Three goals in injury time saw the points shared in the opening game of the season for Saffron Walden and West Essex.
Lewis Francis saw an early chance blocked before Aaron Thomas' opener for the home team was ruled out for offside. Soon after, striker Gavin Cockman saw his effort denied by Jack Coker.
However, Saffron Walden's pressure paid off and Francis gave his side the lead with a low finish from a tight angle on 17 minutes.
A second goal was ruled out for the Wardens due to Ryan Fleming being adjudged to have been in an offside position. The home side continued to trouble West Essex with their delivery from set pieces, with full-back Greg Strong denied by a good save following a free-kick delivery.
Francis was denied his second by an excellent save in a one-on-one situation after being played in-behind by a through ball in the final action of the half.
For all their pressure in the first half, Saffron Walden were undone by a long ball early in the second half. Hakim Medfai's through-ball was finished by Cameron Gray under goalkeeper Neil O'Sullivan's legs to level the scores.
West Essex went on to take the lead as goalscorer Cameron Gray was brought down in the box by O'Sullivan, with Callum Bloss sending O'Sullivan the wrong way from the spot.
Set pieces continued to present opportunities for both sides throughout the second half, with Ryan Fleming's header from a free-kick going narrowly wide.
A flurry of activity at the end of the game began as Francis was brought down on the edge of the West Essex area after O'Sullivan's goal kick. Spike Bell's powerful effort found the back of the net to level the scores at the end of regulation time.
However, the scores were level only momentarily as West Essex capitalised on tired legs and Michael Mignot burst through to fire home amid calls of offside.
Incredibly, Saffron Walden drew level once more at the death, with a corner met powerfully by Ryan Fleming and share the points.
Up next for Saffron Walden is a fixture against Sawbridgeworth Town on Tuesday 6 August, while West Essex are not in action midweek, but face Whitton United in the FA Cup on Sunday 11 August.
Josh O’Brien is one of our sports journalists. He currently studies a multimedia sports journalism degree at the UCFB Wembley campus. His previous roles include writing for You are my Arsenal blog, The Sun’s Dream Team app and betting company Kwiff.