Second-placed Spalding United gained a valuable point against promotion contenders Newcastle Town despite playing the second half with only 10 men.
The Tulips had to show true grit and determination following the dismissal of Nathan Whitehead but finally succumbed to the pressure applied by their opponents in the 73rd minute conceding a goal from a free kick.
Dave Frecklington’s men had taken the lead before the break from a Cenk Acar penalty.
Frecklington told the Spalding Guardian: “I’m delighted with the point.
“I thought the lads put in a brilliant shift from minute one to 95.
“What you can’t do with teams around you is lose the game.
“What we have got in this group is a lot of character and a lot of desire.”
Spalding face Newcastle once again this Saturday in a rearranged game as original opponents Witton Albion are on FA Trophy duty.