Shildon manager Gary Forrest believes that the Railwaymen’s defence is the platform for success after they beat fellow Ebac Northern League First Division title challengers North Shields 2-0 at Dean Street on Saturday
The Railwaymen have improved their defence this season, and Forrest said; “We’ve kept nine clean sheets in the league this season, and at any level of football that takes some doing. We looked solid against Shields, and that’s thanks to the central defensive pairing of Carl Jones and Gary Brown.
“They’re playing well together, and throwing themselves in front of everything. All the other players have the same attitude, and that is a good foundation.”
Shildon took the lead after 12 minutes when Bobby Moore scored from a Ben Woods cross, and they could have added further goals before half-time.
Dean Holmes hit the Shildon bar in the second half, but Paul Connor flicked the ball into the net from a right wing corner for the second.
North Shields manager Andy Bowman said; “I thought we did well, but a bit naïve. We kept the ball well and tried to play football but their experience showed and hit us in both halves.”
Durham City won 2-0 at Norton & Stockton Ancients.
Durham won thanks to two late goals. Callum Patton made a good run into the box and set up James Fairley to fire into the corner, then Jason Blackburn and Patton combined to send Fairley running through for the second.
Durham have had to postpone Tuesday night’s home game with Jarrow Roofing , and switch their Saturday game with Sunderland RCA because of an undisclosed issue with their New Ferens Park ground.
Norton manager Deano Browne said; “It was a poor game which I thought lacked quality as both teams cancelled each other out. We struggled to break down a resolute Durham defence and they hit us on the break with five minutes to go. It was a difficult defeat to take.”
Durham manager Ian Chandler said; “I was happy to get the three points in the end. I thought it might have been one of those days when we missed chance after chance throughout but finally got the two goals late on.”
Morpeth Town are hot on Shildon’s heels, after they had an excellent 2-0 away win at champions Marske United.
Dominant Morpeth had a goal disallowed before they took the lead when Sean Taylor scored from a left wing cross, and they missed several more chances before Micky Chilton headed the second. Taylor missed two chances to complete his hat-trick.
Marske manager Carl Jarrett said; “We were beaten by a far better team.”
Morpeth manager Nick Gray said: “It was a great professional performance. If it had been five, a good Marske team couldn’t have complained.”
West Auckland Town’s position at the bottom is looking more precarious after they were beaten 2-0 at home by Jarrow Roofing.
The visitors took the lead when Paul Chow scored from a Corey Barnes free-kick, and 9 minutes later, Chow scored his second from another Barnes assist.
Anthony Hume went close for West in the second half, but they had John Seaton dismissed for two yellows late in the game.
West are six points adrift of safety, and three points behind second bottom Bedlington.
West Auckland manager Andy Campbell said; “We’re not giving ourselves a chance. I’m not sure of the message is sinking in with some of our players, they don’t help themselves. I accept the stick, but the players must also take their fair share.”
Jarrow Roofing manager Richie McLoughlin said; “We played better and had a great first half. These are three good points.”
Washington’s unbeaten league start came to an end when they were beaten 4-2 at Sunderland RCA, who leap-frogged over them into fourth.
The RCA took an early lead through Michael Charlton’s effort, then Joe Melvin fired the second from a Stephen Callan assist. Connor Okus pulled a goal back with a header for Washington before half time.
Melvin restored the RCA’s lead at the start of the second half, but Washington pulled one back through Chris Winn. However, right at the end, Adam Drysdale got the fourth from a Callen pass.
Sunderland RCA manager Marty Swales said; “It was a great win, I was delighted with the boys in a big derby game. I thought we were the better side throughout. It’s been a great week for us, playing three top sides and coming out undefeated. I am delighted for the lads and the club. I just hope we can keep the run going.”
Washington manager Steve Hutchinson said; “We gave some sloppy goals away, one in the first minute. We can’t do that and expect to win games.”
Dunston UTS bounced back to form with a 3-1 home win over Consett.
Dunston started really well, and former Consett player Scott Martindale scored from a free kick, then Malky Morien won possession deep inside the Consett half then ran through and scored the second. Steve Richardson hit the bar with a header for Dunston before Morien headed the third.
Morien hit the bar before half-time. Consett improved in the second half, and pulled a goal back when Michael Sweet scored from eight yards.
Dunston UTS manager Billy Irwin said; “It was a great performance especially in the first half. We need to build on it now.”
Consett manager Colin Myers said: “Dunston wanted it more than us in the first half. They were very good and I can’t take anything away from them, they were simply better than us all over the pitch. They sat back in the second half which allowed us to be better but overall they controlled the game from start to finish.”
Newton Aycliffe won only their second home game of the season when they defeated Newcastle Benfield 3-1 at Moore Lane.
Benfield took the lead midway through the first half through, but Aycliffe levelled just before half time with a header by Ashley Coffey from a corner.
Stuart Banks fired Aycliffe into the lead on 55 minutes, then Coffey sent Paul Garthwaite running through and slot in the third.
Benfield have now dropped to fourth bottom.
Newton Aycliffe manager Peter Dixon said: “I think we’ve played better this season and lost. It took us until the second half to get going.”
Ashington won their second away game in four days when they won 3-1 at West Allotment Celtic.
The home side took the lead with a Sean McRoberts penalty after 53 minutes, but Ashington equalised with a header by Ben Harmison. Lee Scott put Ashington 2-1 up from close range, then Kyle Oliver set up Andrew Johnson for the third.
Ashington assistant-manager Ian Skinner said; “It was a good game of football between two sides looking to play good football. There wasn’t a lot in the first half, we went 1-0 down and that made us step up our game. We moved the ball well and scored three, and possibly should have scored two more but for their goalkeeper.”
Whitley Bay came from behind to win 3-2 at Seaham Red Star.
Liam McBryde opened the scoring for Seaham in the opening minute, but Whitley equalised through Liam Hudson.
Dan Robinson again put Seaham in front, only for Adam Shanks to level from the spot. But with 15 minutes left, Shanks headed the winner.
Seaham manager Mark Collingwood said; “We were rubbish, they were rubbish as well, but we were worse.”
Whitley Bay manager Paddy Atkinson said; “There were some tired legs in the first half and we conceded two goals. Our counter attacks paid dividends by scoring twice before half time. The second half was a tired affair from both teams with Seaham playing long balls and Whitley Bay football, but we scored the winner from a setplay.”
Second-bottom Bedlington Terriers came back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 at Penrith.
The Cumbrians looked set when Nathan Waterston scored from a Martyn Coleman pass, but Marc Dummett equalised.
Ben Jackson put them 2-1 up at half time, then Sam Bell headed in a rebound. But Marc Walton pulled one back from the edge of the box, then Adam Harvey fired the equaliser from 20 yards.
In the Second Division, South Shields have now won seven successive league games after former Sunderland midfielder Julio Arca inspired them to a 4-0 victory at second bottom Esh Winning.
They took the lead inside the first minute when Lewis Teasdale scored from Andy Bulford’s pass, and it was 2-0 when Ben Riding scored with a 30-yarder.
They got their third on 19 minutes when the brilliant Arca beat two men and hit the bar with a shot, and Teasdale knocked in the loose ball.
Shields got their fourth with 11 minutes left when Arca curled a free-kick into the net from 25 yards out.
Esh Winning manager Chris Blakelock said; “We did great to be honest. Both clubs are miles apart in terms of finance but we were competitive and the only difference was the quality in terms of goals. Julio Arca ran the game and scored a superb free-kick, and sometimes you just have to hold your hands up. Our lads are starting to settle down and I’m sure we are going to pick up points.”
Shields are now five points clear because second placed Chester-le-Street were beaten 2-1 at home by Tow Law Town.
Chester took the lead after 54 minutes through Kevin Dixon but Lawyers hit back.
Glenn Caygill fired the equaliser, and then the same player headed the winner to put his side ninth in the table.
Chester-le-Street manager Colin Wake said; “This wasn’t the way we wanted to end our unbeaten run but we ran out of players and legs. We were down to the bare bones due to injuries picked up on a Thursday night game which didn’t allow us to recover or find replacements. That said we took the lead but then conceded two goals from setpieces which are uncharacteristic. Disappointed on today, but proud of the lads for the run they put together.”
Tow Law manager Steve Murray said; “I’m delighted for the club and the supporters. It was fully deserved, we’re making progress.”
Sunderland Ryhope CW scored a last minute winner to give them the points at Alnwick Town.
They led 3-0 early in the second half with goals by Josh Home-Jackson (2) and Chris Trewick, but Alnwick came roaring back with goals by Tony Brown (2) and David Brown.
But Ryhope recovered and won the game in the last minute with a goal by Damien Stevens that took a huge deflection off an Alnwick defender.
Darlington RA are level on points with Ryhope, thanks to an excellent 4-1 away win at Team Northumbria.
Sam England set up Kerry Hedley to slot the RA into the lead, but David Dormand equalised for Team North from 25 yards.
Jim Wilson helped the ball on for Hedley to put the RA ahead again, then the same combination opened up the Team North defence for Hedley to score with a left foot shot to complete his hat trick. Wilson then cleverly dribbled through and scored the fourth.
Darlington RA manager Warren Moncur said; “It was an even game with Team North having lots of play, but we looked fast on the break and caused them problems as well as keeping a solid shape.”
Billingham Synthonia returned to form by scoring three times in the first half to beat Willington at Central Avenue.
Chris Lawther headed Synners into the lead from a Mattie Osmond corner then he fired the second from a Steven Roberts pass. Lawther then helped on a corner for Osmond to score. Synners are now up to eighth in the table.
Willington manager Gary Innes said; “We had a poor first half, I was disappointed.”
Brandon United are now into tenth place following their win over Crook Town, Ben Trotter scoring the winner.
Brandon have now won their last four matches.
Brandon manager Lee Jewitt said; “It was a very important win. We dominated the game from the first whistle to the last, but Crook were resilient. In the end, we ground them down and simply outworked them. We ran out worthy winners.”
Crook manager Gary Anderson said; “I thought we were very poor. We didn’t compete and we let Brandon control the game. I would have taken 0-0 which I think looked likely to end up until Brandon scored a well-worked goal.”
Thornaby are now in seventh place thanks to a 4-0 away win at Birtley Town, Curtis Edwards (2), Nathan Steel and Danny Lofts getting the goals.
Thornaby manager Paul Edwards said; “It was a deserved three points. We dominated for 80 minutes, I was really pleased.”
Easington Colliery were the day’s top scorers with a 7-1 away win at Ryton & Crawcrook Albion after being 4-0 up at one point.
Willie Paul (2), Bryan Norton (2), Aidan Heywood, Chris Pearson and Joe Kerridge were their scorers. Ryton’s consolation came from Will Forsyth.
Stokesley SC continue to concede goals at an alarming rate, and they have now conceded 75 in the league after losing 6-0 at home to Billingham Town.
Chris Dickinson and Gary Redman both scored two apiece, with Stewart Bath and Craig Hutchinson scoring the others.
Stokesley manager Craig Winter said; “It was an awful performance. The attitude of certain players is appalling. If they don’t start listening, then they can leave the club.”
Billingham Town manager Barry Oliver said; “I was very pleased with our all-round performance, the only disappointment was that we didn’t score more goals. I thought the link up play between Chris Dickinson and Craig Hutchinson was top drawer, Stokesley couldn’t live with either of them.”
Hebburn Town came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Heaton Stannington.
The home side led with two goals by Lewis Burns, but Hebburn hit back through James Talbot and Shaun Ready.
Heaton Stannington assistant-manager Geoff Walker said; “It was disappointing to draw the game after going 2-0 up early on, then tanking our foot off the pedal to let them back in the game to make it 2-2 at half-time. Second half we had a good spell but couldn’t find the winner although they missed a great chance. We had three new lads involved and they did well, so I’m sure we’ll pick up.”
Hebburn manager Scott Oliver said; “It was a really open, entertaining game. We showed good character to come back from two goals down. We continue to miss great chances.”
Northallerton Town, under the caretaker managership of Dion Raitt, picked up a point in a goalless draw at Whickham.