Stoke City Reserves 2 - 2 Town Reserves. TOWN got a point and an unexpected name for manager Peter Jackson's list of possible loans.
While Adnan Ahmed and Danny Schofield, with a penalty, got the goals as Town led twice at the Britannia Stadium in yesterday's Pontins Holiday League Premier Division fixture, it was Stoke frontman Marc Goodfellow who really caught the eye.
The 21-year-old tortured Town with his pace and shooting power, set up Stoke's first equaliser for Chris Iwelumo and scored the second himself in a brilliant opportunist break.
While he can't make an impact in Tony Pulis's Stoke's first team at the moment, he certainly wouldn't look out of place in Town's - although Jackson missed the match to scout at another Reserve fixture.
Derbyshire-born Goodfellow and Iwelumo, who has played for clubs as diverse as St Mirren and Denmark's Aarhus, certainly provided a big test for Academy centre-backs John McCombe and David Mirfin, although it was John Dungworth's side who made the early running.
Schofield had already whacked a shot just wide by the time Ahmed fired in a crisp 20-yard drive to provide a seventh-minute lead, and Nat Brown was unlucky not to extend it after neat work by Steve Kenworthy.
It was against the run of play that Stoke, who had won both their previous Reserve games, equalised, Town giving Goodfellow too much room for a vicious left-foot drive which Phil Senior could only block, allowing Iwelumo to smash in a close-range equaliser.
Schofield responded with some clever skills and a blistering shot against the bar, while Tyrone Thompson was unlucky to see another fierce shot deflected over the bar by Shaun Cartwright.
Senior saved smartly from Kris Commons while, at the other end, Ahmed and Kenworthy both went close, but the scores were level until 51 seconds into the second half.
Following a mix-up between goalkeeper Dave Clarke and full-back Brian Wilson, it was Kenworthy who reacted first to the loose ball and Clarke had no option but to pull him down.
Clarke should have been sent off, but was spared to see Schofield smash in an unstoppable shot from 12 yards out.
When Senior made a brilliant one-handed diving save to deny the slippery Goodfellow, it looked as if Town might hold sway in an entertaining and open contest.
But after a mistake by Ahmed, Town simply couldn't live with Goodfellow's pace down the middle and the way his right-foot drive sizzled past Senior from just outside the box left observers in no doubt he's got dynamite in both boots.
The Stoke strikers each missed a back-post chance while Senior saved smartly from another Goodfellow rocket, while unbeaten Town had a couple of opportunities to chalk up a second win in three Reserve matches.
Firstly, after a tee-up from London-based trialist Jermaine Amanuel, who has been looked at by Queens Park Rangers and Leyton Orient, Brown had a low drive stopped and then, with time ticking away, Schofield set up Dwayne Mattis for a clear shooting chance which he planted a couple of yards wide.
Town: Senior, Booty, Lloyd, Mattis, Mirfin, McCombe, thompson, Ahmed (Walsh, 85mins), Brown, Kenworthy (Amanuel, 59mins), Schofield. Subs not used: Giles, Tunnacliffe, McAliskey.