Lowestoft Town 2 Stockport County 2 – Shaun Bammant the late hero for Trawlerboys
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Shaun Bammant was literally head and shoulders above the rest as he helped Lowestoft Town recover from a nightmare start to hold promotion chasing Stockport County to a 2-2 draw at Crown Meadow.
The 6ft 3ins former Dereham Town striker bagged his first league goal since November 2014, having looked more lively and making more of an impact after coming off the bench than Danny Crow and Jake Reed had all afternoon, as he continued to put pressure on the under-performing Blues front two.
Lowestoft went into the game looking to build much needed momentum after a narrow 1-0 victory at Gloucester the previous weekend but got off to the worst possible start when they fell behind after just three minutes.
A mistake from Jack Ainsley gifted former Barnsley and Scunthorpe centre-forward Kayode Odejayi possession on the edge of the penalty area, who played in Jake Kirby and the on-loan Tranmere Rovers striker slotted home from a testing angle.
The visitors' only wobble during a dominant first 30 minutes was self inflicted, when a gentle Dale Tonge back-header almost sent Danny Hurst the wrong way, in the County net, but the stopper recovered to catch the ball just before Reed arrived.
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The visitors suffered a setback 10 minutes before the break when Joe Garvin was forced off through injury and with no like or like replacement on the bench Lamin Colley came on, forcing a tactical change for the Hatters.
The change left Neil Young's side looking disjointed and things soon started to look up for the Trawlerboys, with Hurst deflecting Reed's shot behind after 37 minutes after a great through ball by Dean Mason, when Reed should have done better.
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The Blues thought they should have a penalty on 40 minutes when Colley looked to block the ball with his hand but referee Lee Betts waved play on, much to the hosts' frustration.
Just before the break, Reed was back in behind the visitors' back four again but this time he fired high and wide from the edge of the penalty area, from an opportunity where he should have at least made the keeper work.
Lowestoft picked up where they left off after the break, enjoying the majority of the ball in promising positions but struggled to do anything meaningful with it.
Despite their positive recovery, Lowestoft had a mountain to climb eight minutes into the second half, when Stockport doubled their lead.
Micah Evans flicked the ball past Harry Barker inside the Blues half, before an exceptional run down the right flank. Despite chances to stop the move Lowestoft failed to do so and Evans squared the ball to Wade Joyce on the edge of the penalty area, who fired past Ben Killip.
Colley almost sealed the victory just minutes later, but a good diving save from on-loan Norwich City keeper Killip ensured the visitors couldn't make it two goals in as many minutes.
Lowestoft struggled to react and despite County looking the more likely to bag the third goal of the game, it was gifted to Ady Gallagher's side 15 minutes from time.
Danny Crow curled a free-kick towards the far post, which looked easy for Stockport keeper Hurst to deal with but the stopper spilt the ball at the feet of Mason who fired home to give Lowestoft hope.
Immediately after his embarrassing error, Hurst's afternoon came to an end as he was replaced by Ian Ormson, who had to keep out long-range efforts from Barker and Mason in quick succession.
Substitute Bammant led a spirited Lowestoft fightback and when Stockport failed to clear a corner in the 96th minute, the striker arrived right on cue to slot the ball into the back of the County net, as the Blues salvaged a point after a much improved last 10 minutes.