CONCORD Rangers scored a stoppage time leveller as a pulsating National League South derby with Billericay Town finished 2-2 at the Aspect Arena.

Although Alex Wall gave the Beach Boys a fifth minute lead, goals from Connor Smith and Moses Emmanuel either side of half-time looked as though it had given Billericay – under the stewardship of player-coach Jamie O’Hara before Harry Wheeler officially takes over as manager on Monday – all three points in a local derby which saw both sides pick up a red card.

But Jack Midson ensured a share of the spoils from the penalty spot deep in stoppage time.

The hosts edged in front with the first attempt of the clash as the unmarked Wall steered Frazer Shaw’s dangerous cross into the bottom corner of the net.

With both sides struggling to enjoy lengthy spells of possession on the ball, the next meaningful opportunity also fell to Wall. But the striker lashed high and wide after Joe Gardner had latched onto a loose ball.

Billericay goalkeeper Alan Julian, making his first appearance since the turn of the year, pulled off a brilliant save to keep Midson’s thumping header out as the Beach Boys continued to create the better chances.

Wall forced Julian into a diving save soon after the half hour mark but it was honours even eight minutes before the break.

Jake Howells’ cross-field pass allowed Smith to cut inside and the midfielder’s thunderous strike from 30 yards – which was Billericay’s first shot on target – was misjudged by Concord goalkeeper Sam Beasant as it dipped under the crossbar to send the Town supporters behind the goal into raptures.

Billericay were reduced to 10 men eight minutes after the interval as Jesse Debrah, whose loan move from Millwall was confirmed just a matter of hours before kick-off, was shown two quickfire yellow cards.

The central defender was penalised for handball and he was given his marching orders four minutes later after pulling down Wall.

However, Concord were also reduced to 10 men just three minutes later as Wall was shown a second yellow card for diving.

Billericay turned the game on its head just before the hour mark as Emmanuel fired under Beasant from a tight angle.

Danny Green’s goalbound free-kick was deflected wide before a glancing header from Midson went inches past the post as the Beach Boys went in search of a leveller.

And it came when Lee Minshull was brought down deep into stoppage time and referee Chris O’Donnell pointed to the spot.

And Midson sent Julian the wrong way to ensure a share of the spoils.

Concord Rangers: Beasant, Popo, Shaw, Essam, Minshull, Pollock (Abdulla 75), Green, Gardner (White 58), Wall, Midson, Blackman

Billericay Town: Julian, Kizzi, Jahraldo-Martin, Rooney, Debrah, Clifford (Aransibia 58), Howells, Smith, Emmanuel, Coombes (Cadogan 79), Efete