Lower Breck manager Gary Moore was left disappointed that they couldn’t see of AFC Liverpool as they were made to rue a late miss.
Sean Miller spectacularly gave Breck the lead with a long-distance volley but were pegged back after Jesse Dowling’s cross-cum-shot looped into the far corner.
Jamie Menagh restored their lead from the spot after Ryan Beigan was fouled but Anthony Lyons ensured AFC earned a point with a glancing header.
It was a stark improvement from the drubbing they received prior to the Christmas break as Northwich Victoria dismantled Moore’s side.
He told Off The Park: “Slightly disappointed we didn’t win it, in the same breath did we do enough to? I don’t think we did. We had a glorious chance at the end, we had the chance to win the game but Ste’s [Milne] missed it.
“It was one of them games both teams didn’t do enough but spectators enjoyed it, it was a good game but not too many great chances for either side. We seen Sean Miller’s worldy and that was enough for the game, just to see that. Slightly disappointed but we didn’t do enough.
“On the balance yeah, we were the far better side first half but second half they came out a lot better, brighter and we came out flat which is something that we tend to do a lot of. The typical shout of a game of two halves, I don’t think there was much chances in the second half but as I say they came out better than us, probably is a fair result.
Any performance was going to be better than the Vics game but the lads attitude, they didn’t need telling. First half especially you could see the fight, they knew they had to be up for it because AFC are a good side.
Good, strong side, committed, you know what you’re going to get out of them they’ve got as good attacking options in the league on their day, they’ve got great players and they’re a side that’s together so if you’re not on it, you’re going to be up for a hiding, another one.
“Not good, we weren’t happy with them. The first one it’s a cross-cum-shot, you’ve got to put it in the area and if you do who knows, it’s sailed over Josh and I know he was disappointed to be beaten by it, at the end of the day it’s a good hit, it’s on target and sailed in.
“Second one we’re disappointed, it’s our throw-in, we’ve gone feet and back and through it up the line – maybe a bit of naivety. They’ve got a corner from it and it’s a glancing front post header, one of those, they could fire that ball over 10 times and they’re probably only going to score from it once and they scored that’s it.
“One of the best [goals] I’ve seen. Just a great hit, I don’t think the footage does it justice because where we was it seemed like he cut across it and the bend over the ‘keeper. I don’t know how many he’s hit like that, be hard-pressed to find one but it was just a great strike.”
Moore addressed claims that Breck’s penalty was ‘soft’ but joked he would take it every week if it was offered.
“I thought it was soft, referee was adamant it was a pen and he’s a good referee, he’s fair, he lets a lot go. I thought it was a soft one, I haven’t watched it back but a few have said it was hands in the back and stuff like that but from my point of view I thought it was soft but I’ll take it.”
Ahead of the visit of Wythenshawe Town, Moore added: “Good side, good players, I don’t know how many players he’s had this year must be about 200 he keeps turning them over. They’re a good side, we were 2-0 up at their place and got beat so we’ve got a point to prove. They play good football, got quality all over but it’ll be good.”