Town made the journey north to Ryhope with new faces in the shape of their most recent signings Dale Hopson and Harvey Woodhouse searching for a much-needed win in their push for survival.
Hopson came in for an immediate debut following his loan move from Marske whilst Woodhouse would have to settle for the bench.
The opening exchanges started fairly evenly with both sides creating opportunities despite no clear cut chances falling for either side. That was until around the 22-minute mark when two quickfire chances fell the way of Town but the Ryhope keeper was on hand to thwart both opportunities and keep things level.
As the first half continued it was the hosts who edged the play and became ever so increasingly comfortable and began dictating large portions of the play. This culminated in the hosts having put the ball in the Town net via Danni Lay, before it was adjudged to have been offside. A let-off for Town just before half-time.
0-0 to finish the first half.
Town started the second period brightly, with Ciaran Banks breaking free after some good team play but he could only find the side netting with his attempt on goal.
It was only a matter of minutes later when Ryhope’s Christopher Wallace was adjudged to have been fouled in the area - resulting in a penalty to Ryhope which was converted by Karl Southern.
1-0 to Ryhope.
The goal seemed to have had a positive effect on Town, as they kicked into a different gear after falling behind and Hope/Chapman came on replacing Stephenson/Banks.
It was only a matter of minutes after going behind that James Winter in the Ryhope net was called into making a triple save from close quarters to keep his side ahead.
Just after the hour mark Town looked to have equalised via an Alex Bruton header but it was ruled out for offside. Much to the frustrations of those with a Northallerton persuasion as the decision had an air of ambiguity surrounding it.
From this point, Town continued to assert themselves upon the game and began dictating things more, a penalty appeal fell on deaf ears as Town continued to push on in search of an equaliser.
Micky Rae would depart for Anthony Snook as Town continued in their search for an equaliser without managing to create any clear opportunities. That was until the 79th minute…
Town finally had their goal. It was Alex Bruton again who put it away. Bruton had shown great feet in the area to carve out his opportunity as he fired home from close range. Winter didn't have much of a chance with the effort.
From that point, the game’s momentum swung heavily in favour of Town. However, they couldn’t quite create that all-important opportunity to snatch a winner.
Full time and it was all square. 1-1.
Town may feel aggrieved to be leaving the North-East without a win under their belts on the balance of play but it was a much-improved performance in which they battled from a goal down to secure a point away from home.
Northallerton host Redcar on Wednesday in our next fixture.
Dawson, Marron, Hudson, Crust, Graham, Ryder, Bruton, Stephenson, Rae, Hopson, Banks.
Subs: Hope, Chapman, Snook
Unused: Chidanyika, Woodhouse
Goal: Bruton (79)
Winter, Wade, Gordon, Southern, Garside, Price, Davis, Wallace, Lay, Bird, Weirs
Subs: Ellis, Taylor, Trewick
Unused: Harkess, Morris
Goal: Southern (55 pen)