MAT Liddiard’s late strike rescued a point for Swindon Supermarine tonight against Evo-Stik South Premier Division South leaders Taunton Town.

Play-off hopes remain alive for Lee Spalding’s side following the draw, which will be considered deserved by the Marine faithful after what proved to be an end-to-end game.

The result has lifted Marine into 10th above Wimborne, who on Tuesday night lost 3-0 away to Hartley Wintney.

A series of half chances were presented to both teams in the game’s opening exchanges, Stuart Fleetwood saw an early shot blocked while Liddiard couldn’t quite get on the end of a dangerous delivery from a free-kick.

Goalkeeper Martin Horsell was called upon for the first time with 19 minutes played when Ryan Brett’s thunderous strike from outside the area was tipped wide for a corner – from which Marine cleared their lines.

Jamie Edge then headed Henry Spalding’s corner over before Conor McDonagh was denied a goal when Taunton stopper Lloyd Irish made himself big to deny Marine’s proven goalscorer.

Taunton then struck the post as Matt Wright’s header rebounded off the woodwork – the last meaningful chance of the half.

Bizarrely, half-time signalled a change in referee – with Scott Jackson taking charge of proceedings.

With 53 minutes played, Fleetwood had an effort cleared off the line. The hosts took advantage from there as Andrew Neal converted from close range, putting Taunton a goal ahead.

A 20-minute lull followed, before Fleetwood dragged his left-footed shot wide of goal with 17 minutes of regular time remaining.

But, with three minutes remaining, a free-kick into the box was met by Mat Liddiard – who needed no second invitation to level the game.

Taunton had a chance to snatch a late winner, but Horsell pulled off a fine save to secure Marine a deserved league point away from home.