Abbey Hey were denied all three points late on as they were held to a 2-2 draw against Cheadle Town.
The home side led after only ten minutes when a quickly taken free-kick found Dunford on the edge of the area, his shot was deflected into the path of Jordan Lazenbury who slotted home from close-range for his 18th goal of the season.
Cheadle responded within two minutes through Patrick Davin, who controlled the ball from a long ball forward and turned past captain Aaron Fleming, before slotting the ball low past Ross Heywood into the bottom-left corner.
Fleming redeemed his mistake seven minutes later when he headed the home side back in front, rising highest to meet a Tom Murray out-swinging corner.
Former Abbey defender Samuel Parr was given a second yellow card of the evening and his marching orders by referee Ian Claridge six minutes into the second half for a late tackle.
Terry Hincks’ side thought they had capitalised a minute later when Ben Halfacre struck the ball low into the back of the net from the edge of the area, but he was judged to be offside by linesman Kyle Lord.
The visitors earned themselves another equaliser eleven minutes from the end as Isaac Noble struck home from close-range after Heywood could only a parry a Paul Sunderland free-kick into the path of the Cheadle Town substitute.
A late sinbin for Murray for dissent saw both sides play the final few minutes with ten men, but neither side could scrap a winner as both sides shared the points at the Abbey Stadium.