Bostik North: Haringey Borough 1 Grays 1
PUBLISHED: 08:23 21 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:23 21 January 2018
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Haringey had to settle for a share of the spoils after Ade Cole's stunning equaliser for Grays.
The visitors went closest in a low-key opening spell when Barry Cogan’s corner was cleared to captain Stan Muguo, whose effort was touched onto a post by Austin Byfield.
Borough rallied, with Michael Ademiluyi proving a handful for 16-year-old Callum Thompson, and Anthony McDonald tested Charlie Burns with a header, befoore the visiting keeper also made a smart save from Ademiluyi.
Grays saw Cole release Kieran Bishop, but his shot was deflected behind, and Richard Halle put Cogan’s corner over the crossbar.
Joe Bruce headed over and Jamie Slabber was similarly off-target, before Byfield turned Halle’s header behind.
Having survived that spell, Borough took the lead just before the break when McDonald was given space out wide to send in a low cross and Derek Asamoah got in front of Thompson to beat Burns.
And the hosts could have doubled their lead after the restart, but Ademiluyi fired a free-kick wide.
Bishop shot into the side netting for Grays, while Cole had a header blocked from a James Folkes cross and Halle fired a free-kick into the wall, after Bishop was fouled.
But it was all square with 16 minutes remaining when Grays moved the ball around patiently and it reached Cole, who struck a superb 35-yard effort into the top corner past Byfield.
Haringey looked to regain the initiative, flashing a dangerous ball across the box and forcing several corners.
But Folkes went close for Grays, before Joe Staunton blasted high and wide for Haringey with the goal at his mercy and Burns denied substitute Harrison Georgiou as it ended honours even.
Haringey are back in action at Coles Park on Monday, when promotion rivals Potters Bar Town, who occupy the final play-off place above them on goal difference, are the visitors.
Haringey: Byfield, Olufemi, O’Donoghue, Sherif, Mitchell, Rowe, Yiga (Georgiou), Staunton, Asamoah (Richards), Ademiluyi, McDonald. Unused subs: Jackson, Kay, Hervel.