A 75th minute equaliser from Ethan Ebanks-Landell earned Dale a 1-1 draw away at Kidderminster Harriers.
Ethan Ebanks-Landell’s headed goal earned Dale a point on the road, cancelling out Joe Leesley’s opener for the home side.
Jimmy McNulty made three changes from last weekend’s game against FC Halifax Town at the Crown Oil Arena, as George Nevett and Kwaku Oduroh returned to the starting eleven with Max Conway making his first Dale start.
The first ten minutes of the game were evenly contested with neither side having a real chance on goal.
After 16 minutes Nevett peeled away from his man and met a Dale corner, however his effort was directed wide of the target.
A minute later and Joe Leesley opened the scoring for the home side, sweeping the ball into the back of the net following a ball from the left-hand side.
The Harriers looked to double their lead not long after, forcing Louie Moulden into a fine save as he clawed Amari Morgan-Smith’s curling effort away from the top corner of his goal.
Harvey Gilmour had Dale’s best chance of the half, his effort flashed across the face of the goal, just inches wide of the post.
Both sides had chances leading towards half-time with Kairo Mitchell’s looping effort being the best of the bunch, his effort sent Christian Dibble back peddling, but he rose to hold the ball.
Shortly after the restart, Moulden was called into action again, this time getting down low to keep out Caleb Richards’ shot.
Conway sent a dangerous ball across the face of the goal moments later, but nobody was able to get a touch onto the ball to turn it home.
Gilmour’s clipped ball towards the far post was met by Cameron John, who fired narrowly wide, hitting the side netting.
Later in the game, Jimmy Keohane beat his man to the byline before winning a corner for Dale only minutes after his introduction off the bench.
Ebanks-Landell met the following corner, however, his effort was held by the Harriers shot-stopper.
Tyrese Sinclair was next to test the Kidderminster ‘keeper, forcing him into action as he pushed the Dale forward’s effort around the upright.
The resulting corner was met by Ebanks-Landell again, this time the Dale skipper sent his header into the top corner to put Dale level.
Jesurun Uchegbulam, who featured for the first time since Dale’s game away at Woking, following an injury, was introduced off the bench and looked to make an impact.
The winger challenged a Kidderminster defender at the back post, looking to meet Keohane’s cross, however, it was defended well and turned behind for a corner which was dealt with by the Kidderminster defence.
Ian Henderson looked to make a late impact as he replaced Gilmour in the 86th minute. Dale’s all-time leading goalscorer saw an effort held well by Dibble as the clock reached 90 minutes.
Into added time and Dale were looking for a winner. Uchegbulam sent a powerful effort towards the goal from the right-hand side, forcing the Harriers ‘keeper into action.
The home side had a chance of their own in the fourth minute of additional time as Kieran Phillips looked to be in on goal, thanks to a last-ditch challenge from John to deny the forward.
Dale did get the ball in the back of the net before the full-time whistle but it was ruled out for offside. Ebanks-Landell directed a header from a Dale free-kick into the path of Henderson, who slotted home before the linesman’s flag rose to deny him of his 140th Dale goal and to deny Dale of going ahead with only two minutes of additional time left to play.
Despite Dale’s late efforts, the points were shared on what was an extremely warm day at Aggborough.
Dale XI Moulden, Oduroh (69’ Keohane), Ebanks-Landell, Nevett, John, Clayton, East, Sinclair, Conway (69’ Uchegbulam), Gilmour (86’ Henderson), Mitchell.
Unused subs | Taylor, Ferguson.