(Images courtesy of John Coulson)
A 2-1 win on the road at Northallerton on Saturday afternoon meant the Two Blues are unbeaten in three for the first time this season (two wins, one draw), a result which saw the side move into ninth in the table, twelve points off leaders Hebburn Town.
It was a game that swung on the despatching of two penalties from Bishops captain Michael Hoganson, after falling behind to a first half effort from close-range by Town’s David Hillerby; the visitors though went into the break level however when Hoganson buried his first spot-kick (following a foul on Callum Munro) of the afternoon, it arriving minutes after he’d sent a free-kick sailing over the crossbar from twenty-plus yards.
A much quieter second half, substitutions withstanding, was lit up, for the away fans at least, in the last minute with Hoganson’s second of the game, this time Chris Winn, who’d come on earlier in the half, was fouled and the Bishops captain fired home low into the bottom corner for the win.
First Division leaders Hebburn maintained their seven point advantage at the top although they’ve played five more than second placed Stockton, and four more than fourth placed Newton Aycliffe, who are ten adrift.
Hebburn and Aycliffe both collected victories whilst Stockton were held at home to Consett, who themselves are sandwiched into third spot; Graeme Armstrong opened the scoring for Hebburn in their five-goal thriller at Whickham, the striker netting from the spot before Carl Finnigan equalised ten minutes later the sides going in level at the break. The restart was minutes old when Michael Richardson restored the visitor’s advantage and Lewis Suddick added another within five minutes, the hosts pulling back for a nervy finale with a goal from Ross Peareth from close range, the Hornets holding on for the points.
Stockton were held when hosting Consett, the two sides sharing four goals as Jamie Owens and Michael Roberts notched for the hosts, Dale Pearson and Luke Carr replying, Roberts’ goal earning a share of the spoils in the last minute whilst Aycliffe left it late to defeat visiting Whitley Bay as well, all three goals arriving in the second half after the Bay led through Josh McDonald, Samuel Reed levelled proceedings with a little over ten remaining and Dean Thexton buried a stoppage time penalty for the win.
Elsewhere in the First Division there was five goals at Ashington, four of which came in the first half, as the Colliers overturned an early setback to see off visitors Ryhope CW 3-2, Damien Stevens popping up with the winner midway through the second period, and four at Benfield as they were held 2-2 by Guisborough Town with all the goals arriving in the final thirty minutes, three in a hectic last eight.
Redcar continue to head up the Second Division, by four points but having played a game more, from West Allotment, and seven clear of Ryton & Crawcrook, all three winning at the weekend.
Redcar saw off their hosts Newcastle University 3-2 as Connor Smith scored one, and missed from the spot for the leaders; Shane Jones scored three for West Allotment as they won 5-1 at home to Bedlington; and Scott Jasper netted the only goal of the game for Ryton as they won 1-0 away to Tow Law.
There was also big wins for Carlisle City, 3-0 at Brandon United, Robert McCarthy netting twice, and a local derby at Esh Winning saw visitors Durham City claim a 4-2 win, Channon North with a brace for Esh, Callum Banki replying with two for the victors including a 93rd minute penalty as victory moved them level on points with both Esh Winning and Brandon United at the foot of the table.
SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2019
EBAC NORTHERN LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION RESULTS
Ashington 3 Ryhope CW 2; Newcastle Benfield 2 Guisborough Town 2; Newton Aycliffe 2 Whitley Bay 1; Northallerton 1 Bishop Auckland 2; North Shields O Billingham Town 1; Shildon 1 Seaham Red Star 1; Stockton Town 2 Consett 2; Sunderland RCA 1 West Auckland 1; Thornaby 3 Penrith 0; Whickham 2 Hebburn Town 3
EBAC NORTHERN LEAGUE SECOND DIVISION RESULTS
Billingham Synthonia 2 Crook Town 1; Birtley Town 2 Easington 1; Brandon United 0 Carlisle City 3; Chester-le-Street Town 2 Jarrow 1; Esh Winning 2 Durham City 4; Newcastle University 2 Redcar Athletic 3; Tow Law Town 0 Ryton & Crawcrook 1; Washington 0 Sunderland West End 2; West Allotment Celtic 5 Bedlington Terriers 1; Willington 2 Heaton Stannington 2