A feisty stop start affair on Friday night under the lights saw points shared between Whickham and West Allotment in front of 181 fans at the Glebe.
The early exchanges were dominated by lots of 50/50 tackles in midfield, with both teams eager to stamp their authority on proceedings.
It was Whickham who struck first, a quick free kick sending Nathan Greenwood away down the right hand side, who then stood up a pin point cross for striker Zak Atkinson to nod home from close range.
Whickham struggled to break down the low block at times, and the away side grabbed an equaliser following an incisive counter attack down the left hand side.
A poor back pass in defence then allowed West Allotment to take the lead, their striker holding off the defence, rolling and finishing past the keeper.
Despite this, the boys kept pushing forward and were rewarded after a spell of pressure, a goalmouth scramble seeing Kieran Galbraith credited with the goal to secure a point.
Manager Tony Fawcett had mixed feelings after the game, saying that while the dressing room “felt like a morgue” afterwards, he’s pleased that the lads wanted all the three points and it’s a testament to their mentality that they’re disappointed to only come away with a draw.
Whickham: Anderson, Howard, Dunn, Burrell, Galbraith, Agnew, Bisset, Peareth (C), Atkinson, Greenwood, Young
Subs: Below, Priest, Elliot (82′), Robson (71′), Dixon
Bookings: Young 61′