Easington Colliery well worth a shock point

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EASINGTON Colliery produced the shock result of the season in the STL Northern League Second Division when they held second-top Gillford Park to a draw in Carlisle last night, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

Paul Adamson’s bottom-of-the-table side were unquestionably the underdogs, having conceded 89 goals in 27 games, but the Colliers upset the form book with a tremendous battling performance earning a fully-deserved point.

Easington rocked the hosts by taking a 40th-minute lead as Peter Crawford’s fierce shot gave keeper Ian Milburn no chance.

Gillford mounted a wave of attacks, but the Easington defence, and goalkeeper Tom Courtney in particular, withstood all that was thrown at them until Matthew Lea claimed a late equaliser.

Brandon United are fourth bottom after losing 4-2 at Thornaby, who went three up inside 52 minutes. Scott Hind and Mark Ferguson notched for Brandon, who had Mark Brischuk sent off n.

Hebburn moved into the top six when Paul King and Alex Benjamin sank Whickham 2-0.

In Division One, Sunderland RCA climbed to second place, only a point behind West Auckland, after winning 2-0m at Marske United.

Adam McGuinness fired Neil Hixon’s side in front on 52 minutes before Joe Walton converted a penalty clincher.

John Campbell’s brace gave West Auckland a 2-1 win over Ashington, with Phil Bell replying.

Spennymoor are third and Whitley Bay fourth, despite crashing 1-0 to visitors Shildon last night, Chris Hunter grabbing a stoppage-time winner.

Dunston UTS remain fifth but they lost ground when Bedlington Terriers forced a 1-1 draw. The hosts relied on Andy Bulford to level Chris Carr’s opener.

Tow Law left it late before claiming a dramatic 2-1 victory over South Shields, who led courtesy of Stephen Ramsey until the 89th minute.

Mark Nixon levelled, then, in the last minute, Andrew Thompson’s deflected free-kick left keeper Jonathan Ball helpless.

Jarrow Roofing crashed 4-2 to resurgent Bishop Auckland, whose marksmen were Stephen Salvin, Darren Richardson, Craig Addison and Andrew Johnson. Chris Hughes and Anthony Myers replied.