STRATFORD HC Men’s firsts recovered from a 2-0 deficit to secure a battling point at Chesterfield to boost their MRHA Midlands Two promotion challenge.
Chesterfield have an impressive home record and took early control to net twice.
But stand-in captain Alex Byrd and Paul Drake dragged the visitors level and th result left Stratford in joint-second place, level on points with Boots.
There were mixed fortunes for the other Stratford teams.
The 2nds lost 6-2 at home to unbeaten West Midlands Premier leaders Harborne, after a demonstration in finishing.
Calvin Dalais and David Coache scored for the hosts.
The 3rds were beaten 6-4 by Wednesbury and the 4ths suffered an even heavier defeat, going down 7-1 against Wednesbury.
The 5ths, however, halted a four-match losing run with an emphatic 3-0 win against Sutton Coldfield.
More in tomorrow’s Herald.