(Images courtesy of Joseph Gorman Photography)
A bad week for the Two Blues was compounded on Saturday afternoon, when following a limping, 7-0 dismissal from the Durham Challenge Cup at home to Stockton Town in midweek, Ian Chandler’s side were narrowly edged 3-2 in a local affair with Newton Aycliffe.
Victory for the visitors sent them into second place after both Stockton and Consett were held in their respective home games with Seaham and leaders Hebburn; Dean Thexton’s twentieth of the season gave Aycliffe the lead just after the half hour mark before Kyle Fryatt levelled on the stroke of half-time to send the sides in level, Bishops being reduced to ten men in-between when Callum Munro saw a straight red.
The second period saw the visitors take advantage of the extra man as Ryan Redford restored their lead early on before Darren Richardson headed home a corner and levelled for a second time, which lasted just a matter of minutes though as Aycliffe grabbed the points as Liam Jarvie raced through on goal to finish with fifteen remaining.
Consett and Hebburn Town produced a barnstormer of a game at Belle Vue, the two sides sharing eight goals in their top four clash, the visitors finishing with ten men as Louis Storey was dismissed in the latter stages. It would be the league leaders who opened the scoring, Ben Dibb-Fuller tapping home after just four minutes with Luke Carr levelling minutes later after a run and finish before taking an interval lead themselves through Dale Pearson.
The second period was but minutes old when Michael Richardson levelled followed by a Graeme Armstrong effort that spun the game on its head, and they still weren’t done. Three minutes after Armstrong had put the Hornets ahead, the Steelmen levelled, this time Jermaine Metz netting, Jack Robson restored the visitors’ advantage before Storey was dismissed for a second yellow. The scoring however was still not finished and, with stoppage time ticking over, the hosts’ nabbed an equaliser thanks to a deflected effort from Wouter Verstraaten.
Bishops neighbours, West Auckland, netted five as they saw off visitors Whitley Bay 5-1 with both Amar Purewal and Rees Greenwood bagging braces and North Shields won 4-1 at Guisborough, Cameron Cunningham bagging a brace for the victors.
The two remaining First Division matches would see Benfield edge visitors Thornaby 1-0 and high-flying Stockton were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Seaham Red Star.
Second Division leaders Redcar Athletic maintained their five point lead when winning 3-0 away to Washington after a second half brace from Connor Smith added to a quick-fire opener from Sam Webster, he netting with sixty seconds of the restart. Whilst West Allotment edged a narrow affair when home to Tow Law, Abu Salim with the games’ only goal to keep them in touch with the leaders.
With the majority of second tier games postponed Esh Winning edged a local affair at Chester-le-Street, all three goals arriving in the final fifteen minutes with Channon North netting what proved the winner and Newcastle University won 3-0 at home to Jarrow, Timmy Browne’s late brace adding to Niza Chilufya’s opener.
Next up for the Two Blues it’s the FA Vase and a home ‘Auckland Derby’ as the Two Blues welcome neighbours West Auckland on Saturday 6 November (kick-off at 3pm), the visitors having won three and drawn one of their last five outings and already holding a 2-1 victory over Bishops from late August’s league match.
SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER 2019 RESULTS
EBAC NORTHERN LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION
Ashington P Whickham P; Bishop Auckland 2 Newton Aycliffe 3; Consett 4 Hebburn Town 4; Guisborough Town 1 North Shields 4; Newcastle Benfield 1 Thornaby 0; Shildon P Billingham Town P; Stockton Town 1 Seaham Red Star 1; Sunderland RCA P Penrith P; Sunderland RCA P Northallerton P; West Auckland 5 Whitley Bay 1
EBAC NORTHERN LEAGUE SECOND DIVISION
Billingham Synthonia P Birtley Town P; Brandon United P Durham City P; Chester-le-Street 1 Esh Winning 2; Crook Town P Bedlington P; Heaton Stannington P Easington P; Newcastle University 3 Jarrow 0; Sunderland West End P Ryton & Crawcrook P; Washington 0 Redcar Athletic 3; West Allotment Celtic 1 Tow Law Town 0; Willington P Carlisle City P