The Two Blues got back to winning ways in emphatic fashion at the weekend, warming themselves up nicely for an upcoming cup match against Stockton Town (home, Wednesday, Durham Challenge Cup) and a local affair with nearby Newton Aycliffe (home, Saturday).
At The Glebe Bishops fell behind to an early goal from striker Andrew Bulford, a lead which the Lang Jacks held until ten minutes before the break when the returning Darren Richardson unleashed a 35-yarder before Kyle Fryatt sent the visitors in with the lead with his first afternoon, firing low past the home keeper.
The second period would see Ian Chandler’s side build on their interval lead and, just after the hour mark Fryatt intercepted a loose ball to slide home his second and, with the clock having passed into injury-time, he would compete his hat-trick having rounded the home ‘keeper and tapping home, much to the delight of the travelling support.
Hebburn’s 3-0 home win over Sunderland RCA saw them maintain a seven-point advantage at the top although Stockton, in second, have five games in hand, they losing 1-0 at Sunderland RCW. The leaders were made to wait until the final fifteen minutes before opening up their visitors, Ben Dibb-Fuller doing the damage with a brace whilst Graeme Armstrong also notched whilst Jack Dean scored the only goal of the game on Wearside as RCW kept themselves ahead of the relegation pack with a much-needed three points.
At Dean Street however visitors Consett would leapfrog their hosts and into third place, they defeating Shildon 3-0, Dale Pearson firing an early brace to which Jake Orrell added to just before the hour.
(Kyle Fryatt, above, grabbed a hat-trick as his Bishops side saw off hosts Whickham 4-1)
Elsewhere Aycliffe claimed a narrow win on Teesside, Northallerton edged their hosts Penrith whilst there were goal-fests at North Shields and Thornaby, both hosts winning; Shields saw off visiting Benfield 4-2, Kyle Patton with a hat-trick for which two of his goals arrived in stoppage time, and Thornaby won an eight-goal thriller against ten-man Ashington, with two penalties to his name Adam Preston would fire a four-goal salvo whilst Harry Newton notched twice for the Colliers.
In the Second Division Redcar Athletic continue to the set the pace at the top when defeating visitors Brandon United 1-0, Connor Smith with the only goal of the game on the stroke of half-time for that five point lead, although they have played several games more than West Allotment, who won 3-2 at Birtley, and Ryton, who edged a home game with Heaton Stannington.
A brace from Gilberto Chapim kept Celtic in the hunt whilst a solitary first-half goal from Jack Cooper saw Albion home; the game at Carlisle saw the hosts see off visitors West End 4-3, Robert McCartney with a first-half brace for the Cumbrian outfit whilst the derby between Durham City and Tow Law saw the sides share the spoils in an eight-goal thriller, and with eight different scorers – Yrus Kehi, Harry Stansfield, Brandon Morrison, and a penalty from Anthony Chapman, netted for the Citizens whilst the Lawyers replied through Jeff Smith, Matty Moffatt, Adam Knowles and an own-goal.
Upcoming for the Two Blues are back-to-back home games with, firstly, on Wednesday night, KO 7:45PM, Heritage Park hosts a Durham Challenge Cup First Round tie with First Division high-fliers Stockton Town whilst on Saturday afternoon, KO 3PM, neighbours Newton Aycliffe make the short trip to Bishop Auckland having won four of their last five matches, their only blemish being a narrow reverse at leaders Hebburn Town.
SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 2019 RESULTS
EBAC NORTHERN LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION
Billingham Town 0 Newton Aycliffe 1; Hebburn Town 3 Sunderland RCA 0; North Shields 4 Newcastle Benfield 2; Penrith 1 Northallerton 2; Seaham Red Star 0 West Auckland 3; Shildon 0 Consett 3; Sunderland RCW 1 Stockton Town 0; Thornaby 5 Ashington 3; Whickham 1 Bishop Auckland 4
EBAC NORTHERN LEAGUE SECOND DIVISION
Crook Town 3 Willington 0 (Friday); Birtley Town 2 West Allotment Celtic 3; Carlisle City 4 Sunderland West End 3; Durham City 4 Tow Law Town 4; Esh Winning 2 Newcastle University 2; Jarrow 2 Billingham Synthonia 0; Redcar Athletic 1 Brandon United 0; Ryton & Crawcrook 1 Heaton Stannington 0