A STOPPAGE-time equaliser from substitute Kieran Comiskey helped leaders Prestwich FC salvage a 1-1 draw at home to second-placed Roach Dynamos.

The result left the Lancashire Amateur League Division One title race in the balance, with Roach remaining 12 points behind but with five games in hand.

Third-placed Rossendale, who are also 12 points behind but only have four games in hand, are also not out of it, but their chances were dealt a blow after they lost 1-0 at Bolton Wyresdale.

While Prestwich missed out on the chance to seize control of the title race, the point will have felt more like a victory for Mike Kosub's men after they had seemingly been thwarted by a resolute Roach display.

The visitors went into the game with just one defeat and 12 victories from their 15 games played, and looked set to improve on those statistics when they capitalised on indecision in the Prestwich defence following a corner to take the lead in the 12 minute.

Their unmarked striker pounced on the loose ball three yards out to force it home with keeper Mike Hudson rooted to his line.

Roach outmuscled Prestwich in the opening stages and the situation was made even more precarious by the loss of centre-half Paul Taylor through injury, although that was balanced out when the visitors' goalscorer also limped off.

Taylor's departure, however, allowed Comiskey to enter the fray, and goal-scoring substitute put in a fine overall performance.

Prestwich slowly clawed their way back into the game.

Steve Murty's jinking run into the box opened up a shooting opportunity but he shot tamely at the keeper.

Sean Haslam then created a gilt-edged chance with a square pass for Mike Neary, but he inexplicably pulled his shot wide from two yards.

More chances came and went before and after the break.

Martin Hill made some purposeful runs at the Roach back-line but often chose an unselfish pass when a shot at goal looked on.

Roach retreated but still carried a threat on the break, with Hudson called upon to tip a stinging shot over the bar.

At the other end, Haslam was unlucky with a great turn and shot from the edge of the box, David Prieto fired over and Pete Gallagher sent a low pass fizzing across goal that was just begging for any sort of connection.

But just as it looked like Roach had done enough to claim a valuable three points, a straight ball into the box was neatly flicked on by Haslam and Comiskey volleyed it home from 12 yards to trigger wild celebrations on the touchline.