Alnwick Town conceded a last-gasp goal as they drew 4-4 with struggling Esh Winning in a see-saw Northern League Division Two clash this afternoon.
Paul Basey scored a scorcher from distance with just minutes to go to claim a share of the spoils for lowly Esh.
It was the second time in less than a week that Alnwick have been denied at the death, after they were knocked out of the E Armstrong Memorial Cup by an 85th-minute strike on Tuesday by Birtley Town.
Esh’s late leveller proved to be a frustrating end for an Alnwick side who should have taken all three points against the second-bottom visitors.
Not only were they denied late on, but Alnwick had also thrown away a 2-0 lead. Ross Straughan opened the scoring with a header after 10 minutes before Adam Shanks put the hosts two to the good with a fine individual effort.
At this point, Alnwick were coasting. But two quick-fire goals by the visitors turned the game on its head.
Basey pulled a goal back for Esh with a low shot from outside the area before Dean Sinclair levelled with a header two minutes later.
Esh had the wind in their sails and they completed a fine comeback just before the break when Sinclair scored his second to put his side 3-2 up in the 35th minute.
Alnwick weren’t out the game though and they made it 3-3 just before the hour, when Shanks scored from the penalty spot after Ryan Douglas was taken down in the box.
This topsy-turvy encounter took another twist in the 66th minute when Tony Brown put Alnwick 4-3 up. Shanks was fouled in the area by goalkeeper Dean Caris and the frontman stepped up to the spot for a chance to complete his hat-trick. Caris saved Shanks’ effort but he could only parry the ball into the path of Brown who duly converted.
The black ’n’ whites were heading towards all three points, but Basey had the final say with his fine strike from well outside the area with the match in injury time.
Alnwick travel to Willington next Saturday in Northern League Division Two.
SEE THURSDAY’S NORTHUMBERLAND GAZETTE FOR FULL MATCH REPORT