Alnwick Town 2 - 2 South Shields
Alnwick Town gained a valuable point against league favourites South Shields at St James' Park on Tuesday night.
In a game where Alnwick more than matched their opponents for large spells of the match, the home side claimed a deserved point in an entertaining game for both sides.
South Shields took the lead shortly before half time. A header from a corner was saved by keeper Nathan Brown, but the rebound crept in from Stephen Ramsey.
Alnwick goalkeeper Brown shortly after made a fine save, only to suffer a shoulder injury and be forced off, with Callum Brooks coming on in his place.
After half time, the substitute keeper made some fine saves and looked comfortable against the experienced Shields frontline including Northern League veteran Warren Byrne.
It was Alnwick who got the equaliser though on 70 minutes. Ross Gair was brought down on the edge of the box during a counter attack, giving Alnwick a great opportunity. Kieran Hogg stepped up and smashed the free-kick home to make the score 1-1.
The away side regained the lead shortly after though, going from one end of the pitch to the other, and Warren Byrne drilled a low shot into the bottom corner.
The home side weren't to be denied though. Pressure told from a corner, with captain Tom Macpherson heading home at the near post to make the score 2-2.
Shields went for a winner, but found a dogged Alnwick defence too much to break down.