East Armidale launched out of the starting gate in their re-scheduled game against Demon Knights but only just held on for a draw at the end of the 90 minutes.
They leapt to a 2-nil margin at the break at the game on Tuesday night.
DK made a surge early in the second term to bring the deficit back to one.
Easts added another to extend to 3-1.
DK nailed two goals late in the game to finish off with a draw.
“We were pretty disappointed actually, we came out really strong in the first half, very dynamic in our passing and movement and really should have put three or four goals past them before half-time,” East Armidale captain Trent Irwin said.
Demon Knights coach Evan Quaife was happy to get away with the win.
“Easts were far too strong for us in the first half,” he said.
“In the second half as the game went on we came home very strongly.”
This Saturday, East Armidale face a tough Norths United outfit.
“[Norths are] always very strong, particularly at home,” Irwin said.
“They play a very tidy brand of football with their passing game.
“We are going to have to put on a really good performance to be competitive.”
DK come up against Tamworth FC, fresh off a 4-nil triumph.
“We just have to expect a physical contest,” Quaife said.
“We have some really pacey strikers up front, Cody Watts got all three goals against Easts. We just have to be a bit more solid in the midfield and our defence.”