Eastbourne United AFC and Bexhill United both dropped their first points of the season after a hard fought 2-2 draw at The Oval on Bank Holiday Monday.
United took the lead as Pete Cooper despatched his second penalty in consecutive fixtures following a foul on Barden in the area with 13 minutes played.
United could have extended their lead in the 43rd minute when Simon Catt made inroads into the penalty area and saw his shot well saved by Bourne, before the rebound fell to Barden who in turn saw his shot deflected off the line and on to the head of Liam Baitup who had little chance in making sufficient contact with the ball.
Barden, Cooper and Baitup all missed the chance to extend the lead before Bexhill started to show a continued threat to the United goal.
A miss-placed pass from Ben Hughes on the left wing allowed Bexhill time to produce an inch perfect cross for Steve Morris and his powerful downward header rattled the crossbar with Sargent beaten.
Bexhill got the goal when the lively Casey Ham poked the ball passed the onrushing Sargent an into the net despite the best efforts of Luke Denton following a long ball that split the United backline.
With 57 minutes played, United went behind for the first time this season when Ham was again involved as his cut back from the by-line found Josh Elliott-Noye in the right place to finish and make the score 2-1 to the visitors.
United reacted to the goal and almost immediately scored an equaliser as Liam Baitup rounded the ‘keeper to keep up his record of scoring in every league fixture this season and get his 10th league goal in the process.