FORMER Sunderland Nissan manager Wilf Constantine was in charge of Billingham Town for the first time when they met Durham City in Division One at New Ferens Park on Saturday.
Constantine managed a full complement of 16 players – compared to only seven who suffered a humiliating 14-0 defeat in their previous game – but the outcome was the same, a heavy defeat, and he has a lot to do if he is to steer the Teessiders out of the relegation zone.
Whether Constantine’s experience will work remains to be seen. For most of the game the Teessiders were outplayed and conceded five goals to Ian Ward (2), Jordan Galloway, Scott Fenwick and Matthew Scott.
Sunderland RCA remain in the bottom six but will take heart from holding top-six side Dunston UTS to a draw.
Stephen Goddard was an early marksman for Billy Irwin’s side before Kyle Fryatt levelled prior to the interval.
Championship favourites Spennymoor Town have won 11 times so far, but they have failed to come out on top in no fewer than six games.
Their latest setback was at Whitley Bay, who surprisingly won with a single goal from Chris Fawcett 10 minutes from time. The game at Hillheads attracted a bumper crowd of 447.
Shildon took advantage to stretch their lead over Jason Ainsley’s side to six points, although Moors have four games in hand.
Goals by Paul Connor, with a hat-trick, Lee Paul Scroggins, Mark Hudson (pen) and Craig Ruddy saw Shildon hit Billingham Synthonia for six. The visitors managed two in reply from Michael Sweet and Theo Furness.
Celtic Nation were on cup duty, but Ashington failed to replace them in third place when they were beaten 2-1 at Crook Town. Kyle Davis bagged a brace for Crook before Andrew Johnson replied.
West Auckland, the only unbeaten side, leaked a surprise last-minute equaliser to lowly Team Northumbria, who had gone in front courtesy of Peter Watling.
Dennis Knight and Mattie Moffat appeared to have won the game for West, but, in the 90th minute, Peter Glen-Ravenhill levelled.
Hebburn Town remain deep in trouble at the bottom of the table with just two points from a possible 54. Their latest defeat came at the hands of rampant Consett, for whom Michael Mackay (2), Luke Sullivan and Andrew Cuthbertson scored.