SPENNMOOR Town were the happier side at the end of last night’s crucial Ebac Northern League First Division clash with leaders Darlington 1883.
The nearest to a goal came when Moor’s Gavin Cogden had a shot blocked and although Mark Davison forced the ball over the line, his effort was ruled offside.
Although second-top Spennmoor trail the Quakers by seven points, they have five games in hand. They remain the only unbeaten side and last night’s draw was only the third time in 20 games that they have failed to take maximum points.
Dunston UTS were also involved in a goalless draw at Billingham Synthonia.
Dale Burrell and Chris Swailes had half-chances for UTS before Synners finished strongly and almost clinched victory in the 87th minute.
Nathan Jameson’s free-kick beat the wall and with goalkeeper Liam Connell rooted to his line, the ball came back off the post. Two goals in the final nine minutes secured victory for Bedlington Terriers over Marske United. Phil Bannister slid the ball into the net just before half-time and after Jordan Hugill replied for Marske, Bannister and Martin Brittain struck.
Morpeth Town, who have lost just once in 16 attempts, maintained their challenge for promotion in Division Two when they defeated top six side Jarrow Roofing.
Anthony Myers was a first-half marksman for Roofing but Morpeth produced a strong second-half rally and were rewarded with goals by Lee Scott, Jordan Fry and Ryan Hutchinson. In the last minute, Andrew Grant Soulsby claimed a second goal for Jarrow.
North Shields moved up to sixth place with victory at Ryton and Crawcrook Albion who, with the score goal-less, had Mark Nicholson sent off after 46 minutes.
James Harmison and Rob Nolan gave the Robins a two-goals cushion and after young David Backhouse reduced the deficit with a good finish, Ryton conceded a third goal to Dean Holmes on 88 minutes.
West Allotment Celtic recorded the biggest win of the night when they put four goals past Birtley Town courtesy of Dean Lee (2), David Dormand and Paul Stoneman. Celtic also scored for Birtley as Wynn Fremlin’s free kick hit the crossbar and bounced into the net off goalkeeper Ryan Beal.