Lifeline is far too late

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STL Northern League

MEADOW Park was the venue for one of only four STL Northern League First Division games to be played on Saturday but it was not a successful return to action for Sunderland RCA.

Two early goals gave South Shields a platform for victory and although Joe Walton threw Neil Hixon’s side a lifeline, his strike came too late to save the game.

Chris Winn went past defenders and slotted the ball wide of goalkeeper Gary Hoggeth on 22 minutes and soon afterwards Lee Paul Scroggins volleyed home from 20 yards.

There was just a minute remaining as Walton headed in a cross by debutant John Toft but the Mariners resisted stoppage time pressure for a 2-1 victory.

In Division Two, Horden CW failed to prevent promotion candidates Guisborough Town from completing a double.

Luke Bythway, David Onions and Lee Bythway had the visitors comfortably ahead before Tom Gavin claimed a consolation goal for the Colliers.

Two goals in the final 20 minutes rescued a point for Washington against Crook Town, who were in control with strikes from Martin O’Riordan and Andrew Appleby inside the opening 13 minutes.

Nicky Martin reduced the deficit and eight minutes from time Ian Davidson converted a penalty.