DOG Inn dropped their first league points since October in this hotly-contested affair at Wilson’s.
Missing a number of key players, the league champions were finishing a tense first half strongly when they conceded a controversial goal on the stroke of half-time.
A mis-hit Harwood free kick was played back into the box and, despite an obvious looking off-side, a close-range finish gave the Hyndburn side the lead.
Dog rallied after the break, with Pete Fletcher coming off the bench to make a welcome return to action.
He levelled matters from the penalty spot midway through the second period, after Jamie Enefer was unceremoniously dumped on the ground.
Harwood were then awarded a penalty of their own after an attacker went to ground, but the penalty was blasted high over Joe Hudson’s goal.
Dog pressed forward in an effort to win the game, with Fletcher, Enefer and Oli Steele all going close, but the Whalley side failed to land the killer blow.
Dog’s Dane Meyler, outstanding in central defence, was man of the match.
Dog manager Simon Kerins was frustrated as his side missed out on a seventh-successive league win: “It was a very tense game, so any decisions around off-sides and penalties are bound to have more of an effect on the outcome.
“We were neither at full strength nor at our best and a number of the players on the field were injured and genuinely struggled to last the game.
“For all that, we could and should have won the match.”
The match between Dog’s title rivals Church Town and Black Bull was abandoned in the first half following a mass brawl.
Final Score: Dog Inn 1, Gt Harwood Rovers 1