Marske crowned champions as Shildon miss out on first title since 1940

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THERE was a dramatic twist in the race for the Ebac Northern League title last night when red-hot favourites Shildon were held to a draw by Bedlington Terriers – and Marske United were crowned champions.

The Railwaymen needed all three points to nudge ahead of Marske and after Bedlington conceded six goals to relegated Celtic Nation at the weekend, Shildon appeared to have the championship in the bag.

But Terriers, who end the season in sixth-bottom spot, produced possibly the biggest upset of the season.

Lee Scott beat the offside trap and fired them into a 32nd-minute lead and although Billy Greulich Smith levelled just past the hour mark, Shildon gave it everything but were unable to claim a winning goal – and a first title since the 1939-40 season

Marske, champions for the first time, ended on 90 points, one ahead of Shildon.

Bishop Auckland completed their season with a 1-0 defeat at Penrith, for whom Richard Faustino lobbed goalkeeper Scott Pocklington with 10 minutes on the clock.

* As reported in Monday’s Echo, Brandon United have been saved from relegation in Division Two. Celtic Nation, who ended second-bottom of Division One, have resigned which means that no side will be relegated out of the league. Wearside League runners-up Easington Colliery will fill the vacancy.