Jordan Rhodes' 20th goal of the season was only good enough to give Town a draw against promotion rivals Charlton Athletic this afternoon after winger Kyel Reid scored a stunning equaliser for the Addicks.
A typical run across the front of the defender, which is becoming a trademark of the 20-year old striker, preceded a great header that gave the Terriers an early second-half lead but Reid powered an unstoppable volley past Alex Smithies minutes later to ensure a share of the spoils.
A lively atmosphere greeted both teams as they entered on to the field of play, the early exchanges were fairly cautious with neither side having any quality possession of the ball.
The first incident of the game was a clash of heads between big Neal Trotman and new Charlton signing Nicky Forster. Both players recovered following a few minutes down on the turf. A few minutes later Theo Robinson nearly broke the Charlton backline, however, the linesman deemed him offside.
The tenth minute brought with it the first corner of the game, the Addicks left back Gary Borrowdale stood over the ball and swung a brilliant ball across the face of Town's goal. Luckily for Town, no Charlton player good get on the end of it and the ball went out aimlessly for a goal kick.
Town very nearly scored the opening goal of the game in the 21st minute with some brilliant passing play between Robinson, and Danny Drinkwater. The latter switched the ball accurately out wide to winger Gary Roberts whose slide rule pass found Lee Peltier with a chance to cross. Unluckily for Town his fierce some cross was well defended by Charlton's centre halve pairing.
Town won a dangerous free kick near Charlton's left corner only a few minutes later. The ball was delivered superbly by Drinkwater who found Michael Collins spare near Charlton's penalty spot. However, his shot was blocked well by former Reading defender Sam Sodje - the resulting corner was cleared well by Charlton's defence.
As the game entered the half way point of the first half it was Town who took the initiative, at the times the Charlton defence looked incapable of stopping the marauding Town attackers.
BOOKING - The first booking of the game was awarded to the Terriers right-back Lee Peltier in the 28th minute. Referee Singh handed Peltier the yellow card following a strong tackle on the Addicks midfielder Therry Racon.
Charlton's first attempt on goal come in the 32nd minute, a good break involving winger Scott Wagstaff found Charlton on the edge of Towns penalty area. Unfortunately for the Addicks, the cross from Wagstaff was headed high over Smithies bar by the former Brighton striker Forster.
A few minutes later good pressure from Charlton resulted in their second corner of the game; once again Borrowdale stood over the ball and hit another testing ball across the face of Town's goal. However, good defending from Trotman cleared any danger from Town's penalty area.
BOOKING - Charlton received their first booking of the game when Christian Dailly wrestled the lively Town striker Robinson to the ground.
Town went close to scoring in the 42nd minute following a brilliant free kick from Pilkington. A good deep ball to the back stick found Captain Peter Clarke, his nod down landed on the head of Trotman whose attempted shot hit the top of the bar and went out for a dead ball.
BOOKING - Mr Singh handed Charlton their second yellow card in a matter a minutes following a rash challenge from central midfielder Jose Semedo. The consequential free kick found its way to Town's winger Pilkington who could only manage to fire the ball over the bar.
A brilliant break thanks to the excellent Theo Robinson in the dying minutes of the first half almost broke down the Charlton defence. A stunning long range through ball from the striker found the feet of the on rushing Drinkwater. To Charlton's credit they got back in numbers and managed to clear the midfielders cross out for a corner.
HALF TIME - TOWN 0 CHARLTON 0
Charlton kicked off the half attacking their away following and immediately the game fell into a similar fashion to the first half where neither side could gain good possession of the ball.
Charlton started the second half the better of both teams and won their second corner of the 45 in the 52nd minute. A good deep ball from Richardson was met well by the towering figure of Trotman who cleared the ball to safety.
GOAL - Town finally made the breakthrough in the 53rd minute, a brilliant break down the right by Town's Gary Roberts was followed by an excellently measured cross from the winger. His well aimed delivery found the head of Jordan Rhodes who made no mistake in heading the ball past a stationary Darren Randolph.
GOAL - Charlton struck back immediately through a brilliant strike from midfielder Kyel Reid, Town's defence half cleared a Charlton long throw in, which landed perfectly for the midfielder to hit a stunning strike leaving Smithies with no chance.
After a flurry of half chances and miss hit shots Charlton won a dangerous free kick in the 63rd minute down in the right corner of Town's half. Goal scorer Kyel Reid stood over the ball but wasted the opportunity by over hitting the ball which went out aimlessly for a dead ball.
Town wasted an excellent chance to test Charlton's goalkeeper in the 68th minute. Some brilliant interplay between Town's midfield released Pilkington down the Terriers right flank. With three men waiting in Charlton's penalty area ready to pounce, Pilkington failed to find any of them by hitting his ball way over them and out for a dead ball.
More good pressure from Town as the game ended the final 20 minutes resulted in their first corner of the half. A Rhodes shot was well blocked by the Scottish centre half Dailly, the consequential corner was well contested by Town but unfortunately they could not convert Pilkington's delivery.
SUB - In the 82nd minute Charlton made the first sub of the game, left-back Gary Borrowdale was replaced by Chris Solly.
As the game entered the final ten minutes it was finely poised, with neither side having a strong grip on the game. Town were constantly pegging back the Addicks back line but were then been counter attacked by the pacey Charlton attack.
SUB - Phil Parkinson made his second sub in the 85th minute, the Addicks striker Nicky Forster was replaced by number 33 Akpo Sodje.
Town's pressure almost told in the 88th minute, a Pilkington free kick found its way to the unmarked Michael Collins at the back stick. His powerful left footed shot made keeper Randolph make his first save of the game. Luckily for Charlton there were no Town attackers ready to knock in the rebound and his save was cleared to safety.
Town's Team (4-4-2):
Alex Smithies; Dean Heffernan, Peter Clarke (c), Neal Trotman, Lee Peltier; Gary Roberts, Danny Drinkwater, Michael Collins, Anthony Pilkington; Jordan Rhodes, Theo Robinson
Unused Subs: Simon Eastwood, Nathan Clarke, Tom Clarke, Robbie Williams, James Berrett, Krystian Pearce, Jack Hunt