Durham City were denied all three points when Penrith grabbed an 88th-minute equaliser in last night’s Ebac Northern League First Division game in Cumbria.
City made a dream start as Callum Patton cut inside and beat home goalkeeper Josh Richardson in the 10th minute.
Just before the interval, Richard Faustino scrambled in Penrith’s first equaliser from a corner, but 10 minutes later Patton was again on target as he took advantage of culpable defending.
With just two minutes remaining at the Frenchfield Stadium, a rasping drive from regular marksman Martyn Coleman gave City goalkeeper Tom Flynn no chance, rescuing a point for Penrith.
Norton and Stockton Ancients moved out of the bottom three with a shock 3-1 victory at home to Guisborough Town, who would have gone third had they won.
Matthew Pennell, Matthew Lovegreen and Riu Williams were the matchwinners, with Luke Bythway replying.
In Division Two, Brandon United and Tow Law Town are both enjoying much better seasons this term, but the Lawyers emerged 2-0 victors at the Welfare Ground courtesy of goals from Adrian Bailey and Adam Burnicle.
Ryton and Crawcrook Albion took a fourth-minute lead with a tap-in from Sam Moore and, after Birtley Town’s Damien Ellis headed in the equaliser, the visitors secured a 2-1 success with Lee Shickle’s second-half strike.
Stokesley SC remain rooted to the foot of the table after losing for the 13th time in 14, 3-0 to Darlington RA, whose scorers were Kerry Hedley, Ashley Laven and Nathan Wilson.