Alnwick Town boss Paul Yeadon hailed hat-trick hero Tony Brown after he inspired his side to a 3-3 draw at Birtley Town on Tuesday night.
The midfielder’s third goal came in the 90th minute as Alnwick snatched a late equaliser in the Northern League, Division Two clash.
It was the second time in four days that the St James’ Park side had come from behind and scored at the death to snatch a share of the spoils after Tom Vickers’ 85th-minute goal in the 1-1 against Stokesley Sports Club on Saturday.
Alnwick are now three points clear of the dropzone, although they have played more games than some of their relegation rivals.
Yeadon hailed the fighting spirit of his side for grabbing the draws from losing positions and praised the fringe players who stepped up in the midweek clash against Birtley.
But Tuesday night belonged to three-goal Brown.
“He shone again,” admitted Yeadon.
“He has been outstanding all season. All three goals on Tuesday were taken really, really well and he has come into his own as a Northern League player.”
Alnwick grabbed a point the hard way on Tuesday night, pegging back Birtley three times.
Yeadon said: “There is a fighting spirit. We had an under-strength team out and the lads who came in stepped up really well. There were some really good performances.”
While Alnwick are out of the dropzone, and have a better goal difference than teams around them, there is still work to do to preserve their Division Two status.
Yeadon is setting his sights on winning half of the eight league games remaining.
He said: “There are some big matches coming up, with some games against teams in the top half of the table, but I do believe we can take points off these sides.”
Alnwick are away to Northallerton Town on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.
Alnwick (v Birtley): B Brooks, A Makin, G Convery, A Tate, D Lowes, B Murray, C Moffet, T Brown, J Jackson, B Keenan, K Hogg. Subs: R Straughan, M Hall, L Dundas.