Northern League: Ryhope CW put up another good fight, but leaders North Shields seal quickfire double

Sunderland RCA (red) take on Dunston UTS at Meadow Park on Saturday. Picture by Kevin Brady
Sunderland RCA (red) take on Dunston UTS at Meadow Park on Saturday. Picture by Kevin Brady
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Ryhope CW could not prevent North Shields from maintaining their grip on the First Division title race on Saturday.

The Robins preserved their five-point lead with a 2-0 home success against Gary Pearson’s battlers, who had lost 2-1 to North Shields at home seven days earlier.

Gareth Bainbridge opened the scoring on 32 minutes with a great 25-yard free-kick, which gave visiting goalkeeper Ryan Graham no chance, and, in the 56th minute, Ryan Carr raced on to a pass and rifled the ball home to clinch the win.

Robins boss Jon McDonald said: “We are the only unbeaten team in the league and, after 15 games we are still ahead of the big boys, but there are still 27 games to play, so let’s see where we are when the run-in to the end of the season begins.”

Struggling Washington were beaten 2-1 by Whitley Bay, who moved into mid-table with their win.

The home side took the lead after five minutes with a penalty, after Adam Shanks was pushed in the box and Callum Patton stepped up to convert the spot kick.

It was 2-0 four minutes later, when Patton played in Kyle Fryatt and his shot from 15 yards went under keeper Dale Connor.

Washington did not play well, but they pulled a goal back on 67 minutes through Mark Costello’s header, which looped over keeper Tom Flynn, but Bay comfortably held on for the win.

Sunderland RCA lost 2-1 at home to Dunston UTS, who recorded only their fourth win of the season with a 2-1 triumph.

With neither side able to penetrate in the first half, UTS opened the scoring in the 54th minute when James Luccock scored a neat goal from close range, beating keeper Sam Guthrie.

RCA equalised in the 75th minute when a Colin Larkin volley gave Daniel Capewell no chance in goal.

However, Dunston snatched victory on 86 minutes, when Dale Burrell turned in a free-kick at the back post to claim the points.

Seaham Red Star’s fine run of form ended with a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle Benfield.

Chris McCabe’s men never got into their stride and Mark Turnbull opened the scoring for the home side after 36 minutes, unleashing a fierce swerving shot, which left keeper Shaun Newbrook stranded.

Paul Brayson added a second when he gathered the ball and fired his shot into the net and substitute Jake Trodd completed the scoring with a neat finish.

Chester-le-Street shared the points in an entertaining 2-2 draw with visitors Jarrow Roofing.

Roofing struck on 26 minutes, when Adam Purewal’s neat deflection beat keeper Wilson following a left-wing cross.

The Cestrians equalised with 20 minutes to go when Lee Mole converted a penalty, following a foul on striker Dominic Laws.

Three minutes later, they went in front when Mole scored his second penalty of the game. Roofing, though, levelled in the last minute, when Paul Chow scrambled the ball home.

Andrew Johnson (2) and Ian Ward struck as Bishop Auckland beat Guisborough 3-1 as they warmed up for this weekend’s FA Cup trip to Stockport County.

Marske United’s game at Penrith was delayed until 5pm, but doubles from Danny Earl and Jamie Owens clinched a 4-2 Marske win.