheroe goalkeeper Chris Thompson dived to his left to pull off a great save to parry away a Callum Dolan shot after the Rylands man had twisted and turned his way past several defenders.

Ten minutes later, Dolan danced his way through the Clitheroe defence and once again Thompson tipped his shot round the post.

As the first half drew to a close, Drummond shot inches wide of the target and Jack Tinning blazed a shot high over the bar.

Shortly after the restart, Clitheroe caught their hosts napping, breaking down the left before Ben McKenna slipped the ball inside to Stefan Gonzales, who swept the ball past Rylands goalkeeper Graeme McCall to level the scores.

Dolan squandered a chance to restore Rylands lead in the 55th minute.

Racing into the Clitheroe area, he went down under a defender’s clumsy challenge, prompting the referee to point to the penalty spot. He then proceeded to chip his spot kick over the bar.

Dolan did, however, set up Andy Scarisbrick in the 73rd minute to score from close range.

Receiving the ball out on the left flank, he delivered a delightful cross into the Clitheroe area where it found Scarisbrick coming in at the far post to give Thompson no chance.

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Andy Scarisbrick celebrates giving Blues a short-lived lead. Pictures by Mark Percy

The lead lasted barely a minute as straight from the kick off, Clitheroe moved the ball forward down the right wing and a cross into the box was turned home by McKenna.

Rylands continued to push forward in search of a winner but it was not to be.

In a frantic finale, Ste Milne rounded the keeper but was forced too wide and his shot flew across the face of goal, a Lewis Earl cross found Dolan in space at the far post but his shot went over the bar and deep into stoppage time, a corner was only half cleared allowing Milne to shoot from the edge of the area.

His shot was well saved and the rebound fell to Joe Bunney, whose shot was also dealt with by Thompson.