Colney Heath came from behind to draw 1-1 against London Tigers in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division on Saturday.

A late Shaun Murphy goal levelled the contest after a freak goal from Sebastian Philogene had put the visitors ahead in the first half, while the Tigers also missed a chance to go two up from the penalty spot.

The visitors went ahead on 40 minutes when Philogene’s long-range effort deflected off a rogue piece of turf in front of Tom Blackman and bobbled up over the goalkeeper and into the net.

Heath almost hit back either side of the interval, first through Jack Woods, but his effort glanced over the bar just before half-time, before Chris Blunden hit the woodwork shortly after the break.

Midway through the second half the Tigers had the perfect chance to double their advantage when Danny May handled the ball on the line during a goalmouth scramble.

Ibrahima Diawara stepped up to take the spot kick, but his effort struck the underside of the crossbar and rebounded back out before it was hacked away by a grateful Magpies’ defence.

Colney Heath were buoyed by the miss and saw an opportunity to get back into the game.

First a Woods free kick saw Blunden slip Murphy in for a shot on goal, but his strike was blocked by Alieu Kamara.

The Magpies then had the ball in the net following a Dan Fitzgerald free-kick.

His delivery into the box caused a melee from which Colney Heath thought they had scored an equaliser, but they were denied by the referee’s whistle.

It seemed as if the game might slip away from the home side until the very last minute when Woods whipped in a cross from the right and Murphy guided the ball in to the back of the net with a well-placed header past Yves Von Daniken to earn the Magpies a hard-earned point.