Northern League: Lynch on fire with hat-trick as Seaham Red Star hit Whitley Bay for six

Ryhope CW (red) take on North Shields on Saturday. Picture by Kevin Brady
Ryhope CW (red) take on North Shields on Saturday. Picture by Kevin Brady
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Seaham Red Star maintained their magnificent form to stay fifth in Division One after crushing Whitley Bay 6-1.

Former Sunderland forward Craig Lynch was the hero for Chris McCabe’s side, bagging a first-half hat-trick.

Lynch flicked home on 16 minutes and doubled their lead on 26 minutes, netting from the penalty spot.

It was 3-0 as Lynch completed his hat-trick, when sliding the ball past goalkeeper Flynn.

Lee Hetherington added a fourth Red Star goal a neat volley, but Bay pulled one back five minutes later through a Kyle Fryatt tap-in.

On 72 minutes, David Paul volleyed home to make it 5-1 and Robbie Bird completed the rout, when he followed up after a good save by Flynn.

Sunderland RCA gave big-spending South Shields a scare at Mariners Park, going two goals ahead before being pegged back for a 2-2 draw.

Nevertheless, Shields lost ground on leaders North Shields

The Wearsiders opened the scoring in the 40th minute, when Greg Swansbury headed home from a corner and Martin Swales’ side doubled their lead after half time, when in the 68th minute Ross McNab fired a free-kick past goalkeeper Liam Connell.

Shields looked in trouble as Dillon Morse was sent off for fouling Callum Hassan in conceding the free-kick.

A minute later however, Shields pulled a goal back after Gavin Cogdon shot shot past goalkeeper Sam Guthrie.

With five minutes left, sub Julio Arca scored a fantastic equaliser from 25 yards to make it 2-2, giving Guthrie no chance, to salvage a point.

North Shields lead the division by five points, after they won 2-1 at Ryhope CW.

The visitors were awarded a penalty in the 35th minute and Lee Mason stepped up to score with ease, but Ryhope equalised just after half-time, when Thomas Bott beat goalkeeper Kyle Hayes.

The winner came courtesy of another penalty, with 10 minutes remaining. Robert Taylor, on as substitute for Mason, converted to deny Gary Pearson’s impressive battlers.

Chester-le-Street slipped to the bottom of the table after a 3-0 defeat at Marske United.

United opened the scoring in the 51st minute when Glen Butterworth’s low shot beat goalkeeper Jack Wilson at his near post.

They doubled their lead, after Wilf Dinsdale was brought down by Chris Stephenson, as Danny Earl scored from the spot. Earl raced clear to add the third.

Washington remain fourth bottom after losing 3-1 at home to Penrith.

After a goalless first half, the Cumbrians took the lead when Martyn Coleman finished well after good work from Matthew Reed.

Two further goals inside four minutes clinched the points, as Grant Davidson thundered home from 25 yards, giving goalkeeper Pickering no chance and Coleman scored his second after a Reed shot had hit the post.

Washington’s consolation came on 74 minutes, when Mark Davison headed home after great work down the left by Anthony Callaghan.

West Auckland managed to secure only their second win, 3-1 at Jarrow Roofing.

Adam Preston scored the first of his hat-trick on seven minutes, slotting home a long through ball.

Michael Mackay cut in from the left to level, but Preston tapped home a second, as Matty Moffat went one on one with the keeper, then made it three, smashing home from close range.