Seaham Red Star let lead slip

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SEAHAM Red Star conceded a two-goal lead and in the end were grateful for a point at home to West Allotment Celtic in last night’s STL Northern League Second Division bottom six clash, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

The hosts went ahead after 10 minutes when Kevin Gordon’s shot was parried by goalkeeper Ryan Graham into the path of Jonathan Monaghan who made no mistake.

Gordon doubled his team’s lead 10 minutes later but almost immediately Gary Day reduced Celtic’s arrears.

Dean Lee restored parity, taking advantage of poor defending and before the interval Seaham trailed as Lee scored again.

Adam Drysdale fired past goalkeeper Aidan Ames to make the final score 3-3.

In Division One Dunston UTS are now third with victory at Tow Law, who remain second-bottom with just three points from a possible 30.

Once Michael Dixon fired UTS into a ninth-minute lead, the outcome was never in doubt and further goals flowed from Andrew Bulford and Stephen Preen.

Danny Brunskill’s last-minute goal earned Marske United a 2-2 draw against Bedlington Terriers for whom Mark Convery and Richard Flynn netted after Chris McGill had given the Seasiders a first-half lead.

Billingham Town beat Norton 2-1, thanks to Nicky Martin and Stephen Flockett.

Birtley Town went out of the Durham Challenge Cup at the Preliminary Round stage when Wearside League team Stockton Town won 1-0.

The STL Northern League Second Division hosts failed to take their opportunities and paid the penalty as Andrew Westwood struck in the 12th minute of extra time.

There was another close result at Filtrona Park, where South Shields erased a two-goal deficit in defeating Ryton and Crawcrook Albion.

Graeme Wilson and Ross Atkinson gave the visitors the lead but before the interval David Southern pulled one back.

With only 20 minutes remaining Alex Benjamin equalised and five minutes from time Dan Kirkup headed in the winner.

Whitley Bay exited the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup at West Auckland, who won 4-2.

Mattie Moffat (2), Adam Nichols and Martin Young were on target with Jonathan Gibson and Lee Kerr replying for the Seahorses.

Ashington will have home advantage over Vauxhall Motors in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.

They defeated Shildon 5-3 on penalties after the sides ended 2-2 after extra time.

Jamie Clarke converted two penalties but Shildon hit back through Wayne Gredziak and Chris Hughes.