Last-gasp strike’s a sickener for Seaham Red Star

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SEAHAM Red Star missed the chance to go top in Division Two of the Ebac Northern League when they lost by the odd goal in three to fifth-placed West Allotment Celtic last night, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

David Dorman fired Celtic ahead on 31 minutes, but, midway during the second period, Adam Johnston (pictured) swept in Red Star’s equaliser.

It appeared that Mark Collingwood’s team had done enough for a point, but, in the 90th minute, Liam Hudson split the Star defence and Shaun Reid hit the winner.

Birtley Town remain out in front, closely followed by North Shields, who are a point behind with a game in hand.

The Robins maintained their prolific scoring form in a 4-0 win at Ryton and Crawcrook Albion where Dan Hindmarch (2), Keith Douglas and Dean Walker took their team’s total from six games to 28.

Esh Winning are leaking goals and have now conceded 29 times – more than any other side. They lost 5-1 to Darlington RA, who romped into a five-goal lead courtesy of Alan Ramsbottom (2), Sam Grainger, Stephen Butterworth and Stephen Allison before Scott Kelly claimed a last-minute consolation.

Brandon United went down 4-1 to Alnwick Town, for whom Alex Makin, Jake Lowes, James Jackson and Dale Kennedy beat goalkeeper Daniel Peterkin. Owen Lancaster hit Brandon’s reply.

In Division One, Newcastle Benfield claimed only their second point from six games but were unlucky not to take all three at Dunston UTS, whose goalkeeper, Andrew Grainger, was in superb form.

Michael Riley converted a Stephen Bowey cross for Benfield’s opener, and they went two up through Paul Brayson, who scored with a direct free-kick from 20 yards.

Gary Shaw threw Dunston a lifeline, then Danny Craggs earned UTS a point in stoppage time.