When in-form sides Newcastle Benfield and Spennymoor Town met at the Sam Smiths ground last night in the Ebac Northern League First Division, it wasn’t a shock that they shared the points.
Paul Brayson gave the Tynesiders a first-half lead before two goals in four minutes from Dan Taylor had Moors in front.
The equaliser came as a shot from Brayson was cleared off the line and player manager Steve Bowey drove into the net.
Morpeth Town gained a valuable point in their bid to move away from near the basement when they erased a two-goal deficit at Guisborough Town, for whom Mike Roberts and Danny Johnson scored in the opening 24 minutes.
Michael Chilton threw Morpeth a lifeline and Stephen Forster levelled. The Northumbrians went down to ten men on 68 minutes with the dismissal of Michael Hall.
In Division Two, Birtley Town lost by the odd goal against Northallerton Town, who moved into third place.
Colin Anderson broke the deadlock on 58 minutes with a tap in at the far post but within a minute Birtley’s Leon Watson levelled from close range.
Two minutes later Danny McLachlan restored the advantage to the home side and Darren Kokes made it three before Birtley claimed a second goal by Danny Taggart with just a minute left on the clock.
West Allotment Celtic saw off a strong challenge from Tow Law Town, who were first to strike courtesy of Dean Thexton.
Sean Reid and Liam Hudson replied and after Robert Hurton levelled for the Lawyers, Michael Bell claimed the winning goal two minutes from the end.
After moving off the bottom of the table at the weekend when they scored four times, Washington went one better going nap at Esh Winning.
Stephen Bogie and James Fairley each bagged a brace with Nathan Johnson also on the mark for the Newtowners. Michael Young claimed Esh’s consolation.
Ryton and Crawcrook Albion gained only their fifth point of the season in holding Chester-le-Street. Leigh Shickle and Callum Turnbull netted for Ryton, with Anthony Healer and Jack Honour replying.