Dunthorne went close for the visitors early on, but Acle should have had a penalty when Tooley was clearly hauled down in the box.
Charlesworth made ground to fire just over for the Norwich side, before Gibbons played in Bishop but the ball was blocked for a corner.
Diggins delivered a telling cross behind the Hellesdon defence, before having his own shot blocked by a defender. Dunthorne found space behind Wiley to open the scoring midway through the first half and the visitors led 1-0 at the break.
Early in the second half Hellesdon had a great chance to go two up, but the ball was scrambled away from inside the 6-yard box to the relief of the home supporters.
Hoeppner pulled down his marker clearly two yards inside the box but referee Watson opted to award a free kick on the edge of the box as Acle got away with one.
Kelf clipped in a fine ball and Tooley was the first to help on a bouncing ball nodding the ball into an empty net to level matters at 1-1.
Morley took out Bishop in a red card offence but the referee chose to caution both players. Warminger was through on goal but couldn’t quite finish, before Tooley had a similar opportunity saved by the keeper.
The game was becoming stretched as both teams went for the win, as tempers began to flare. Kelf was booked for jumping into his man and the dangerous Dunthorne could have got his second when clean through, before Franklin in the home goal saved the day.
Simpson too was played in with a chance to win the day, but another good save saw the points shared in a match that neither side deserved to lose.
Acle United: B Franklin, C Wiley, L Gibbons, L Bull-Anthony, M Hoeppner, C Bishop, N D’Rosario, P Kelf, G Diggens, H Tooley, D Cooper. Subs used: A Bullent, R Warminger, N Mackenzie.