IT WASN'T the win they craved but a point for Beaconsfield SYCOB will be seen as a step in the right direction.

The Rams headed to Bedfordshire having lost four of their last five league games and looking to cement their spot at third in the table.

But they earned a battling point at Barton with Charlie Mpi putting Byron Walton's side ahead on the half hour mark when he pounced on a loose ball in the box to finish well.

Rovers levelled from the spot three minutes before the break when striker Dave Parkinson was scythed down as he bore down on goal with Russell Bull dispatching the penalty.

The second-half was a tentative affair with neither side able to create any clear-cut chances to claim all three points.

Barton thought they had netting the winner through Ricky Case but were left raging by a late offside flag that ruled out the effort.