Rae of hope for title-chasing Celtic Nation

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CELTIC Nation returned to the top of the Ebac Northern League First Division with a crucial victory over Morpeth Town at Craik Park last night, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

The Cumbrians were taken to the wire by their bottom six opponents, though, and an only goal midway through the second half was all that separated the sides at the final whistle.

Morpeth belied their lowly position but on 65 minutes former Spennymoor Town striker Michael Rae glanced a header from a Nathan Luscombe corner past goalkeeper Stephen Mundy.

A draw was a fair result between Dunston UTS and Consett.

It was against the run of play when the Steelmen went ahead on 31 minutes.

Ace marksman Michael Mackay broke down the left and rolled the ball past goalkeeper Liam Connell from the corner of the penalty box.

Within a minute, Dunston’s Luke Gilhespy hit the post and almost immediately Michael Dixon drove in the equaliser following good work by Gary Shaw and Nicky Kane.

Billingham Synthonia scored first through Michael Sweet but went down2-1 at Guisborough Town for whom former Synners’ player Danny Johnson scored both his team’s goals to take his tally for the season to an impressive 31.

Newcastle United Reserves reached the semi finals of the Techflow Northumberland FA Senior Cup with a 3-1 win at Northern League Second Division high-fliers North Shields who took a seventh-minute lead at the Daren Persson Stadium courtesy of Keiran Wrightson. Adam Campbell (2) and Macaulay Gillesphey were the Magpies’ matchwinners.

H Second Division promotion hopefuls Seaham Red Star have bolstered their squad with the signing of Dean Nicholson from Jarrow Roofing.