Robins denied by late goals
North Shields 2Guisborough Town 2Two goals for Guisborough in the final few minutes condemned North Shields into an FA Cup replay after a wet and windy second half on Saturday.
The teams were due to meet in the replay last night (Wednesday).
The Robins deservedly entered the half time break on top after Connor Campbell’s brace gave the Robins one foot into the next round.
However, with the rain worsening, the hosts struggled and with ten minutes to go, Danny Earl pulled Guisborough to within one goal.
And with only moments remaining for the Robins to hold on, Earl hammered home to secure a midweek replay in North Yorksire.
The Robins found themselves under pressure after the game kicked off as Guisborough chased the early lead.
However, the hosts finally managed to create pressure of their own and in the 10th minute, the deadlock was broken when Campbell coverted from close range, after the away defence failed to clear a freekick.
Rhys Williams headed over the bar, but Greg Purves had to make a good save to keep Shields in front.
Just seconds before the half time break, the Robins capitalised on some slack defending when Campbell, with his back to the ball, smartly turned past Rowbotham before stroking the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
The second half began in torrential rain and blustering winds, all of which affected the rhythm of the game.
Shields looked as if they might hang on until the visitors hit them with a late double.