JIMMY Turner's second half equaliser kept alive Stafford Rangers' involvement in this season's FA Trophy, away to lower league Rugby Town on Saturday.
Rangers looked to bounce back after their embarrassing FA Cup exit at Gresley the previous weekend and earned a home replay at Marston Road on Tuesday night (7.45pm).
The Boro pressed early on and Ellis Myles cleared two efforts of the line, while home keeper Dave Bevan produced a fine one-handed stop to deny Lee Downes.
However, before the break, Rugby grabbed the lead when Fazel Koriya found the net.
Just after the break, Rugby were down to ten men when Ross Miller was dismissed for two bookable offences. He handled in the area, but Michael Carr sent the resultant penalty over the bar.
Fortunately for Carr, team mate Turner put Rangers back on level terms on 53 minutes when finding the target from 20 yards.
Both sides had chances to take the tie in the closing stages, but they will meet again on Tuesday to decide this first qualifying round clash.