Durham crash to heavy defeat

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DURHAM City endured a nightmare return to the Northern League, crashing to a 6-2 First Division defeat at rampant Bedlington Terriers.

It all started so well for Dickie Ord’s side, who were gifted an own-goal opener by Andrew Leason in the first minute.

From then on though, it was all downhill especially after Anthony Shandran equalised on 18 minutes.

Paul Brayson bagged a brace and Terriers went nap through Kris Gate and Lawrence McKenna.

Elliott Cutts claimed City’s second consolation, but Phil Bannister made it six just before the end.

Sunderland RCA had to settle for a point in a 2-2 home draw with Consett.

Calvin Smith was an early marksman for the Steelmen, but Sunderland RCA turned round ahead with a penalty by Mark Hudson and a Dale Jardine goal.

Michael Mackay levelled and although Hudson and Steven Jones went close in the later stages, Neil Hixon’s RCA men had to be content with a point.

Champions Spennymoor Town, who defeated Team Northumbria in the midweek Cleator Cup, claimed back-to-back wins over the newly-promoted side when Chris Mason, Anthony Peacock and Steven Richardson swept them to a 3-0 victory.

West Auckland were hard-pressed before pipping Newcastle Benfield 3-2.

Following Mattie Moffat’s first-half strike, Benfield rallied through John Alexander and Ian Graham.

There were only 11 minutes remaining when Moffat restored parity, then, three minutes from time, a magnificent 30-yarder from newcomer Adam Rundle earned West all three points.

South Shields broke new ground at newly-promoted Celtic Nation, who won 1-0 with Stephen Archibald’s strike.

Darlington 1883 made a winning start at Bishop Auckland, who led at the interval courtesy of Andy Johnson.

Arjun Purewal and David Dowson, together with Shaun Reay eased the Quakers to victory.