Salford City Reds clawed themselves a draw as Jodie Broughton’s late try salvaged a point against Bradford Bulls on Friday.
The winger’s try rescued the hosts who looked doomed to a sixth straight Super League defeat with only minutes left on the clock.
The point leaves the Reds in 10th place in the league ladder on the outside of the playoff places looking in.
Reds started the brighter with prop Adam Sidlow bulldozing his way over the Bulls’ line to register his first try in almost a year.
However, the Yorkshiremen responded well and went close to replying through Jamie Langley and Bryn Hargreaves before giant winger Karl Pryce powered over in the 32nd minute to restore parity for the visitors.
And just before the interval Pryce grabbed his second when he collected Luke Gale’s looped pass to give Bradford the lead at the break.
After a less than auspicious start to the half when centre Sean Gleeson spilled the ball straight from the kickoff, Salford rallied with standoff Daniel Holdsworth playing a telling role in putting winger Danny Williams into the corner.
But the Bulls hit back once more with Pryce completing his hat-trick after collecting a fortunate Ben Jeffries kick.
The match opened up and Salford responded again as Gleeson’s clever flick pass put Williams in for his second of the night.
And it was the Bulls who seemed to have struck the final telling blow with substitute Tom Burgess’s controversial try.
Winger Shaun Ainscough seemed for all money to be offside when collecting Jeffries’ kick but referee Richard Silverwood allowed the try much to the home side’s dismay.
But the hosts summoned all of their character to react with Broughton’s last-gasp score grabbing a share of the spoils.
Head coach Phil Veivers was furious at the decision to allow the Bulls’ final try.
“To say it was offside is the biggest understatement of the year. The players say the touch judge called offside and the ref didn't give it, which makes one wonder. I thought we were playing Aussie rules at one spell.
“Conditions didn't help either side with persistent rain and a gale-force wind. Our completion rate was 82% in the first half but then we made two errors which led to tries.
“We got in an arm wrestle in the second half but Luke Patten did well after taking a knock on the ankle early on, He carried the ball strongly from the back and Danny Williams took his tries well.”
The Reds will look to get back to winning ways next week as they face the second-placed Huddersfield Giants at the annual Magic Weekend at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.