North Shields dropped two points on Saturday in their challenge for the Northern League first division title.
Penrith are one of the league’s form sides, despite their mid-table position, and proved difficult opponents for Graham Fenton’s side.
They were worthy of the point they headed back to Cumbria with after a 1-1 draw at the Daren Persson Stadium.
There was little indication that this would be a repeat of the 5-2 scoreline the Robins relished in October when the sides met in Cumbria.
Great work by Adam Forster and Dean Holmes set up Gareth Bainbridge in the 16th minute for another clinical finish as he put the home side ahead.
But the celebrations had barely died down before Martin Coleman levelled for the visitors
We never really got going but we grafted for a point which keeps us in the frame and our momentum on song.Andy Bowman, North Shields assistant manager
Shields pressed for the bulk of the second period but opportunities were at a premium as a resolute defence kept the Robins at bay.
North Shields: Robinson, Donnison, Lancaster, McKeown (Carr 50), Parker, Hughes, Morris, Forster (Day 69), Bainbridge (Wrightson 78), Richardson, Holmes. Subs (not used) Coppen, Grey.
After the game, assistant boss Andy Bowman said: “We never really got going but we grafted for a point, which keeps us in the frame and our momentum on song.
“We’ve a great group of lads both on and off the pitch – all we can do now is head south on Saturday and give it our best shot.
“There’s no way we can possibly underestimate the opposition and the enormity of the match, obviously it will be tense.
“Lets just hope we can get a positive result, then it will be all to play for at the Daren Persson Stadium in the second leg.”