Rampant Town destroy RCA

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SUNDERLAND RCA were hit for six by rampant West Auckland Town in last night’s EBAC Northern League First Division game.

Neil Hixon’s side could hardly have made a worse start than conceding two goals in the opening six minutes.

After just a couple of minutes, John Campbell drove past debutant goalkeeper Scott Young from 15 yards and soon afterwards Adam Wilkinson scored his first goal for West, heading in a corner.

Stuart Banks made it three when he was put in the clear on 28 minutes before Mattie Moffat scored the goal of the night with a superb volley into the roof of the net.

Moffat then added a fifth goal before the interval with another great finish and although RCA cut the deficit with a brace from Brian Close, West ended an excellent night’s work as Peter Bulmer completed the scoring in the 89th minute. It was also his first goal for the team.

Relegation-threatened South Shields held Durham City to a draw at Filtrona Park. Ollie Hotchkiss delivered a good free-kick onto the head of James Oates after 62 minutes and three minutes later the Mariners equalised with Liam Henderson striking from close range.

Billingham Town must be wondering what hit them during the second half of their game at Ashington. Andrew Johnson fired the Colliers in front on 11 minutes but soon afterwards Nicky Martin restored parity to raise the hopes of the Teessiders.

But Ashington completely dominated the second period to finish 8-1 winners with further goals from Marc Walton with a hat-trick, Andrew Johnson (2), Paul Antony and Matthew Grieve.

Whitley Bay’s hopes of ending third receded with a second consecutive defeat, this time at the hands of Bishop Auckland who also have their eyes fixed on a top-three finish.

Andrew Johnson broke the deadlock on 76 minutes, converting an Aaron Wearmouth cross and in the final minute Craig Hodgson’s strike went in off the post. It was Bishops’s first win over Whitley in 14 attempts since 2006.

Hebburn Town continue to struggle and they haven’t won in 11 games after going down to Dunston UTS. Wayne Gredziak was an early scorer for the South Tynesiders but once again Andrew Bulford was in top form with a hat-trick.

Team Northumbria continued their climb up the table with victory over Consett at Belle Vue Park where Mark Fenwick scored the only goal with just 14 minutes left on the clock.

Celtic Nation and Newton Aycliffe shared the points in a 1-1 draw. James Earl (pen) had the Cumbrians in front before Martin Young drove in the equaliser from 15 yards.

In Division Two, Birtley Town moved further away from the drop zone but Esh Winning remain in a precarious position after Scott Oliver’s side emerged winners by the odd goal in three.

Luke Wilson and James Allsopp fired Birtley two goals up and it was not until the last minute that Rhys Kenny converted a penalty for the visitors.

Alnwick Town moved off the bottom and ahead of Horden CW with a crucial win over Tow Law Town. Tony Brown and Daniel Thompson were the match-winners.

Morpeth Town, meanwhile, maintained their challenge for promotion with victory at Chester-le-Street where Michael Chilton (pen) and Steven Anderson were on target.

Jarrow Roofing strolled into the third round of the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup with a four-goal romp at home to Whitehaven.