HANWOOD squandered a golden opportunity to reclaim top spot on the Pascoe Cup ladder after letting a two goal lead slip against premiership rivals Lake Albert in Griffith on Sunday.
Entering the match two points behind the Sharks after their unbeaten run ended with consecutive losses, a first half goal from a free kick to Danny Johnson, then another directly off a corner from Brad Clark soon after the break, put the hosts in command.
But a penalty from Kane Baumer 20 minutes into the second half put Lake Albert back into the contest before Cam Mavor poked home a cross from a free kick with 15 minutes to steal a draw.
Both teams now enter next week's bye with everything to play for in the race for top spot, with Henwood Park also nipping at their heels.
"The first 60 minutes or so we played pretty well and were in control of the game I thought, then we went back to the old ways of the last two weeks and got into some sloppy habits," Hanwood coach Anthony Agresta said.
"We turned the ball over a lot and invited them back into the game. It's a bit disappointing, it's been a tough month or so."
Lake Albert coach Mitch Tinnock was pleased to return from the road trip still in possession of top spot.
"Going down 2-0 is pretty difficult, especially there," Tinnock said.
"It was probably a fair reflection, the first half we were a bit lacklustre but in the second half we ramped it up a bit.
It's the second 2-all draw the sides have played after the corresponding clash at Rawlings Park this year ended in the same result.