Non-league round-up

WHITLEY Bay conceded their unbeaten record in the STL Northern League First Division with a 3-1 defeat by Billingham Synthonia at Central Avenue.

WHITLEY Bay conceded their unbeaten record in the STL Northern League First Division with a 3-1 defeat by Billingham Synthonia at Central Avenue.

After a goalless first half, home debutant Matthew McQueenie set up Matt Crossen who struck a 25-yard shot past keeper Kyle Hayes.

Crossen turned provider for Chay Liddle to chip the keeper before David Abel headed in the third goal. In stoppage time, Paul Chow claimed a consolation for Whitley.

Consett ended a losing sequence with a 2-0 victory at Bedlington Terriers with David Brown and Michael Mackay the matchwinners.

Spennymoor Town thumped Penrith 5-0, scoring twice in the opening 15 minutes. Philip Thornton conceded an own goal and Michael Laws volleyed into the bottom corner.

The home side doubled their lead with two goals early in the second half. Sonny Andrews crashed the ball past James Holland who was then beaten by an Adam Johnston header.

Moors then went nap as Gavin Barton sweetly curled a shot wide of the over-worked Holland.

Stokesley SC have conceded 72 times in 13 games but they might just have caused an upset had Nathan Porritt not failed with a 23rd-minute penalty at Bishop Auckland, who at that stage led through Andrew Johnson and Darren Richardson.

Joe Melvin reduced the arrears on 55 minutes but Johnson sealed Stokesley’s fate with his second goal.

Tow Law Town stay second bottom after losing for the 11th time in 12 games, at Norton and Stockton Ancients, Garry Barnes with a brace.

Shildon, who challenged all the way for the championship last season, are eighth bottom but have played fewer games than any other side.

They suffered their third defeat in seven matches as Newton Aycliffe won through Dale Jardine, Glen Robson (2) and Elliott Gardner. Warren Byrne replied for Shildon.

In Division Two, Darlington RA lost ground in the promotion race, West Allotment Celtic with a 2-1 win.

Stephen Allinson was an early scorer for RA but Celtic hit back via Liam McIver and Scott Fenwick.

Seaham Red Star improved their position near the bottom beating Crook Town thanks to Kevin Gordon (2) and Johnny Monaghan. Kyle Davis replied.

Birtley Town went four goals up via James Allison, Daniel McIntosh and Danny Smart (2) before Easington Colliery’s Ben Riding netted late on.

Jarrow moved fifth top in the Wearside League hitting Peterlee Town for six with Mark Brocklehurst (hat-trick), Peter Kane (2) and Liam Bailes scoring. Peterlee led thanks to Peter Crawford and David Laight.

Redcar Athletic regained pole position when two penalties from James Kesterton earned them victory at Prudhoe Town and at the other end of the table, Silksworth Rangers leap-frogged Coxhoe Athletic with strikes from Chris Crumbie and Anton Crann.


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