SEAHAM Red Star moved into a Ebac Northern League promotion place despite failing to win for the third successive game.
Following consecutive defeats, they managed a point against South Shields at Peterlee – but it was an extremely close call.
The game was deep into added time when Channon North equalised in a goalmouth scramble.
Shields led from the fifth minute through Jordan Fraser, who headed in a long throw from Ben Riding, but the Mariners’ hopes received a setback on 42 minutes when they had Tony Coe sent off.
Red Star, though, failed to make the numerical advantage count, but the point they gained was sufficient to move them to third top.
Birtley Town stayed fifth after losing by the odd goal in three at West Allotment Celtic, who went into a two-goal advantage with a fine solo effort from Shaun Reid and a Kallum McGlen goal.
In the last 10 minutes, Callum Hope reduced the deficit, but Birtley were unable to produce an equaliser.
North Shields continue to lead the table despite being held to a draw by improving Tow Law, for whom Dean Thexton struck as early as the third minute.
The Robins’ equaliser came from a direct free-kick taken by full-back John Grey, who beat the wall and the goalkeeper Stephen Robinson in the 53rd minute.
On a day when not one of the top five won, second-placed Heaton Stannington went down to Darlington RA whose match winners were Steve Allison and David Webster.
Fourth-placed Northallerton Town lost at Jarrow Roofing for whom Paul Gardner (2), Andy Appleby and Jamie Marshall scored. Colin Anderson and Darren Kokes replied.
In Division One, Durham City conceded a two-goal lead in losing 3-2 to a young Bedlington Terriers side.
Denver Morris and a James Harmison own goal had City comfortably ahead, but, in the second half, the home side hit back with strikes from David Brown, Dylan Williamson and Harmison.
Shildon lead the table and, with 42 goals, are also the top scorers after they hit basement side Billingham Town with a seven-goal rout.
Lee Paul Scroggins (2), Mark Doninger (2), Billy Greulich Smith, Sam Garvie and Paul Connor were all on the mark. The Teessiders are still pointless and have conceded 49 goals in 12 games.
Spennymoor Town are second, just two points behind Shildon with a game in hand. Jason Ainsley’s side won the match of the day in some style, defeating third-top Celtic Nation in front of a near-500 crowd at the Brewery Field.
Moors played some excellent football throughout the 90 minutes which was rewarded with goals from Stephen Capper, Gavin Cogdon and Liam Henderson, who is proving to be a great signing following his move from Gateshead.
Crook Town made a bright start following promotion but they have slipped to seventh from the bottom following a six-goal blitz by Billingham Synthonia, whose marksmen were David Alderson (2), James Magowan (2), Tom Bott and Michael Sweet. Robbie Bird claimed a consolation for the Millfield men.
Dunston UTS were also in scoring mode at home to Morpeth Town. The goals flowed from Dale Burrell, with a brace, Gary Ormston, Nick Kane and Chris Swailes.
Hebburn Town gained only their second point of the season in holding Bishop Auckland to a draw.
Conor Winter gave them the lead before Keiron Megran levelled for Martin Swales’ side.
H Two Northern League sides went into today’s draw for the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup – but only Marske United are definitely through.
They defeated Halesowen Town 3-2 with strikes by Adam Wheatley, John Alexander (penalty) and a last minute winner from Andy Jennings.
West Auckland have home advantage over Hednesford Town in tomorrow night’s replay.
After going in front with the goal of the game – a tremendous shot from 30 yards by Robbie Briggs which flew into the net – West were behind until Lewis Galpin levelled at 2-2 in the 92nd minute.
Guisborough Town went out 4-1 to Workington and Penrith conceded a 93rd minute winner to Bradford Park Avenue, who triumphed 2-1 after the Cumbrians had held the lead courtesy of Martin Coleman.