UniBond League Premier Division FC UNITED 3 MATLOCK TOWN 3
Matlock Town shared six goals and the points in a 3-3 draw against FC United of Manchester on Saturday.
And they were left feeling somewhat disappointed at not opening the campaign with a victory having led twice in front of 2,344 at Bury FC's Gigg Lane stadium.
Ross Hannah put the visitors in front with his debut league goal for the Gladiators on eight minutes but by the 20th minute Matlock were 2-1 down after Kyle Wilson netted twice on 17 and 20 minutes, the first from the penalty spot.
Hannah equalised on 40 minutes to send the teams in level at half time and when Dene Cropper put Matlock back ahead at 3-2 on 69 minutes things looked good for all three points but they were pegged back by an 89th minute leveller from United's Chris Bagguley.
Matlock Town's first home game is on Tuesday (Aug 19) when they host Bradford Park Avenue (7.45pm).