(Images courtesy of Peter Jackson)
Going into the game the Two Blues were unbeaten in their previous four matches in all competitions, however, that all came undone when away to North Shields, the hosts wrapping up a comfortable 3-0 win.
A goalless first half gave the Two Blues hope of stretching that run to five but experience counted for the Robins as, with the second just minutes old, they were in front courtesy of a header from Wayne Buchanan.
Visiting shot-stopper, Nicky Liversedge, has certainly kept the County Durham side in games this season and his abilities kept the score down at North Shields as well, pulling off a number of quality saves including one to prevent Cam Cunningham doubling the hosts’ lead.
That lead was increased late on though as the mercurial Paul Robinson chipped home and, with minutes ticking away, it had to be Denver Morris, most recently with the Two Blues, who wrapped up the scoring – Robinson and Morris having played for Ian Chandler during those spells at Whitley Bay.
Talking of Whitley Bay, they fell to a 2-1 reverse at home to Shildon, and that after taking an early lead through a Brad Hird penalty but it wasn’t until the second half that the visitors would get back into the game, Danny Craggs eventually netting with a header after missing several chances prior before Ben Trotter volleyed home what proved the winner.
There were two Teesside derbies for football fans to enjoy, Billingham Town edging Thornaby 1-0, Craig Hutchinson with the only goal of the game shortly before the break to earn the top six side all three points whilst at Guisborough, they were undone by visiting Stockton.
Presently holding a strong second spot in the First Division, the Anchors’ Kevin Hayes proved the decisive factor as he scored one and earned the penalty for the other. Hayes was brought down early in the second for a penalty which was converted by Jamie Owens and, by the time they did manager number, they could have been out of sight, the woodwork coming to the hosts’ rescue on several occasions.
As the game ticked into the final ten minutes Hayes would get himself onto the scoresheet to double his sides’ lead before one of their former players, Sonni Coleman, pulled one back moments later, the visitors holding on for the points.
Elsewhere leaders Hebburn Town remained ahead of the pack with a 2-1 home win over Newton Aycliffe as Sam Dibb-Fuller and Graeme Armstrong netted for the Hornets, Dan Thexton keeping the visitors in with a shout when pulling one back late on whilst there was other 2-1 successes around the league in Ashington who were away to Northallerton, Penrith home to Whickham, and West Auckland in a local affair with Consett.
A strong second half showing from Newcastle Benfield saw them collect all three points when at Ryhope CW, this coming after Michael Rae had missed a first half penalty, Dennis Knight despatching when awarded a second twenty minutes after the break, minutes later and Cyril Giraud doubled Benfield’s advantage with a header before Peter Glen-Ravenhill made sure of the points with twenty minutes to go when adding number three, Benfield now within touching distance of breaking into the top ten.
Redcar Athletic maintained their four point lead atop of the Second Division as the top three all claimed comfortable victories on Saturday, West Allotment and Ryton & Crawcrook also winning.
Jordan Rivis notched a brace for Redcar as they heaped more misery on Birtley Town whilst free-scoring Celtic scored four without reply at Esh Winning, Matthew Hayton with a hat-trick and first half efforts from Jamie Dunn and Jack Cooper gave Ryton the points when home to Brandon.
Heaton Stannington, presently fourth, find themselves seven adrift of Ryton in third, the chasing pack hoping someone in the top three begins slipping to narrow the gap as both they, and fifth-placed Chester-le-Street also won as Danny Sayer scored twice for the former in their 3-0 win at Sunderland West End and the latter saw off visiting Willington 3-2, Michael Hepplewhite with a brace for the Cestrians.
And the fifty plus hardy football fans who decided to take in Easington against Tow Law Town were treated to an eight-goal spectacle, the hosts winning 5-3, two of which came from the spot.
Jack Pounder scored twice for the hosts, early in the first and late in the second to keep his sides’ momentum going, Rhys Turnbull and Jake Dunn adding to the first half haul which saw them lead 3-2 then, the visitors having replied through Dale Milburn, with the first penalty, and Lewis Teasdale.
It would be Teasdale with his second of the afternoon who opened the second half scoring shortly after the restart to level at 3-3, Pounder restoring the lead with twelve minutes to go and, as stoppage time was being eaten into, Simon Todd netted from the spot for the home sides’ fifth of the afternoon.
SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER 2019
EBAC NORTHERN LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION RESULTS
Billingham Town 1 Thornaby 0; Guisborough Town 1 Stockton Town 2; Hebburn Town 2 Newton Aycliffe 1; North Shields 3 Bishop Auckland 0; Northallerton 1 Ashington 2; Penrith 2 Whickham 1; Seaham Red Star 2 Sunderland RCA 2; Sunderland Ryhope CW 0 Newcastle Benfield 3; West Auckland 2 Consett 1; Whitley Bay 1 Shildon 2
EBAC NORTHERN LEAGUE SECOND DIVISION RESULTS
Bedlington Terriers 2 Billingham Synthonia 1; Carlisle City 4 Washington 2; Chester-le-Street 3 Willington 2; Crook Town 0 Newcastle University 2; Durham City 0 Jarrow 2; Easington 5 Tow Law Town 3; Esh Winning 0 West Allotment Celtic 4; Redcar Athletic 3 Birtley Town 0; Ryton & Crawcrook 2 Brandon United 0; Sunderland West End 0 Heaton Stannington 3