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North Shields 2 Seaham Red Star 2: Robins frustrated as Seaham snatch late draw

North Shields were left frustrated after being held to a 2-2 draw at home to Seaham Red Star, despite having lead the game twice.

The Robins took the lead midway through the firt half, courtesy of a well taken Kyle Patton strike.

However, former Shields striker Dan Wilson levelled the score for Seaham just before the break with a far post finish.

Shields re-took the lead with a quarter of the game to spare when Patton scored the rebound from his saved spot kick.

But with minutes remaining, Paul Gardiner caught the Robins cold when he converted from close range to secure Seaham a point.

The visitors start to the game was interrupted in the fourth minute as David Henderson was forced to leave the pitch after an apparent groin injury, with Josh Winthrop replacing him.

The early change didn’t hamper Seaham too much as only one minute later, Liam Gillesphey’s long range effort wasn’t far away from testing Robins keeper Greg Purvis.

Both teams struggled to create opportunities on goal but in the 20th minute, a Paul Robinson ball into the centre of the box forced the Seaham defence into a scrappy clearance.

As the half wore on, the hosts seemed to warm into the game and in the 25th minute, Patton weaved his way down the right-hand side before delivering a dangerous ball into the box; one which Connor Campbell was inches away from connecting with.

Only one minute later, centre back Wayne Buchanan thought he had given the Robins the lead, only for his shot, following a goalmouth scramble, to nestle into the side netting.

The Robins were rewarded for their strong start as in the 30th minute, Patton fired home from the centre of the box, after the Seaham defence buckled under pressure from the North Shields forwards.

Moments later, Patton once again was at the centre of the action when his low shot, after another scintillating run, was deflected behind by Seaham shot-stopper Aaron Steavens.

Five minutes before the break, midfielder Gary Ormston tested the visiting keeper with a low effort, but the youngster, who was standing in for the suspended Chris Bannon, saved well.

Despite dominating large spells of the half, the Robins were finally coming under pressure and just on the stroke of half time, they lost their lead when Wilson rose highest, from a well taken corner, to finish past Purvis as the back post.

After his heroics against Shildon last week, Paul Van Zandvliet was looking to back up a spectacular performance and in the 58th minute, he almost had his second goal in two games, only for Steavens to make another save.

He came even closer to re-taking the lead for the hosts in the 66th minute when he almost connected with another dangerous Robinson cross.

In the 71st minute, referee Christopher Joyce awarded Shields a penalty when a shot from outside the area seemed to strike the arm of a Seaham defender.

Despite Steavens saving Patton’s initial spot kick, the young winger had presence of mind to follow up his effort, allowing him to hammer the ball into an empty net.

The longer the game went on, the more frustrated the Seaham bench were getting and in the 83rd minute, after some ‘choice’ words towards the referee, Seaham manager Mark Collingwood was given a talking to by the man in the middle.

However, his mood was soon improved as in the 90th minute, a poorly defended ball into the box allowed Gardiner the opportunity to snatch a point for Seaham from the jaws of defeat with a cool finish.

North Shields Starting 11: Greg Purvis, Nick Cassidy, Chris McDonald, Gary Ormston, Paul New, Wayne Buchanan, Paul Van Zandvliet, Ryan Carr (c), Connor Campbell (Gareth Bainbridge 75), Paul Robinson (Cam Cunningham 75), Kyle Patton (Scott McCarthy 78)

Unused Substitutes: Ben Christensen, Rhys Williams