Two goals in the final 14 minutes earned Daisy Hill a deserved share of the points in an entertaining game at the WEC Anchor Ground.
AFC Darwen stormed into a 3-1 lead at half time thanks to a hat trick from Nyle Ellis, with Daisy's only reply being a goal from Jacob Ridings.
The score stayed that way until the 76th minute when Jamie Ramwell rifled home a second goal for Daisy, and four minutes later Jacob Ridings levelled with his second of the game.
Despite Daisy dominating the final few minutes, they failed to add to their tally and had to settle for a point.
After an uneventful opening to the game, the deadlock was broken on 14 minutes after Darwen were awarded a penalty.
The referee indicated that there had been an infringement when a cross came into the Daisy Hill penalty area, and although there were no appeals from the Darwen players the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Daisy goalkeeper Dean Williams did well to get down to his right and block Nyle Ellis's penalty, but the Darwen striker followed up to slot the loose ball into the net.
The game was stopped for around five minutes at the midway point of the half when the referee had to withdraw from the game with a leg injury, and after a replacement assistant referee was found, the game restarted with the senior assistant in charge.
Daisy drew level on the half hour when Sam Howell's free kick was met by Tyler Rufus with a shot that was blocked, but when the ball ran free Jacob Ridings was on hand to sidefoot home the equaliser at the far post.
But Darwen struck twice in the space of two minutes before half time to take control of the game, with both goals coming as a result of the
Daisy defence failing to deal with a deep cross in to the penalty area.
Firstly, Darwen right back Kallum Banks curled a ball in towards goal, and as Daisy keeper Dean Williams came out to collect, Nyle Ellis nipped in front of him to head into the unguarded net.
Two minutes later, Banks once again provided the assist, this time landing a cross towards the far post on the head of the unmarked Ellis, who had time and space to steer another header in to the net to complete his hat trick.
After the break, Daisy had the better of the opening exchanges, and were unlucky not to pull a goal back just after the hour when Jamie Ramwell hit the post with a shot after Ellis Worrall had headed on a corner kick.
At the midway point in the half Daisy brought on Jordan Hussey and Matty Knowles to freshen up the attack, and after a period when play swung from end to end, Daisy made a breakthrough 14 minutes from time with a second goal.
The creator was Sam Howell, who burst into space down the right before firing in a cross to the far post that Jamie Ramwell met with an unstoppable volley that flew past Darwen keeper Lewis McPartlan.
Four minutes later it got even better for Daisy when they bagged an equaliser, and once again a ball played to the far post proved to be fruitful, with Jacob Ridings reacting quickly to steal in and beat the keeper with a header from close range.
The momentum was now with the visitors, and almost immediately they nearly grabbed the lead when Jamie Ramwell just failed to connect with a cross to the far post from Jacob Ridings.
But despite dominating the final few minutes, a Jordan Hussey volley over the bar was the nearest that Daisy came to completing an amazing comeback, and in the end had to settle for a point.