HEREFORD Pegasus Ladies need Midwest Counties League rivals Redditch Borough to drop points after the in-form sides played out a 1-1 draw.

The visitors made the journey to Worcestershire knowing that they needed all three points to gain the impetus in the title race with only two weeks of the season remaining.

Both goals, in what was a tense and competitive encounter, arrived within the opening 10 minutes of the match.

The hosts opened the scoring after six minutes when the ball was squeezed through the Pegasus defence following a Borough thrown-in before Leanne Foyle neatly finished past goalkeeper Livvy Jenkins from close range.

However, Pegasus were back on level terms within two minutes when Ellie Williams' 35 yard free-kick was parried by the home goalkeeper and Emily Lewis was on hand to force the loose ball over the line.

Jenkins had to be alert to turn a 25-yard effort shot over the crossbar in the 16th minute before Pegasus captain Emily Morgan also went close.

Lewis was then unable to keep her effort on target following a 26th minute free-kick played into the hosts' penalty area that was not dealt with by the home defence. 

At the opposite end Redditch Borough went close with an effort from the edge of the penalty area nine minutes later, before the home custodian made a brave save in the 39th minute to deny Morgan when through on goal.

Pegasus then carved out two good opportunities in first half stoppage time when Amy Bradley lifted a close-range effort over the crossbar before Scarlette Teague headed wide of the far post from a corner.

The second half lacked the same goal scoring opportunities for both teams not helped by an uneven playing surface.

The title rivals would both have to settle for a point apiece and the status quo remained in the title race as Pegasus travel to Wyre Forest Phoenix in their penultimate fixture on Sunday.