Seaham Red Star go third after dramatic finale

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SEAHAM Red Star moved into third place in Division Two with an exciting victory at Tow Law Town, who were reduced to 10 men in the 40th minute when Scott Thompson was sent off.

Shortly afterwards, Carl Thorpe headed Seaham in front and the score remained 1-0 until the 86th minute.

Adam Pinkney equalised with a well-taken free kick and a minute later Anth Lee appeared to have the game for the Lawyers.

Incredibly, Lee Kerr levelled almost immediately and in the very last minute Adam Johnston fired in the winner.

Red Star are now only two points behind Jarrow Roofing, who drew a six-goal thriller at Whickham.

Andy Appleby and Stuart Nicholson had Richie McLoughlin’s side two goals up but the Glebemen turned the tables and led 3-2 by the 82nd minute, courtesy of Craig Robson and twins David and Mark Fitzpatrick.

The game was two minutes into added time as Daniel Kirkup headed in Roofing’s equaliser and the point means they are now four points adrift of leaders North Shields.

Brandon United eased their position near the bottom of the table with victory over Darlington RA at Brinkburn Road.

David Webster’s 25-yard free kick flew past Brandon goalkeeper Chris Sawyer and after Kevin Hamilton restored parity, Alex Grocott (og) had Brandon in front.

Sam Grainger equalised but Brandon caused an upset with Mark Ferguson’s late winner.

H Washington reached the semi-finals of the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup but were taken to the wire by bottom-of-the-table Ryton and Crawcrook Albion.

The only goal came in the ninth minute when Paul Wardle lobbed goalkeeper Kevin Quigley.

The Newtowners will now be at home to Heaton Stannington.

H Only three games in Division Two are scheduled for tonight. North Shields will attempt to stretch their lead over Jarrow Roofing but could find it difficult against improving Thornaby at the Daren Persson stadium.

West Allotment Celtic and Heaton Stannington meet in a top five Tyneside derby. A win for Celtic would lift them above Seaham Red star into third place while the Stann are also very much in the promotion mix because they have several games in hand on the four teams above them.

At the bottom, Esh Winning need to defeat Birtley Town after Brandon United’s unexpected success last night.