SALISBURY Hockey Ladies twice let the lead slip against fellow promotion-contenders Swindon on Saturday.

Lilly Jackson and Anike Drage both put the Lower Bemerton outfit into the lead in either half but Swindon, who are second in West Clubs Women's Premier Division 2A, hit back to earn a point in a 2-2 draw which could prove crucial in their push for the title.

Salisbury opened play with a strong start pushing high and pressuring the Swindon defence.

With some excellent ball movement, the Salisbury side were solid regardless of missing a few regular squad members.

Despite a few squandered chances, in-form 17-year-old Jackson pounced on a deflected shot and put away the rebound.

Swindon quickly hit back with an equaliser from a well-placed short corner.

The second half saw both teams digging in for the win and it was the hosts who restored their lead thanks to Drage, who picked the ball up in midfield before providing a strong strike into the net.

Nonetheless, Swindon found a leveller to share the spoils.