Ebac Northern League

SPENNYMOOR Town moved to within four points of Ebac Northern League First Division leaders Darlington 1883 with a 2-0 victory over relegation-threatened Norton and Stockton Ancients.

SPENNYMOOR Town moved to within four points of Ebac Northern League First Division leaders Darlington 1883 with a 2-0 victory over relegation-threatened Norton and Stockton Ancients.

Mark Davison delivered a clinical finish from 25 yards into the bottom corner of James Howarth's net after just 13 minutes and on the half-hour mark, Wayne Phillips' corner was headed in by Daniel Moore.

West Auckland Town quickly recovered from a five-goal blast at the hands of Dunston UTS on Saturday to maintain their challenge for the title.

Hebburn Town, who have impressed during their first season back in the top flight, conceded three goals in the 15 minutes preceding the interval.

Mattie Moffat broke the deadlock on 30 minutes, driving past goalkeeper Dan Regan from a narrow angle and seven minutes later, Richard Paxton beat a couple of defenders and Regan was again left helpless. Worse was to follow as John Campbell converted a good pass from Moffat.

Hebburn eventually hit back with a 74th-minute strike from Stephen Forster at the far post but a minute later, West restored a three-goal cushion. The outstanding Moffat was again the provider with Paul Garthwaite the marksman.

Durham City eased their position near the bottom of the table but South Shields are entrenched at the basement after the Citizens won the crucial clash 6-1.

The Mariners drew first blood when Johnny Wightman picked up a loose ball from outside the box and let fly with a shot of such power that goalkeeper Gareth Young didn't even attempt to save.

From then on though it was all downhill for the visitors. Gary Shaw and Conor Winter had their side in front by the interval and another four goals flowed in the second period from Scott Fenwick, Winter, James Oates and Jack Walker, with his first goal for the club.

Consett just edged Guisborough Town by the only goal scored on 44 mins by Matthew Slocombe who slotted home at the back post ten minutes after being introduced as a substitute.

In Division Two, Seaham Red Star jumped into fifth place – their highest rating for a long time – with a 2-0 victory over Washington.

The Newtowners held their own until the first minute of the second half. Red Star broke quickly and Alan Pegram ran at the defence before crashing the ball home.

With 15 minutes remaining, Craig Malley headed in a right wing cross. Seaham are now level on points with fourth-top Darlington RA and three points behind Crook Town, in the last promotion place.

Birtley Town gave a good account of themselves holding Darlington RA to a draw. RA's Stephen Cheeseman beat goalkeeper Andrew Hunter on the hour mark and 10 minutes from time Matthew Hornsby levelled with a long-range effort.

Daniel Palmer (og), Andrew Appleby and Daniel Smart were Jarrow Roofing's matchwinners at home to Stokesley SC while Crook Town maintained their promotion push with victory at Whickham.

Jordan Larty and Abu Saleem had the Glebemen two goals up at the interval but Crook's second-half rally was rewarded with matchwinning strikes from Warren Byrne (2) and Chris Wallace.

MALCOLM PRATT

 

Premier League News

Journalists

David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer