CROOK Town last night stunned much-fancied Shildon to claim their first win since gaining promotion to Division One of the Ebac Northern League, writes MALCOLM PRATT.
Former Shildon player Warren Byrne struck into the bottom corner following a cross by the outstanding Robbie Bird. Before the interval, Crook went two up when Bird drove into the top corner after being set up by Adam Nichols.
Bishop Auckland staged a game-saving rally at Guisborough Town.
Michael Roberts volleyed past Bishop goalkeeper Scott Pocklington on 34 minutes before the hosts had Gary Wood. Despite their numerical disadvantage, Guisborough doubled their lead early in the second half as Roberts was first to pounce after a Danny Johnson free kick rebounded from the bar.
Bishops eventually fought their way back with ex-Guisborough player Luke Bythway reducing the deficit with a strong shot on the hour mark.
Nine minutes later, sub Daniel Riley equalised. Despite pressing against 10 men late on, Bishops were unable to find a winner.
Morpeth Town were crushed 6-1 by Penrith, for whom Martyn Coleman hit four, while Billingham Synthonia were walloped 4-0 by Newton Aycliffe. Danny Earl (2), Danny Lambert and Jamie Owen scored
In Division Two, ruthless North Shields routed Whitehaven 10-0. Gareth Bainbridge struck five times, backed by Dan Smart (2), Keith Douglas (2) and Joe Elliott.
Andrew Blackburn hit Brandon United’s consolation in a 5-1 loss to Norton, who enjoyed Gary Mitchell’s hat-trick, while Scott Thompson and Lewis Wing notched for Tow Law as they succumbed 4-2 at Northallerton. Lawyers had William Kelly sent off two minutes from time.
Newcomers Heaton Stannington pipped West Allotment Celtic 3-2 thanks to Jonathan Wright’s superb hat-trick.