REVENGE was sweet for Durham City at Spennymoor Town on Saturday. Last week, Moors surprisingly defeated the leaders in the Quarter Final of the prestigious Newton Moor Durham Challenge Cup but Lee Collings’ side turned the tables.
And it was the former Spennymoor striker Adam Johnston who returned to haunt his old club. He was in scintillating form and deservedly ended with a hat-trick. Moors’ only reply came from Jamie Clarke.
Whitley Bay are second following a five-goal romp at home to Jarrow Roofing despite playing all but 28 minutes with 10 men following the dismissal of Brian Rowe.
By then, Mark Minto, David Coulson, Alan Oliver (og) and Lee Kerr had struck with Paul Chow netting the fifth.
Consett, whose fixture was postponed, are third and Sunderland Nissan fourth following a draw at Newcastle Benfield Bay Plastics.
Lee Hamilton fired his side in front but two minutes into stoppage time, Richard Hodgson levelled.
Tow Law Town won the top six clash at Billingham Town with first-half goals by Richard Langthorne and Philip Maguire while Morpeth Town easily defeated relegation-haunted Northallerton Town.
Morpeth won 3-1 despite playing 80 minutes with 10 men following the dismissal of Iain Nickalls. Stephen Young, Kevin Henderson and John Barker (og) netted for Morpeth with Paul Hinton (pen) replying for Northallerton.
Debutant Fergal Harkin, Paul Dunn, Kevin Devine and Stephen Preen led Dunston Federation to an easy win at home to Bedlington Terriers while Seaham Red Star hit West Allotment Celtic for six as the goals flowed from Andy Appleby with a hat-trick, Stephen Holiday, John Rattle and Warren Byrne. Andrew Johnson netted for Celtic.
Chester-le-Street played most of the second half with 10 men after Scott Donaldson was ordered off but they were too strong for Shildon. Mark Anderson (2) and Andrew Armstrong netted with Wayne Gredziak claiming Shildon’s only goal.
Sunderland RCA are now fifth from top following the 6-1 rout of Stokesley SC at Meadow Park. Paul Salmonds (2), Adam McGuinness, Andrew Jennings, Wayne Henderson and Andrew Hoban hit the target with Lev Yalcin responding for the visitors.
Ryton missed the opportunity to go third when they lost to improving Horden CW whose scorers were Mark Stephenson (pen) and Afolabi Shekoni. Penrith extended their lead at the top to six points, winning at Guisborough Town thanks to a goal by Wayne Robinson.
Whickham, whose game was postponed, stay second and Birtley Town are third after losing again, this time to Esh Winning who were three goals to the good courtesy of Michael Fort, Chris Smith and Nick Martin before Chris Hepple replied.
Brandon United crashed 5-2 to rival strugglers Darlington RA. Tom Burke (2), Stephen Bell, Wayne Flanaghan and Michael Carter netted with Tony Lee twice finding the net for Brandon.
Team Northumbria held Prudhoe Town to a draw, with Graeme Cairns cancelling out Ben Hadday’s first-half strike for Prudhoe.