DESPITE losing to Durham City in the FA Cup last weekend, manager Perry Briggs was pleased with Newcastle Benfield’s performance – particularly their second-half effort.
JUST when it appeared Ashington would clinch victory in Saturday’s FA Cup extra preliminary round tie at Woodhorn Lane, up popped Sunderland RCA goalkeeper Neal Atkinson to spoil the party.
WHAT a season this is turning out to be for the STL Northern League!
THE STL Northern League championship will be decided today if West Auckland Town defeat Ashington, but should they fail to take all three points at Woodhorn Lane, then it will be next week before the outcome is known.
SUNDERLAND RCA received a double boost to their championship hopes, defeating Ashington 4-0 at Woodhorn Lane while title rivals Spennymoor went down 4-2 at Jarrow Roofing.
THE race for the championship remains wide open after the four leading sides all won on Saturday.
PERRY Briggs, who was assistant manager at Spennymoor Town until a few weeks ago, has taken over as manager of Newcastle Benfield.
AMBITIOUS Sunderland RCA, who have applied for promotion to the Evo-Stik League Division One North, have taken steps to strengthen their squad to help their bid to end in the top two.
ASHINGTON, who at the weekend reached the last 16 in the FA Carlsberg Vase for the first time in their history, produced another brilliant performance when they defeated Spennymoor Town 4-1 in the STL Northern League game at Woodhorn Lane.
JARROW Roofing’s slump continues and they are now in the bottom three of the STL Northern League First Division after crashing to a 7-1 defeat against rival strugglers Billingham Town on South Tyneside.
IT is a long time since Consett were in the bottom six of the STL Northern League but they go into this morning’s game with championship contenders Spennymoor Town just four points outside the relegation zone.
ASHINGTON recovered from a two-goal deficit to gain a last-minute equaliser against South Shields in last night’s STL Northern League First Division game at Woodhorn Lane.
MANAGER Ian Chandler, who steered Whitley Bay to three consecutive FA Carlsberg Vase victories, is confident the Seahorses will soon return to winning form.
BLYTH Spartans boss Steve Cuggy cannot wait for new signing Richard Offiong to get fit and show the Croft Park faithful what he is capable of.
ASHINGTON and Hebburn Town eagerly await today’s draw for the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup but Spennymoor Town fell by the wayside on Saturday.
THREE STL Northern League sides will be flying the flag in the FA Cup this afternoon and all face difficult third qualifying round ties.
DUNSTON UTS are now the only unbeaten side following Sunderland RCA’s defeat by West Auckland Town.
DUNSTON UTS, who are one of only two unbeaten sides in the STL Northern League First Division, face a difficult game at Norton and Stockton Ancients, who have edged into the top six.
HEBBURN Town produced a memorable performance when they upset the form book by defeating Penrith in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round on South Tyneside.
SUNDERLAND RCA moved to the top of the STL Northern League First Division when they twice came from behind to defeat South Shields 3-2 at the Filtrona Stadium.
ASHINGTON boss Gary Middleton will start whittling down his list of trialists this week.
ASHINGTON boss Gary Middleton has hailed the return of winger Chris Fawcett to Woodhorn Lane.
ASHINGTON have been challenged to target the Northern League top six next season, but Richie Bond admits even aiming for eighth place is a “tough ask”.
WHITLEY Bay moved into fourth position in the STL Northern League First Division with victory over Tow Law Town at Hillheads last night.
A RARE defeat for Spennymoor Town will give chasing clubs hope that they might yet pip the leaders for the STL Northern League First Division title.
GARY MIDDLETON insists his Ashington side are capable of coping with the fixture congestion that has handed them four games in eight days.
AFTER leading for 84 minutes, Ashington were then behind until the last kick of the game against Newcastle Benfield in last night's STL Northern League First Division game at Woodhorn Lane.
THE match of the day is unquestionably between top-four sides Spennymoor Town and Newcastle Benfield at the Brewery Field.
DUNSTON UTS are through to the quarter-finals of the FA Carlsberg Vase, but their hopes of winning promotion from the STL Northern League receded with a 1-0 defeat by Ashington at Woodhorn Lane last night.
THERE was joy and despair for the four STL Northern League sides in Saturday’s FA Carlsberg Vase fifth round.
DUNSTON UTS at last managed to play their Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup second round tie with Ryton and set themselves up nicely for Saturday's FA Carlsberg Vase visit to Stansted.
DURHAM City suffered a 4-1 defeat at Clitheroe in last night’s Evo-Stik League Division One North fixture but the margin of victory flattered the hosts.
ASHINGTON FC “will continue to progress”, Colliers chairman Ian Lavery has vowed – despite their FA Vase exit leaving manager Gary Middleton at his “lowest ebb” in non-league football.
GARY Middleton has challenged his in-form Ashington stars to “express themselves” in Saturday’s FA Vase tie at Long Buckby – insisting they have “nothing to fear”.
MANAGER Billy Irwin expected a difficult tie and he was spot on with his prediction, but battling Dunston UTS held onto a two-goal lead to reach the last 32 of the FA Carlsberg Vase with victory over Heather St Johns.
JOHN Campbell has had trials with Swindon Town, Leyton Orient and Scunthorpe United in the last two months – but today he will spearhead Newcastle Benfield’s attack in the STL Northern League game against Billingham Synthonia at the Sam Smiths ground.
HOPES that a full programme in the STL Northern League would be played for the first time since November 20 didn’t come to fruition.
WITH a potentially lucrative FA Carlsberg Vase tie with AFC Liverpool on the horizon, Whitley Bay manager Ian Chandler is hoping for a good performance and three points in this afternoon’s game at rejuvenated Sunderland RCA.
GARY MIDDLETON has hailed Ashington’s FA Vase win at New Mills as his best in management.
JARROW Roofing made an encouraging start on their return to the top flight but recent results have seen them slip into the bottom six.