Todmorden Borough head into Lancashire Cup action on Saturday boosted by having ended a five-match losing streak.
Borough make the relatively short trip to play Sacred Heart at Rochdale (2.0) with a 2-2 home draw against third-placed Whinney Hill in the West Lancashire League under their belts.
Tod have shown few signs of last season’s best form in recent weeks and there was more of the same in the first half last Saturday.
They turned round 2-0 down to a penalty conceded by ‘keeper Lee McGrath and a second goal following a corner after half an hour.
Daniel Lively missed with a free header and Lee Earnshaw failed to convert an easy chance but Borough’s spark was still missing.
However, the home side played much better in the second half and were boosted by a goal 10 minutes in from Oliver Wood after centre half Harry Whitehead had headed on a long throw.
That proved just the tonic Borough needed and they pushed back Hill, who were still a threat on the break.
The equaliser came with 15 minutes left and was a fine individual effort from Dean Farry, who broke down the left, cut inside and got the ball onto his left foot before finding the corner of the net.
Further pressure failed to produce a winner but the second half performance raised morale ahead of what is likely to be a tough cup test against a Sacred Heart side who have won four out of four this season.
WOODHOUSE United’s storming comeback away to Highfield in a Rochdale Sunday League clash was to no avail as Marc Walters’ side lost 4-3.
The damage was done in the first half hour as Highfield, hotly tipped for honours this season, stormed into a 4-0 lead.
Woodhouse showed plenty of character to eat into the deficit with goals from Stu Parnell, Tez Lowe and Joe Whitham and they might well have won but for the heroics of the home ‘keeper.
United remain top of Division One in what looks a wide open section and have a golden chance to get back to winning ways at home to FC Players, who have lost their opening four matches and let in 26 goals.