Boldon CA boss Paul Mossa was pleased with the different tactics his side adopted to get a highly creditable draw from their trip to Creator Moor Celtic.
Boldon more than matched their opponents, who are pushing strongly at the top of the Wearside League, throughout the game.
The home side took the lead through a dubious penalty, Leigh Dunn stepping up to convert.
But Boldon hit back within 10 minutes with a brilliant strike from 18-year-old Josh Houghton from the edge of the box.
The scores were level at half-time but both sides went looking for all three points after the break.
Great individual play from striker Dunn saw him wriggle past two defenders to coolly slot the ball home from 15 yards.
But with 10 minutes left on the clock, a long ball was brilliantly brought in the box by the Boldon centre-forward Adam Sharp, and as the ball bounced to head height and in an attempt to clear, the Creator defender kicked Sharp in the face, missing the ball completely.
Adam Bell coolly slotted home from the penalty spot, giving Boldon a share of the spoils.
Mossa said: “I think it has been evident throughout the season what a good footballing side we are.
“However I have been trying install a different side to our game.
“Sometimes we need to go a little more direct, which is a style adopted by many teams in this league.
“I thought at Creator Moor it was important we executed this part of our game, We did and it paid dividends.
Elsewhere, both Harton and Westoe, and Jarrow, crashed out of the Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup.
Harton went down 3-0 at home to Sunderland West End in their first round clash with George McCain (2) and Jamie Fryatt beating goalkeeper Andy Hunter.
Stockton Town, defending the competition they won last season, reached the Second Round when they coasted to a 4-0 win at home to Jarrow.
Max Craggs, with a brace and Adam Nicholson just about had the tie sewn up by the 38th minute and a minute from the end Tony Johnson completed a comprehensive victory.