Hebburn Town held one of the favourites for the Northern League Division Two title, Blyth AFC, to a 1-1 draw at the weekend.
Both sides came into the game having won their opening two fixtures but it was the visitors who took an early lead in the eighth minute. David Robinson won the ball in Hebburn’s half and strode forward to beat Steve Hubery with a great left foot strike from outside the box.
Hebburn were unlucky not to draw level when first Paul Chow beat the keeper to a through ball to fire just wide of the post and two minutes later Channon North in almost identical fashion scraped the outside of the
Blyth should have doubled their lead in the 25th minute but missed a great chance while Hubery prevented Andrew Bulford from scoring.
On the stroke of half-time a fantastic cross from wide on the left from Meech Kanda found North at the far post and the tall striker should have scored, but his downward header was scrambled clear by ex-Hebburn keeper Chris Bannon.
After the break, Chow planted a fine header past Bannon, but was judged to be narrowly offside but the Hornets’ determination paid off after 20 minutes of the half when Chow out-muscled a Blyth defender on the edge of the box, and very calmly lobbed Bannon to give the home side a deserved equaliser.
Blyth almost won the game in the latter stages when Hubery had pull off a tremendous save before Craig Malley somehow cleared another shot off the line with Hubery beaten.
Elsewhere in Division Two, it was a stunning weekend for Jarrow as they gained their first Northern League win.
They came from two goals down to beat Easington 3-2 at Perth Green.
The visitors were quickets out of the blocks and raced into a 2-0 advantage inside the first half through goals from David Paul and Jayven Redman.
However, goals from Jordan Mellish, Nicholas Quinn and Max Kirkham’s volley sealed the win for Dave Bell and Chris Thompson’s side and gave them a historic first victory in the Northern League at the third time of asking.