West Auckland Town produced an early shock result when they defeated Spennymoor Town 3-1 in last night’s Ebac Northern League First Division game.
The home side’s victory was all the more credible since they played for 49 minutes with only 10 men after Lewis Galpin was sent off for committing a foul when he was the last man.
Former Spennymoor player Steven Richardson gave West a 33rd-minute lead, but almost immediately Galpin headed a Callum Griffiths cross into his own net for the equaliser. Ten-man West defended superbly and clinched victory with two individual efforts from Mattie Moffat in the last 12 minutes. The game was watched by a crowd of 542. After conceding five goals at the weekend, Whitley Bay leaked another three to Bedlington Terriers, who have made a splendid start to the season.
Phil Bannister, Martin Brittan and Dylan Williamson were the marksmen against a Whitley side missing five regulars.
Team Northumbria snatched victory with a last-gasp goal by Dean Critchlow at Hebburn Town who twice equalised through Martin Roper and Calvin McMahon.
Peter Ravenhill and Peter Henderson (og) were Team’s other scorers.
Ashington had to settle for a draw with Durham City despite leading until the 89th minute with a Glen Taylor goal. Denver Morris headed against the crossbar and Ian Ward turned in the rebound.
Conor Winter and Gavin Barton eased Sunderland RCA to victory at home to Newcastle Benfield and despite taking an early lead courtesy of Chris Bell, Consett were defeated at Marske United who produced a strong second-half rally.
Austin Johnson levelled with an unstoppable shot before Harrison Davies converted a free-kick from outside the penalty area. Just before the end Consett’s fate was sealed as Johnson struck when one-on-one with goalkeeper Jak Norton.
In Division Two, promotion hopefuls Jarrow Roofing and Seaham Red Star clashed and it was the South Tynesiders who won. Adam Johnston was a fourth-minute marksman for Red Star before Stephen Young bagged a brace. In the last minute Dean Nicholson made sure of the points.
Liam Burnett and Tony Thirkell were Whickham’s matchwinners against Darlington RA at The Glebe and after going in front through Jack Henderson, Chester-le-Street were pegged back by Thornaby’s James Broadie-Myers.
Neither Washington nor Willington managed a goal, but there were five as Esh Winning defeated South Shields. Brian Morton, Lewis Herron and Graeme Stephenson netted for Esh with Stephen Ramsey and Paul Kane on target for the Mariners.