North’s Star on the rise

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SEAHAM Red Star are back in contention for one of the three Northern League Second Division promotion places following an outstanding performance at Morpeth Town, who started the night just above their visitors.

Channon North, who hit a hat-trick on Saturday, was again in scoring form as he gave Red Star a 27th-minute lead.

Before the interval, Alan Pegram also beat goalkeeper Jak Wells and in the last minute Chris Goss completed a comprehensive 3-0 victory.

The Star are now up to sixth, eight points behind third-placed Jarrow Roofing.

In Division One, FA Carlsberg Vase semi finalists Shildon were rocked at Bedlington Terriers who romped to an 8-1 victory – despite conceding a fourth-minute lead to an Adam Johnston penalty.

From then on, though, it was one-way traffic with man-of-the-match Mark Doninger rifling four goals while Paul Brayson, Phil Bannister, Andrew Leason and Martin Brittain also beat goalkeeper Keith Finch.

Spennymoor Town maintained their challenge for honours on four fronts when they reached the semi-finals of the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup with victory over Sunderland RCA.

The only goal came in the opening half when Anthony Peacock set up Craig Ruddy and he made no mistake.

Moors will meet Dunston UTS, who emerged unscathed against Second Division West Allotment Celtic. Ben Cattanach was an early marksman and two minutes into the second period Michael Robson doubled UTS’s lead.

H Chester-le-Street aim to make home advantage count when they meet Northallerton Town tonight in the Third Round of the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup.

The Cestrians, whose game at the weekend was postponed, have no fresh injury concerns but Lewis Brown and Ian Davison will need to have their fitness assessed before kick-off.

A boost for manager Colin Wake is the return of Tony Burnell and Nick Gibson, who would have missed Saturday’s game.

Jarrow Roofing are also at home to Brandon United and manager Richie McLoughlin reports that neither Liam McBryde nor Michael Chapman can play because of work commitments. A blow is the news that Andy Appleby could miss the remainder of the season because of injury.

In the Ebac Northern League First Division, Consett will take another step towards safety if they defeat Marske United at Belle Vue Park.

The Steelmen are one place above the Seasiders with three more points and four games in hand.

Billingham Synthonia and Newcastle Benfield will be bidding for a place in the semi-finals of the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup when they meet at the Glamal Stadium. The winners will play either Bishop Auckland or Whitley Bay whose Fourth Round tie was called off last night.

Birtley Town boss Scott Oliver reckons his side is just about safe from the threat of relegation going into tonight’s Second Division game against Alnwick Town, who are third from bottom.

Although they lost at the weekend, Birtley have slowly moved away from the drop zone in recent weeks.

Tow Law Town’s fixture with Horden CW was called off yesterday with the Ironworks Road ground still under snow.