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News: Non-League Day 2017 date announced

Non-League clubs across the country can start pencilling in the date of next season’s Non-League Day in their football diaries.

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Heaton Stannington 8-0 Darlington Railway Athletic (Simon Lansley)

Heaton Stannington 8-0 Darlington Railway Athletic

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Saturday 17th December 2016

The last game before Christmas saw manager Derek Thompson revert to a 4-4-2 with James, Fulcher and Holland replacing Williams, Johnson and Robinson. The loss of leading scorer Robinson was a massive blow as Blackett was also still missing meaning reliance on Yates and Jones up front. Right Back Ali Stoddart was making his 100th Northern League Appearance for the club. The visitors, in relegation trouble but buoyant from a win at Crook last week, included Dan Pigg and Chris Tarn who have 21 league goals between them this season. The pitch, which had caused the last 2 games to be postponed, looked heavy and started to cut up from kick off.  (more…)

Easington Colliery 2-0 Heaton Stannington (Kev Carling)

Easington Colliery 2-0 Heaton Stannington 

Thursday 11 August 2016

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After suffering exit from the FA Cup on Saturday, the Stan were keen to put things right at Easington where they kicked off their league campaign. The Stan Army were as ever out in good numbers with around 25 and Heaton Stan Harry making the visit to the Welfare Ground. Despite being the middle of August the weather had a distinct autumnal feel about it by the time Easington kicked off with a strong Westerly wind in their faces. There were competitive debuts for Dan Robinson and ex-player Sam Walton and from the bench for Abu Salim and Joe Robertson.  (more…)

Bedlington Terriers: Benjamin – We deserved all three points (Andrew McDonnell)

Benjamin – We deserved all three points

By Andrew McDonnell

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Alex Benjamin talking to Terriers TV

Alex Benjamin got back to scoring ways in the Northern League and claimed that his equaliser with the last kick of the game left a “good feeling” in the dressing room.

The 34-year-old felt that his side deserved “all three points” from the game with Sunderland RCA, but he hopes that the result can be the “catalyst” for a good run.

Benjamin said: “To be honest, RCA are a good team, but we showed the ability that we have got to match them, we have enough ability in our team to match anyone in the Northern League. (more…)

Northern League Round up ( Ray Simpson )

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.” (more…)

Match Report: Terriers Crash out of Vase after Extra-Time (Andrew McDonnell)

Terriers Crash Out of Vase after Extra-Time

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By Andrew McDonnell

Bedlington Terriers found themselves out of the FA Vase at the first hurdle after Durham City found two-goals in extra-time in their 4-2 win at Welfare Park.

Ryan Drane’s goal opened the scoring but Durham were level just before half-time when Callum Patton broke through and found the back of the net from a tight-angle. (more…)

News: Steelmen keeper Jeffries looks forward to Avenue FA Cup clash

Steelmen keeper Jeffries looks forward to Avenue FA Cup clash

“The biggest game in the club’s recent history” – that was the verdict of Consett AFC’s keeper Peter Jeffries as his side prepares to welcome Vanarama National League North club Bradford Park Avenue to County Durham.

“It’s a massive game for everyone at the club. Our manager Colin Myers (pictured below left in his time with Blyth Spartans) called it the biggest game at Consett for a long time and I think it is the biggest game in the club’s recent history. Bradford Park Avenue are a big club in non-league terms, a former Football League club too so it is a big occasion.

Hopefully there will be a big crowd and we can make it tough for them to come up here”

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