CHRIS Gummery’s last gasp header gave Highgate a share of the spoils against high-flying Barwell.
The championship favourites, who are unbeaten at Kirkby Road this season, looked to be heading to another win on home soil before Gummery buried a thumping header past goalkeeper Liam Castle.
The point put a severe dent in the hosts’ title challenge but moved Highgate another point closer to guaranteeing Midland Alliance football next season.
Manager Peter Frain handed starting berths to Craig Gaziewski, Stefan Abonandi, Chris Corrigan and returning striker Luke Keen.
The first half exchanges belonged to the hosts and with Highgate under the cosh for long periods, the visitors were fortunate to go in at the break just a goal behind, scored through Kevin Charley’s 13th minute header.
Keeper Perry Cox and stopper Steve Darlington were outstanding throughout but it was Highgate who were pressing for the equaliser after the re-start.
Keen was thwarted by Castle and both Abonandi and Dave Timmins went close with 15-yard efforts.
Jamie Stockton had a good effort blocked in the box but the late surge was finally rewarded when Gummery headed in Liam O’Shea’s cross.
Highgate followed up their success with a 2-0 win over Friar Lane & Epworth with the goals coming from Steve Darlington and Tom Gittings.
Frain’s men take on fifth placed Shifnal at Tythe Barn Lane on Saturday.