Hebburn Town are still searching for their first win after losing by the only goal to Sunderland RCA in last night’s Ebac Northern League First Division game on South Tyneside.
The home side started well and passed the ball around to good effect but failed to make the best use of goalscoring opportunities.
RCA suffered a blow on 40 minutes when Adam McGuinness was shown a straight red card for bringing down Martin Roper when he was the last defender.
Despite being down to 10 men, it was the Wearsiders who broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute with an excellent goal.
Kris Goss made a rapid run down the flank and his inswinging cross was met by Stuart Thompson, whose first effort rebounded from the post. He made no mistake at the second attempt.
Hebburn’s Roper hit the woodwork and had a shot cleared off the line but RCA held on for their second win in five games.
Despite twice leading, Dunston UTS lost an eight-goal thriller at West Auckland Town, who played the last 17 minutes with 10 men following the dismissal of Stephen Richardson.
Ben Cattanach and Gary Ormston struck inside the opening 12 minutes and, after Ormston headed into his own goal, West equalised with a 25-yard direct free-kick by Robbie Briggs.
Andy Bulford restored the advantage to UTS, only for Luke Carr to level before the interval.
Two goals from Briggs and Luke Carr in as many minutes left the Tynesiders with a formidable challenge but, despite having a numerical advantage, they failed to get back into the game.
Whickham moved into second place in Division Two, three points behind Heaton Stannington, following a five-goal blitz of Washington.
Stephen Aiston, Sam McIntosh (pen) and Anthony Falcon fired the Glebemen into a three-goal interval lead, and in the second half Aiston and Rudi Nellis took Whickham’s total to five goals.