(Images courtesy of Peter Jackson)
The Two Blues put recent performances to one side on Saturday afternoon to put in their best performance of the season to date against visiting Ryhope CW.
Narrowly succumbing to leaders Hebburn Town in midweek, Saturday’s victory, their second of the season, saw them move up to twelfth in the table, five off the top as goals from Andrew Johnson (penalty), Michael Hoganson (free-kick) and a brace from the Stoneacre Motors Man-of-the-Match Chris Winn (pictured below) delighted manager Ian Chandler, and the home support.
AJ opened the scoring from the spot just after the half-hour mark following a handball before a sumptuous free-kick from Hoganson a couple of minutes before the break afforded the Two Blues breathing space for the first time in weeks.
The second half went in a similar vein with Winn firing a quick-fire brace within fifteen minutes of the restart, his first a volley, the second curling home following a mistake from the visiting ‘keeper; Ryhope pulled a goal back in the closing minutes through Jack Devlin.
As a number of Northern League sides were on FA Cup duty, Newcastle Benfield, Stockton Town, Seaham Red Star and Sunderland RCA progressing whilst Hebburn face a replay at home to Pontefract Collieries, there was only four First Division matches, including Bishops, played.
Consett were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Whitley Bay whilst Newton Aycliffe and Shildon both edged home wins by the odd-goal-in-five against West Auckland and Penrith respectively.
At Aycliffe the hosts found themselves two down inside the opening fifteen, West leading through Adam Burnicle and Amar Purewal; Dean Thexton halved that on the half hour before Johnson Ballam levelled and, with a little over twenty remaining, Shaun Ryder chipped the West ‘keeper to complete the turnaround.
Shildon meanwhile also came from a goal down when home to Penrith, Daniel Craggs proving the hero with a brace however it was the Cumbrians who led through a Martyn Coleman penalty, Craggs equalising before the break; Nathan Steel gave the Railwaymen the lead ten minutes after the break, his also coming from the spot before Coleman grabbed his second of the afternoon to level before a deflected effort by Craggs from distance gave the hosts the points.
In the Second Division the West Allotment march continued as they defeated visitors Billingham Synthonia 8-2 as Matthew Hayton bagged three, Michael Baxter two along with solo efforts from Shane Jones, Abu Salim and Mikel Thompson whilst Synners replies came via Liam Travers and Daniel Boyle.
Ryton remain a point behind West after they also won, edging hosts Bedlington 3-2, Jack Cooper with a brace for the victors whilst in the local (County Durham) derbies Crook drew 2-2 with Easington and Willington, flying high in fourth, saw off Brandon 2-1, Tyler Marquis and Ash Davis netting at Hall Lane after Alex Dobinson had equalised for Brandon in the first half.
As it’s a Bank Holiday weekend there are three matches in the Northern League scheduled for Monday 26 August as Northallerton host Guisborough and Thornaby host Stockton, both at 11am, and Newton Aycliffe welcome neighbours Shildon at 1pm.
SATURDAY 24 AUGUST 2019
FA CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND RESULTS
Ashington 1 Marske United 3; Billingham Town 3 Ossett United 4; Newcastle Benfield 1 Workington 0; Northallerton 0 Stockton Town 3; Pontefract Collieries 1 Hebburn Town 1; Seaham Red Star 3 Guisborough Town 1; Sunderland RCA 1 Hemsworth 0
EBAC NORTHERN LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION RESULTS
Bishop Auckland 4 Ryhope CW 1; Consett 1 Whitley Bay 1; Newton Aycliffe 3 West Auckland 2; Shildon 3 Penrith 2
EBAC NORTHERN LEAGUE SECOND DIVISION RESULTS
Bedlington 2 Ryton & Crawcrook 3; Birtley Town 2 Heaton Stannington 0; Chester-le-Street 0 Redcar Athletic 3; Crook Town 2 Easington CW 2; Esh Winning 1 Carlisle City 2; Jarrow 3 Sunderland West End 1; Newcastle University 2 Durham City 3; Tow Law Town 4 Washington 2; West Allotment Celtic 8 Billingham Synthonia 2; Willington 2 Brandon United 1