Whitley Bay and Tyne Men’s first team conceded a late equaliser after dominating against faced Durham University seconds on a cold and windy Saturday in North Shields.
Tyne had the better of the opening exchanges, waiting patiently for an opening and then attacking at pace.
One such attack resulted in a loose ball in the Durham circle, Stoddart beat the first defender and fired a shot at goal, which was saved by the keeper, but Hector Hall was first to react and volleyed the ball home from close range to open the scoring.
Another quick break shortly after from Titmus released Alex Lockey into the area at pace, his pushed shot passed the oncoming goalkeeper but the ball slipped agonisingly wide of the post.
In the second half Tyne again had most of the possession but were still looking for a second goal to give them some breathing space.
Durham worked the ball into the area for the first time and were rewarded when poor marking left a forward with an easy finish to level the scores.
Tyne had more urgency in their play as they looked to hit back. They won a penalty corner almost immediately after finding a Durham foot in the area. Andy Hayes stepped up and finished powerfully in the bottom corner to regain the lead.
Tyne looked for more goals and Belshire and Titmus both had good chances to kill the game, but none could be taken and this would prove costly.
With three minutes remaining Durham managed to find an attacker at the back post who deflected the ball home to give them a last gasp equaliser and leave Tyne feeling hard done by in a game they dominated.