Nicholls nets late winner for Ashington Colliers

IAN Nicholls hit a late winner for Ashington Colliers at Heaton Stannington in the Northern Alliance Premier Division.

IAN Nicholls hit a late winner for Ashington Colliers at Heaton Stannington in the Northern Alliance Premier Division.

Paddy Yates shot the home side ahead just before the interval, but Dylan Williamson equalised for the Colliers.

Nicholls struck five minutes from time as in- form Ashington moved into the top 10.

The champagne is on ice, but Alnwick Town will be crowned top- flight champions if they win at Heaton Stannington tonight.

They fell a goal behind and had a man sent off at home to Stocksfield, but stormed back to take the three points and move to the top.

They lead rivals Ponteland by a point with a game in hand after United were held to a damaging draw at Gateshead Rutherford.

Bottom side Cramlington Town lost heavily at home to Harraby CC.

David Wallace headed them in front and Mark Boyd doubled the advantage as he popped up unmarked to smash in an eight-yard volley.

Darren Noctor forced in the third and Mike Swift tucked away a penalty to complete the scoring.

He should give lessons to Shankhouse hit-man David Dormand, who fired one over the bar and had another saved in his keenness to finish the Premier Division top scorer.

Team-mates Anth Moran and Chris Rue put Shankhouse 2-0 up against Murton, who pulled one back late on from Paul Wintripp before Dormand did get himself on the scoresheet with the third goal.

David Atkinson, Craig Hopwood and Craig Lisle all netted for Blyth Town as they halted a three-game losing streak at Carlisle City.

 
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