BURLEY Trojans, looking to pick up some form in the Harrogate League and break away from the bottom three, drew 2-2 at Hampsthwaite on Saturday.

Burley kicked off on Hampsthwaite's 3G pitch and very quickly set the tempo, dominating possession and playing some lovely one touch football out from the back with Danny Bott and Danny Bryan controlling play in the middle of the park.

Several early chances fell to Pad Bibby but he was frustrated by the keeper while Luke Bott and Red Bolton caused the Hampsthwaite problems but found a solid defence in their way.

After dominating for 30 minutes, it was the home side who struck first, a rare lapse in concentration from Simon Walker seeing the Hampsthwaite keeper's long kick bounce over him for their striker to run in to nod home past Chris Wheeler who had rushed out of goal to meet the ball.

At half-time, manager Tom Higman remained calm knowing that Burley were playing well and he sent the lads back out to carry on their dominance but charged with making their chances count.

Again after much persistence and Luke Bott hitting the post, it was a repeat of the first half and Hampsthwaite doubled their lead from a corner, headed in by their centre-back who rose highest at the back post.

Trojans did not let their heads drop and the comeback was on when a slick move in midfield saw a defence-splitting ball played by Danny Bott to Bryan, who pulled the ball back for Bolton to slot calmly home.

Burley continued to push for an equaliser, which finally came with half an hour to go after another nice move saw Bibby rewarded for his hard work when he was put one-on-one with the keeper and finished well to set up a great finale.

With 20 minutes to go, Higman made his first change bringing long-term injury victim Ben Garnham on to replace Bolton and give Burley some extra firepower and skill up front.

After several chances to win the game it was not to be and the points were shared.

Trojans entertain Beckwithshaw Saints this Saturday.