SEAHAM Red Star were on a high going into Saturday’s Second Division game with Hebburn Town, but came down to Earth with a bump.
Hebburn Town finished comfortable 3-0 winners. Dean Nicholson was a first-half marksman and early in the second period Seaham were chasing the game following Dean Walker’s strike. In the last minute, Nicholson converted a penalty.
Red Star are fourth from bottom and Horden CW third from the basement following their draw at Brandon United.
Jack Honour raised the hopes of the Colliers with his goal on 70 minutes, but Mark Costello levelled for Brandon, who remain second from bottom.
Washington are another struggling side and although Keith Foster reduced a two-goal deficit at Chester-le-Street, the Newtowners failed to find an equaliser.
Mark Davison headed the Cestrians in front on 38 minutes and two minutes later Liam Mence headed into his own goal when attempting to clear.
Andrew Appleby was an early marksman for Crook Town, but after Michael Dickinson restored parity for Birtley Town, Ben Richardson scored their winner just after the interval.
North Shields’ 20-match unbeaten sequence ended at the hands of Whitehaven at the Daren Persson stadium, Graeme Lilly scoring the only goal.
The Robins stay third and Guisborough Town are second following their draw with Whickham, who led through Craig Rook until the 94th minute, when David Onions levelled.
The top-four clash between Team Northumbria and leaders Newton Aycliffe was called off.
In Division One, two former Bedlington Terriers players were prominent when Sunderland RCA shared the points in a six-goals thriller.
Paul Talbot headed into his own net and Keith Graydon scored twice for RCA, whose other marksman was Joe Walton. Alex Benjamin and Mark Convery also struck for Terriers.
The three leading sides all won. Shildon bounced back following two consecutive defeats, overcoming West Allotment Celtic with strikes from Daniel Richmond (2), Craig Price and Sam Garvie.
Second-top Consett also won by a four-goals margin. Their scorers against Dunston UTS were Gavin Barton (2), Jonjo Dickman and Jamie Poole.
Spennymoor Town remain third. A brace of goals from Adam Johnston had them comfortably ahead, but they had to withstand late pressure from Billingham Synthonia following the sending off of Callum Griffiths.
At the other end of the table, it’s only a question of time before Ryton’s relegation is confirmed.
They suffered a 33rd defeat in 34 games, when South Shields enjoyed a five-goal romp, with Chris Winn, Stephen Ramsey, Liam McBryde, John Ryan and David Colvin all on the mark.
Esh Winning have a mountain to climb if they are to avoid the drop.
Second half goals from Mattie Moffat (2) and Stuart Banks resulted in another defeat at West Auckland Town.
Bishop Auckland are now in the bottom three after losing to rival strugglers Stokesley at Heritage Park.
Despite scoring three times courtesy of Dan Hawkins, Wayne Gredziak (pen) and Darren Richardson, Bishops conceded five to David Turner, David Wells, Anthony Hume, Carl Lilly (pen) and Brian Stewart.