DURHAM City missed the chance to go third in the Ebac Northern League First Division last night and instead it is Bedlington Terriers who are behind leaders Marske United and North Shields after they defeated the Citizens 2-0 last night.
Colin Morton beat City goalkeeper Gareth Young from close range for the hosts’ opener, and Dylan Williamson made it two when one-on-one with the ‘keeper.
Ross Wilkinson threw Ian Chandler’s side a lifeline but Terriers held on for their fourth win.
Crook Town paid the penalty for having Paul Greenwell sent off after 50 minutes when they lost 3-1 to visitors Dunston UTS.
Scott Fenwick struck in a goalmouth scramblem but, despite going down to 10 men, Crook equalised through Jason Brazauskas.
Andy Bulford restored Dunston’s advantage on 85 minutes and, deep into added time, Dale Burrell converted a penalty clincher to seal a sixth successive win in league and cup.
An only goal by Tom Marron, after 53 minutes, was sufficient for Guisborough Town at home to Shildon, who would have gone top had they won.
In Division Two, Birtley Town came from behind to draw 1-1 with Willington, whose marksman was Dean Hanson. Kai Hewitson levelled.
Brandon United remain bottom, still without a win following eight attempts, after succumbing 3-0 at Stokesley SC, for whom Steve Roberts (2) and Shaun Mackin netted.
Thornaby had Craig Winters and Keiron Edwards sent off in the last five minutes and conceded the winner to Norton and Stockton Ancients, for whom Rocky Andrews fired in an 86th minute penalty.