ILKLEY Town took points once again off runaway leaders Beeston St Anthony after recording a thrilling 3-3 away draw in the West Yorkshire Association Premier Division.

Town remain the only team not to lose to St Anthony who have won an astonishing 17 of their 19 league fixtures.

In a goal-friendly game, neither Beeston nor Ilkley could take the victory in an exciting promotion encounter.

The game immediately sprung into action when Harry Brown broke the deadlock almost directly from kick-off to give the visitors an early lead.

The home side had a chance to equalise not long after the first goal when a cross swung into the box from a corner was headed over by Tom Greaves.

Tom Smith doubled Ilkley’s lead when he blasted the ball in from close range, capitalising from a deflected strike.

The away side should have sealed the three points when Brown dribbled past the opposition defence before being denied by Stevie Kerr who managed to parry the ball away from danger.

Beeston halved the deficit from the penalty spot. Dan Daly stepped up and made no mistake as his shot nestled into the bottom right corner.

However, Brown did not give in and eventually got his second goal of the game, placing the ball into the corner of the net to restore Ilkley’s two-goal cushion.

But the hosts were not going to give up their 18-match unbeaten run in the league without a fight and pegged the away side back again when they scored from a corner.

St Anthony showed why they have been so good this season when they retained their unbeaten season record by netting a late equaliser, again from a Daly penalty.

The result means Ilkley have moved up two places to second with 38 points, level with third-placed Field, while Beeston remain top of the table 15 points clear of the rest of the pack.