Three goals in the final five minutes saw West Allotment Celtic lose 6-3 to Ryhope CW in a highly eventful match.
Ryhope led after just 28 seconds through striker James Ellis before Allotment’s Stephen Young replied seven minutes later.
Ryhope’s Chris Rookes saved a penalty from Young (52) in the second half before the away side led 3-1 through Joseph Melvin (61) and James Ellis (66).
Celtic managed to bring it back to 3-3 through debutant Jordan Miller (70) and, once more, Stephen Young (77).
However, goals late on from Nathan O’Neill (85), a third of the match from Ellis (87), followed by Simon Ord’s strike (90) sealed the victory.
After an impressive victory at Jarrow Roofing, Allotment were seeking a league victory without their ex-manager Jon McDonald after he departed to take over at North Shields.
The game was only 28 seconds old when ball over the defence was met by Ryhope’s James Ellis, who managed to beat goalkeeper Chris Bannon to the ball and poke it into the net.
The home side responded as Stephen Young fired a sweet half volley into the bottom left hand corner, giving the Ryhope goalkeeper, Chris Rookes, no chance.
Allotment almost took the lead after a dangerous free kick from Luke Parkinson hit the post after taking a flick of a Ryhope head.
Both goalkeepers were forced into making key saves for their teams, with Rookes making a tremendous save from point-blank range after Bannon got down low to deny Ellis moments before.
In the second half, Allotment were awarded a penalty after Stephen Young was tripped over inside the penalty area. His following spot kick was well saved as Rookes guessed the right way.
Ryhope regained the lead through substitute Joseph Melvin. After taking a touch away from the defender, he found space to rifle the ball into the corner of the net.
Moments later, Jame Ellis scored his second of the game after getting behind the Allotment defence, with great pace, before tucking the ball into the bottom corner.
Ryhope looked to have made certain of the victory in the 68th minute, however, Chris Locke was available to clear a Ryhope strike off the line.
Allotment quickly found themselves back in the game after Jordan Miller, on his debut, turned inside the penalty area before striking the ball into the top corner from close range.
Stephen Young grabbed his second goal of the game after a kind ricochet put him through on goal before he slotted the ball home to equalise.
After Chris Bannon had brilliantly tipped a header over the bar, Ryhope scored their fourth from the following corner. With the ball failed to be cleared, Ryhope’s Nathan O’Neill managed to stab the ball home after a scramble inside the six yard area.
Ryhope regained a two-goal lead through James Ellis. With time and space, Ellis completed his hat-trick by firing his shot into the roof of the net. Simon Ord rounded off the victory with a low drive into the net.
West Allotment’s next league match sees the side travel to Newton Aycliffe on Tuesday night.