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A RARE defeat for Spennymoor Town will give chasing clubs hope that they might yet pip the leaders for the STL Northern League First Division title.

A RARE defeat for Spennymoor Town will give chasing clubs hope that they might yet pip the leaders for the STL Northern League First Division title.

Dunston UTS became only the fourth side this season to beat Spennymoor, who still command an eight-point lead.

Ben Cattanach gave Moor's goalkeeper no chance on 16 minutes and 10 minutes later Stephen Richardson headed in the equaliser.

In the second period, Jack Burns crossed into the visitors' goalmouth and Turns conceded an own goal. Richardson levelled with a header but two minutes later Terry Galbraith converted a penalty after Gareth McAlindon had been brought down.

At the other end of the table, Penrith are still embroiled in the relegation dogfight after losing 2-0 against Norton and Stockton Ancients.

The Cumbrians conceded a hotly-disputed penalty in the first minute which Nathan Mulligan dispatched past goalkeeper James Holland.

Just before the interval, Gavin Parkin curled the ball in from outside the penalty area.

Relegated Ryton gained only their fifth point of the season in a 1-1 draw with Tow Law Town.

But it was only the heroics of 16-year old goalkeeper Brendan McDonald which kept the Lawyers at bay. Normally a central defender, McDonald volunteered to play in goal because Ryton didn't have a recognised keeper and produced a superb performance.

He was beaten only once, in the 62nd minute when Graeme Wilson forced the ball over the line following a right-wing corner. Dan Wilson restored parity two minutes later.

Brandon United conceded a last-minute winner against Marske United. Jonathan Burton fired home to give the Seasiders an advantage on 54 minutes before Daniel Corbett was left with a simple tap-in after 68 minutes.

It looked as if Brandon would hold opponents to a draw but in the last minute a shot was saved by goalkeeper Andrew Wilkinson, the ball rebounded off the post and hit John Meehan before entering the net.

Steven Anderson scored two penalties as Seaton Delaval Amateurs lifted the Northern Alliance Kicks Leisure Challenge Cup after a 3-2 victory over Blyth Town.

Steven Howes raced onto a through ball and tucked away the opener after just five minutes at Woodhorn Lane.

Anderson stepped up to tuck away the second from the spot in the 53rd minute and it got worse for Blyth seven minutes later as their keeper was dismissed for a second bookable offence and Anderson was again spot-on from 12 yards.

Jonny Mann pulled one back in the 87th minute and David Atkinson also scored for 10-man Town in injury time.

 
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