GUISBOROUGH Town, who take on Ebac Northern League First Division championship favourites Spennymoor Town on Saturday, consolidated fourth place with victory against Whitley Bay at Hillheads last night, writes MALCOLM PRATT.
Paul Roddam headed home a left-wing corner after 24 minutes and, early in the second period, Bay’s Paul Chow levelled from a Steve Foster cross.
Within five minutes, however, Guisborough were back in the lead with an excellent volley by Michael Roberts.
Bedlington Terriers, who led the table after six games and were still in the top six following September’s programme, have only just escaped relegation.
Their top-flight status was confirmed with Team Northumbria’s defeat on Monday and Terriers end fourth from the bottom after going down 2-0 to West Auckland Town in their final game last night.
West, who did not include several of the side expected to play in next month’s FA Carlsberg Vase Final at Wembley, went ahead through Liam Henderson on 40 minutes. He converted a good move involving Ashley Coffey and Jonathan Gibson.
Bedlington were always in with a chance until almost the last kick of the game when Warren Byrne turned on the edge of the penalty area and fired into the net from 20 yards.
John Alexander was another last-minute marksman leading Marske United to a 2-1 victory at Morpeth Town. He gave the Seasiders a half-time advantage before Ryan Hutchinson restored parity with a direct free-kick.
In Division Two, Tow Law Town are assured of a top-half-of-the-table standing following a comfortable 3-0 victory at Brandon United, thanks to goals by Kai Hewiston (2) and Simon Ord.