WEST Allotment Celtic had to come from behind to take a crucial three points from their Northern League game at Horden’s Welfare Park and keep their promotion hopes alive in the process.
Both West Allotment and the home side were desperate for the points, Horden to preserve their league status and Allotment to secure a top six finish.
It was the visitors who started the stronger but threatened little, with Tony Lancaster heading an inch perfect cross well wide as the only clear cut chance.
And it was Horden who took the lead as a wicked deflection took a long range shot past Allotment goalkeeper Aimes.
Horden took the game to Allotment in the second half with a new found confidence following their goal, but the match descended into a scrappy affair with neither side able to keep possession.
But this all changed when Chris Rue superbly got to the byline before pulling the ball back for Dean Lee to score the equaliser with a diving header.
This gave West Allotment a much needed lift and they pressed forward looking for the winner.
It came within five minutes when Shaun Reid turned his marker before being brought down in the area with the referee pointing to the spot.
Reid picked himself up and dispatched the penalty, giving Allotment a 2-1 lead.
Horden had penalty claims of their own only a few minutes later when Liam McIvor charged down a shot with Horden claiming he used his hand.
The referee waved away the appeals and it was Allotment who rounded off the game in the dying minutes when a pass from Gary Day found substitute Chris Hutchinson in a good position, Hutchinson showing quick feet to wrong foot his marker before burying a shot into the bottom corner, sealing a 3-1 victory for West Allotment Celtic.