CIRENCESTER Town twice came from behind as they earned a point with Leighton Town on Saturday.

With both sides still clinging on to hope of making the play-offs, it felt like a must win for both at the weekend but they had to settle for a point a piece in what was an entertaining contest at The Talent Hire Stadium.

It was a thrilling opening 45 minutes. Louie Barrett managed to pinch the ball off a defender at the back post and fire home to give Leighton the opener after 18 minutes.

But their lead did not last long as Messenger charged forward and thumped a fierce left-footed shot into the bottom corner.

The goals were coming thick and fast and the visitors retook the lead when another cross into the Cirencester box was pounced on by a Leighton attacker, Albie Hall heading past Stuart Nelson to make it 2-1 inside the first half-an-hour.

Back came the home team and Joe Turley volleyed just wide before they equalised once again.

And it was some goal, too. Nick Peare delivered a precise cross-field pass to Luca Robinson who galloped down the right flank before delivering a superb cross for the incoming Harry Burns to acrobatically head home at the back post.

The second-half was equally as thrilling as the first, even if there were to be no more goals.

Shortly after the hour mark, Cirencester had a strong shout for handball as visiting keeper Xavier Leon left his box to clear the danger with what looked to be his arm, but referee Luke Bowles declared the contact had been with his shoulder.

Leon then saved a powerful long-range effort from Burns and substitute Aidan Bennett curled just wide in the final 10 minutes as Cirencester pushed for a winner.

The last chance also fell to the hosts with Charlie Johnson heading wide from a corner, but that was it for the game and it ended all-square.