Redcar hold out for a draw in top of the table clash
Redcar Athletic have stayed in second place of the Wearside League, after drawing 2-2 against league leaders, Sunderland West End.
Athletic went into the league fixture after losing a disappointing game against Prudhoe Town, in the Monkwearmouth Cup, where they only managed to make two shots on target.
Both teams looked to start the game off quickly and go a goal ahead, but it was the visitors who had the earlier chance.
Lee Smith put them a goal up, within 15 minutes, after some great link up play with his team mate, Barry Burton, set him through to finish in the bottom corner and put Sunderland ahead.
Although both teams showed some great attacking play, chances were rare after the goal in the first half, but Sunderland had the opportunity to double their lead just before half time, but Lance Skelton was on hand to divert the initial shot from Barry Turton just around the post.
Again, West End had the chance to double their lead just after half time, but this time, Liam Wood was there to slide the ball clear off the line.
Just on the hour Redcar managed to put in an equalising goal, with Joe Ferguson crossing the ball into the box, from a free kick, for Lance Skelton to header past the keeper.
After having his shot blocked earlier in the game, Barry Turton then put the visitors in the lead, again, from the penalty spot.
Sunderland defender, Stephen Lax, played the ball well around the Athletic box byJoe Ferguson, but after the initial decision to give a free kick outside the box, the linesman intervened and gave the penalty.
Although they went a goal down, the Redcar players then proceded to dominate in the search for an equalising goal.
And it came in the 82nd minute, with Joe Ferguson curling home a free kick from 25 yards out, after controversial decision by the referee with the tackle initially looking like it was a clean one.
After what was a fast placed game, Athletic still remain in second place, only four points behind Sunderland West End.