A late Craig Lynch penalty saw Seaham Red Star rescue a late 1-1 draw away to Penrith on Wednesday night.
Martin Coleman gave the hosts a lead from the spot 24 minutes in, but Lynch got Seaham’s equaliser with another penalty in the 82nd minute.
Penrith are now 15th in the Northern League table while Seaham stay 10th after this result.
The game started evenly with both sides having numerous good opportunities to break the deadlock. Star keeper Shaun Newbrook denied the home side superbly on numerous occasions after great play from forwards Coleman and Andrew Murray-Jones.
The breakthrough came when a penalty was awarded by the referee to Penrith after contact in a crowded penalty area. Coleman converted sending Newbrook the wrong way giving his side a 1-0 lead.
Lynch came closest to getting an equaliser for the visitors, agonisingly hitting the crossbar with a curling effort from the edge of the box after great build up play.
Seaham winger Robbie Bird had a lot of freedom down the left wing in the second half and he was denied excellently by Penrith stopper Joshua Richardson with 25 minutes to go. But The Star kept working tirelessly for an equaliser and it eventually came through Lynch.
The striker was tripped in the box after great footwork to evade the last man back between him and Richardson, and he ex-Sunderland man buried his penalty into the top left corner. No team could find a winner with 10 minutes to go so Seaham came away from Frenchfield Park with a hard-earned point.
Next up for Chris McCabe’s men is a home game this Saturday at 3pm against Newcastle Benfield.
Penrith AFC XI: Richardson, Lawson, Paul, Rea, Groves, Gilfllan, Jackson, Main, Coleman, Connelly and Murphy-Jones.
Subs Used: Moynan, Hebson and Atkinson.
Subs Not Used: Faustino and Street.
Seaham Red Star XI: Newbrook, Walker, Galbraith, Staunch, Price, Johnston, Kane, Hodgson, Bird, Palmer and Lynch.
Subs Used: Skidmore.
Subs Not Used: Goodman, Scorer and Hetherington.