Non-league round-up

ONLY four years ago Ryton were a Northern Alliance side but they are now in the Skilltrainingltd Northern League First Division and last night celebrated their biggest victory for many years.

ONLY four years ago Ryton were a Northern Alliance side but they are now in the Skilltrainingltd Northern League First Division and last night celebrated their biggest victory for many years.

On Saturday, they only managed a 1-1 draw at Guisborough Town in the FA Vase first round , but the Teessiders were simply no match in the replay at Kingsley Park.

Ryton enjoyed a comfortable two-goal cushion at the halfway stage when there was no indication of the goals glut which was to follow.

The Tynesiders, though, then dominated their opponents to end with an emphatic 10-1 victory to their credit.

Mark Walton rifled a hat-trick, Glen Reay and Dale Burrow bagged braces with Andrew Dobbie, Carl Patterson and Gareth McKenna adding to the woes of the visitors.

Morpeth Town again took Sunderland Nissan to extra time before going out 4-3. Neil Tarrant headed in at the back post but before the interval, Mark Grant levelled for Morpeth with a low shot.

Tarrant blasted Nissan in front for a second time but Alex Benjamin and John Campbell, with a 20-yard free-kick, put Morpeth on top.

With just five minutes remaining, Stuart Banks levelled and in the first half of additional time he beat three players before firing past Paul Gibson.

Ashington won their third game in nine attempts and are mid-table in the Skilltrainingltd Northern League Division One after defeating Billingham Town 3-1 at Woodhorn Lane.

The Teessiders scored first after nine minutes when Leon Carling’s free-kick found Martin Thompson, who slammed the ball into the far corner of the net wide of goalkeeper Paul Simpson.

Two goals in a minute put the Colliers in the ascendancy. Robbie Cockburn crashed the ball into the roof of the net after being set-up by Lee McAndrew and immediately, Alan Hogg pierced the visitors' defence before Michael Fenwick netted on the turn.

With four minutes remaining, Ashington made certain of the points as Gareth Bainbridge fired wide of goalkeeper Jamie Wiggin after being put through by Paul Dunn.

Seaham Red Star went down 3-0 to Penrith in Cumbria. Former Gretna and Carlisle United player Mark Birch gave the home side a 29th-minute lead with a clinical finish, and he again produced an accurate shot for his team's second goal after 64 minutes.

The visitors battled back but were unable to reduce the deficit and just before the end, Willie Paul headed past keeper Paul McSween to make sure of Penrith’s fifth win in 10 games.

North Shields remain fourth from bottom in Division Two after losing by an only goal to Jarrow Roofing, who are back in the top half of the table. Kevin Davison struck after just two minutes and despite opportunities for both teams, there were no more goals.

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