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IAIN Lee came off the bench and netted twice as Whitley Bay A went top of the table.

IAIN Lee came off the bench and netted twice as Whitley Bay A went top of the table.

Lee headed the opener at Harraby CC midway through the second half and added a second when he took full advantage of a defensive blunder to tuck away from 15 yards.

Chris Bainbridge got the pick of the bunch in the last minute with a superbly measured chip over keeper Dan Casson after he’d punched clear.

Carlisle City kept up the pressure at the top as Dan Bulman, Mark Graham and Tom Lucock were on target in their comfortable win over struggling Ponteland United and Hebburn Reyrolle striker Chris Donald went nap as he fired in five times at bottom side Murton.

Dean Patton, Adam Bell and Liam Clark got the others in a 9-0 drubbing.

Gateshead Rutherford put a dent in Heaton Stannington’s title hopes – and gave themselves a massive boost in the battle to beat the drop with a surprise 3-2 win at Grounsell Park.

Graeme Troughton struck twice and keeper Rob MacGregor was in inspired form at the other end, pulling off some tremendous stops. He was beaten by Michael Waggett, but Heaton were reduced to ten men soon after.

Yanis Galas added a third late on and although Joe Fulcher pulled another back with four minutes to go, Rutherford held out for three vital points.

Trevor Benjamin and Abubaker Salim netted for Seaton Delaval at Stocksfield but the Griffins earned a point with strikes from Chris Fairless and Steve Forster. Sean Gibson, Joe Moscrop, Mark Richardson and Michael Hogg were all on the scoresheet for Ashington Colliers against Shankhouse and it ended goalless between Killingworth Sporting and Blyth Town.

Amble United were just two minutes from lifting the Division One silverware at Wallington when the unlucky Josh Hay headed into his own net.

United led through a Sean Taylor effort that was cancelled out by Bern Fenwick’s free kick. Hay fired the Seasiders back in front – before his late own goal.

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