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SPENNYMOOR Town remain favourites for the championship but they were taken to the wire by lowly South Shields before claiming three crucial points.

SPENNYMOOR Town remain favourites for the championship but they were taken to the wire by lowly South Shields before claiming three crucial points.

Glen Reay had a seventh-minute penalty saved by Moors' goalkeeper Nicky Lawson, and it was not until the 76th minute that Jamie Clarke, who had twice hit the woodwork, scored the only goal following a free-kick by Karl Richards.

Moors are five points behind leaders Consett with as many games in hand and they are just two points adrift of Newcastle Benfield, having played three fewer games.

Consett were also stretched before defeating Billingham Town despite enjoying a two-goal lead inside 21 minutes courtesy of Jonjo Dickman and Chris Scott.

Shaun Boynton threw the Teessiders a lifeline in the 82nd minute but the Steelmen held on for a vital win.

Benfield were without a fixture and so too were fourth-top Dunston Federation.

Shildon moved into fifth place when they inflicted a damaging defeat on bottom-of-the-table Seaham Red Star.

Lee Chapman bagged a brace of goals and, although James Huntley reduced the deficit on 85 minutes, Red Star failed to produce an equaliser.

West Auckland Town are equal on points with Red Star after losing to Chester-le-Street, whose marksmen were Craig Price (pen) and Wayne Gredziak.

The Cestrians played the last 25 minutes with 10 men following the dismissal of Nathan Fisher.

Northallerton Town occupy the third relegation spot after losing to Sunderland Nissan despite twice leading with goals by Carl Chillingsworth. Paul Stephenson, Neil Tarrant, Richard Hodgson (pen) and Tyson Masters replied for the Wearsiders.

Bishop Auckland are fourth from the basement. Last Thursday they hammered Ashington 4-0, but the Colliers gained revenge in the return fixture at Woodhorn Lane, winning with a Robbie Cockburn goal on 65 minutes. Two minutes later, Ashington's Ross Atkinson was dismissed. Morpeth Town, who until recently played most of their games away, are making home advantage count and they are in the top half of the table following victory over Tow Law Town, who scored first through Alex White.

Tony Stephenson restored parity and in the second half Lee Bell converted a penalty awarded for a handling offence.

James Alsop was introduced as a substitute in the 14th minute and five minutes later he scored the only goal in Ryton's victory over Bedlington Terriers, for whom Scott Bell went close on three occasions.

Norton and Stockton Ancients are already promoted from Division Two and Esh Winning are favourites to join them. Both sides had a free day and Horden CW consolidated third place, but they left it precariously late before winning at Guisborough Town with an only goal in stoppage time by Mark Stephenson.Sunderland RCA are also in with a chance of going up but, despite winning at Jarrow Roofing, they are outsiders. Mark Davison, Mark McLeod, Steve Stewart and Andy Jennings swept them to an emphatic victory.Team Northumbria are in the bottom half of the table but only five teams have scored more goals. They took their total to 71, scoring five at Whickham through man of the match Lee Johnson (3), Oliver Radley and Liam McRoy. Adam McLane hit a late consolation for the home side.A first-minute goal by Robbie Livermore earned North Shields the points at Darlington RA, and Hebburn Town built up a three-goal lead over Washington thanks to Daniel Gray, Gary Dadd and goalkeeper Gary Frater (pen). Barrie Smith replied for the Newtowners just before the end.Brandon United led through Stephen Fothergill and Matt Hornsby by the eighth minute, but Stokesley SC hit back and restored parity in the 26th minute with goals by Stuart Wise and Peter Callan.It was not until the last 10 minutes that Brandon claimed victory thanks to Chris Toye and Tim Bowman. After finishing bottom last season, Brandon are now in seventh position.are already promoted from Division Two and Esh Winning are favourites to join them. Both sides had a free day and Horden CW consolidated third place, but they left it precariously late before winning at Guisborough Town with an only goal in stoppage time by Mark Stephenson.

Sunderland RCA are also in with a chance of going up but, despite winning at Jarrow Roofing, they are outsiders. Mark Davison, Mark McLeod, Steve Stewart and Andy Jennings swept them to an emphatic victory.

Team Northumbria are in the bottom half of the table but only five teams have scored more goals. They took their total to 71, scoring five at Whickham through man of the match Lee Johnson (3), Oliver Radley and Liam McRoy. Adam McLane hit a late consolation for the home side.

A first-minute goal by Robbie Livermore earned North Shields the points at Darlington RA, and Hebburn Town built up a three-goal lead over Washington thanks to Daniel Gray, Gary Dadd and goalkeeper Gary Frater (pen). Barrie Smith replied for the Newtowners just before the end.

Brandon United led through Stephen Fothergill and Matt Hornsby by the eighth minute, but Stokesley SC hit back and restored parity in the 26th minute with goals by Stuart Wise and Peter Callan.

It was not until the last 10 minutes that Brandon claimed victory thanks to Chris Toye and Tim Bowman. After finishing bottom last season, Brandon are now in seventh position.

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