A LAST-gasp leveller from Carl Wilson-Dennis denied Wealdstone three precious promotion points at home to fellow play-off chasers Kingstonian on Saturday.
Playing their fourth game in eight days, the visibly tiring Stones were holding on to a 2-1 lead in the final minute when Ks substitute Dean Lodge crossed from the left for the giant striker to chest down and volley passed a helpless Sean Thomas into the far corner.
It was a real heartbreaker for Gordon Bartlett’s men who had been two up in a little over four minutes, but were made to pay for passing up two great chances to take a 3-1 lead early in the second half.
Keiron Forbes returned to action for the first time since breaking his kneecap in the FA Trophy at Farnborough in November, and Matthew McClure – a work experience signing from Wycombe Wanderers made his debut up front as Bartlett made six changes to his starting 11 from Thursdays League Cup win at Sittingbourne.
The new-look side made a dream start when Mark E’Bayer sent the impressive Danny Spendlove racing clear to slide his shot under Ks’ keeper Rob Tolfrey with less than three minutes played.
And the visitors were still reeling when less than two minutes later Chris O’Leary gave marker Francis Duku the slip to head home Ryan Ashe’s corner.
However, the two-goal cushion lasted less than a minute before Wilson-Denis bagged the first of his double as he rifled a shot beyond Thomas.
The early drama wasn’t over as Tolfrey brilliantly kept out a header from one of his own defenders, before tipping over Marvin McCoy’s volley from the resulting corner.
Yet Ks would have been level inside 10 minutes but for Wilson-Denis’ shot being cleared off the line.
Stones emerged the stronger side again after the break, Spendlove fizzing in a magnificent cross just beyond the reach of Callum Martin.
However, the one blot on the winger’s otherwise excellent display came on 51 minutes set up by Martin’s excellent run and pass which left Tolfrey stranded, he fired wide with the goal gaping.
Then it was Martin’s turn to spurn a golden chance as he turned his marker to race clear only to fire his shot too close to the advancing Tolfrey.
These proved expensive misses as Bobby Traynor twice went close after food work down the left from Christian Jolly, before Wilson-Denis snatched a point to leave stones still sixth, one place shy of the play-off spots.