THE drizzling rain and a heavy pitch didn’t interfere with what turned out to be a very well-contested match at Richmond Park in this First division West Lancs League encounter.
Millhill kicked off but it was Richmond who put the visitors under early pressure with good attacking play.
Murt went close while Mason hit the side-netting from an acute angle forcing concern in the away team’s rearguard.
But for all their early good play Richmond conceded on 15 minutes.
Following a silly foul to the right of the penalty area, a free-kick was lofted to the far post that went straight in leaving Richmond keeper Moore grasping fresh air. Midfielder Walker the scorer was a little fortuitous but they all count.
Chris Jones ran onto a superb through ball from winger Jimmy Hanson but the midfielder’s control let him down at the last minute with the ball hitting his shin and bouncing to Ross Dawson in the visitors goal.
It took Richmond until the 40th minute to score the equaliser.
A tremendous long ball from defender Lee Morton found Anthony Murt who out-jumped the visitors defence on the edge of the 6 yard box and he laid a ball back to captain and midfielder Lee McNabb who ghosted into space to finish a very good move leading into half time.
Richmond forced the play in the in the second period but were finding the opposition defence in defiant mood.
The opposition couldn’t, be taken for granted and a few minutes later Richmond keeper Moore played heroics saving with his legs with what looked like an open goal injuring himself in the process.
Richmond thought they could still win the game when in the closing minutes of the match they were awarded a corner kick taken by Hanson and the ball flashed across the visitors’ 6 yard box just waiting to be rammed into the Millhill net but unfortunately no one got a touch and the ball ran to safety.
Richmond to their credit went to the end and with their last attack went agonisingly close when midfielder Ian McKinty fired a vicious shot that looked goal bound but the ball took a nick off a defender and went for the corner.
Referee Edmundson blew the final whistle and Richmond had to share a well-earned draw but still moved up a place to 5th in the league.