Bedlington Terriers manager Gary Innes believes the draw against title-chasing West Auckland Town is a huge confidence boost for the side.
They went into the game off the back of two disappointing performances against Newton Aycliffe and Sunderland RCA, and Innes said that it was “crucial” that his side put in a good performance.
He said: “I am very happy, this was a massive game against the league leaders and the response I got from the players was exactly what I was looking for.”
Bedlington showed real composure in defence and determination to hold on in the end, although they could class themselves unlucky not to have found a breakthrough themselves.
“We could have won it in the end, we had four decent chances that we should have made their keeper produce a save,” said Innes.
“I am very happy, but I am disappointed, I feel like its two points lost today.”
Innes also believes that Bedlington have to move on in their forthcoming games against Consett, North Shields and Shildon following a positive result against a top side.
He added: “It’s been discussed all week with the players about playing as a team and trusting each other.
“I thought all 11 players done that and obviously it showed with a great point.
“There are some really tough games coming up, but I think that is a massive confidence booster for us.”