Bedlington Terriers continued there battle to avoid relegation by picking up a valuable point at Marske on Saturday.
The young Terriers side, unbeaten in their last three games gave another good account of themselves and fully deserved a share of the spoils.
With Billingham Town and Hebburn almost doomed to relegation, the fight to avoid third bottom looks like going to the wire with at least three clubs involved.
The game, played in difficult conditions, was end to end with the home side going ahead on 16 minutes from a free kick. Chris Scott’s shot beat the Terriers defence to sail past the unsighted keeper Sean McCaffrey.
Terriers’ David Brown and Paul King combined well and gave the Marske rearguard problems, and it came as no surprise when in the 35th minute Paul Watson finished off a great move to hammer home the equaliser.
McCaffrey then pulled off a couple of outstanding saves as the half progressed, one in particular from former Terriers player Jamie Poole was top draw.
However, Bedlington, with Colin Morton working tirelessly in midfield, were playing well and could have taken the lead with Dylan Williamson went close just before the break.
After the break it was Bedlington who gained control and were unlucky not to go ahead when Paul Watson broke through to fire in a tremendous shot that home keeper Dean saved brilliantly.
The match developed into a dour struggle with defences generally on top.
Bedlington chairman Ronan Liddane was full of praise for his side in what he called a battling performance.
He said: “When you consider that Keith Perry [manager] and I had to rearrange the squad with four experienced players leaving the club in the last couple of weeks for further challenges we were short of bodies, but what we have left is a group of youngsters who give it their all, showing tremendous character and commitment.
“And today it was clearly evident they will not go down without a fight, and on balance of play we were unlucky not to pick up maximum points.”
On Saturday Bedlington entertain Billinham Synthonia, kick-off 3pm.