A George Conway hat-trick could not prevent Tadcaster Albion dropping points for a sixth time this season in an eight-goal thriller against Albion Sports.
Albion gave up a two-goal cushion in the final 15 minutes as Alex Cusack scored a late brace for the visitors.
Billy Miller’s Brewers are now level pegging with Worksop Town at the top of the Northern Counties East League on 39 points, but having played two more fixtures.
Manager Billy Miller made two changes to the side that lost at Cleethorpes Town last Saturday with Leon Wrigglesworth coming in for the ill Gary Stevens and Conway starting for Andy Milne, who is away with work commitments for the next six weeks.
Sports forward Marcus Edwards headed the game’s first chance comfortably over on 11 minutes before Dan Clayton struck powerfully off target.
Conway gave the Brewers the lead on the 20 minute mark from a neat team move. Adam Baker stormed down the left wing and glided a pass across to Josh Greening, who pulled back for Conway to slot home.
Ten minutes later and the away side nearly levelled the match as Sam Bradley out-jumped Jason Mycoe on a corner but his looping header bounced onto the crossbar and into the hands of Leon Wrigglesworth.
With the first half nearly over, Sports were having their best spell as Cusack’s shot was well held.
With the whistle about to go, Albion Sports came the closest yet as Aran Basi’s dinked diagonal cross was flicked goal wards by Matthew Mathers but the ball agonizingly trickled to safety.
The equaliser eventually came just after the break for the visitors as Matty Dalton threaded the ball through to Edwards who’s shot just had enough venom in it to beat Wrigglesworth.
This goal sparked a crazy ten minutes which saw four goals scored.
Taddy snatched the lead back wjem George Conway bent a through ball in behind the Albion defence with the outside of his boot and Nick Black rolled across for Josh Greening to finish exquisitely.
Five minutes later, the away side were level again. Dalton spun around Dan Clayton in the box and was then adjudged to have been brought down by Matt Heath. Edwards stepped up and just managed to squirm it under Wrigglesworth for his second of the afternoon.
But the scores were not level for long as Liam Ormsby arrowed a through ball down the inside right channel to Greening who cut back onto his favoured left-foot, rode a couple of challenges and shifted it sideways to Conway. The winger steadied himself and guided it into the back of the net to give Taddy a 3-2 lead.
Albion must have thought that they had the three points in the bag when they netted their fourth of the day in the 72nd minute. The home side took a throw-in quickly near the corner flag as Nick Black got it back off Adam Baker who then gave it back to Baker who brilliantly flicked it around James Firth and fired low and hard to George Conway who slid in and netted his hat-trick.
But just as the home fans around the i2i Stadium started to think they had done enough to win the match, the pendulum swung once again as Albion Sports reduced the deficit to one.
Cusack got played in behind the Brewers’ defence and delicately flicked past Wrigglesworth to make it 4-3 and setup a nervy 13 minutes.
Sports almost equalised again when a corner was flicked onto the post by substitute Anil Singh and skipper Jamies Firth’s follow-up was bravely thwarted by Wrigglesworth.
That proved to be a precursor to Sports’ next move forward, which saw Cusack find acres of space in the Tad box to round Wrigglesworth and smash the ball home.
Adam Baker had one late chance to steal a winner for the hosts but he saw his effort deflected just wide of the mark and that was that.
Tadcaster Albion: Wrigglesworth, Armstrong, Clayton, Heath, Mycoe, Ormsby, Beadle, Baker, Greening, Conway, Black Unused Subs: Stewart, Beestin, Woodhead, Thompson, Barrett