RYHOPE CW received an unexpected boost in their bid for the Ebac Northern League Second Division championship on Saturday when Washington surprisingly defeated second-top Northallerton Town in a seven-goal thriller.
Fortunes ebbed and flowed throughout the afternoon with the Newtowners just edging the title contenders with goals by Michael Latimer (2), Chris Tate and Daniel Young. Wayne Gredziak, Adam Emson and Carl Chillingsworth replied.
Ryhope, 4-3 winners at Morpeth on Friday, are eight points clear of Northallerton.
Chester-le-Street hit Esh Winning for six at Chester Moor Park.
Mark Patterson bagged a brace with Michael Robson, Lewis Lynch, Michael Hepplewhite and Reece Weir also beating keeper Andrew Spence. Craig Mickle claimed a consolation for Esh.
Birtley Town went down to the only goal scored by Michael McKeown at North Shields, who, following an indifferent start, are now in a challenging position for one of the three promotion places.
At the other end of the table, Horden CW are in the bottom three after losing to Whickham whose marksmen were Jordan Larty, Joseph Dankworth and Sam McIntosh. The Colliers’ only reply came as Lee Bishop rounded goalkeeper Scott Cresswell after being set up by Andrew Upperton.
Darlington RA are now only two points behind second-top Northallerton Town but they were taken to the wire before seeing off a strong challenge from lowly Ryton and Crawcrook Albion. The only goal was scored by Jimmy Muir deep into added time.
Jarrow Roofing went nap at home to West Allotment, who were first to score courtesy of Shaun Reid. Daniel Smart and Darren Palmer both bagged a brace with Daniel Carson also on the mark for Richie McLoughlin’s side.
In Division One, Sunderland RCA are just above halfway after being held to a draw at Billingham Town.
Michael Dunwell fired past goalkeeper Neal Atkinson in the opening half and in the second period David Southern levelled from the penalty spot.
The Teessiders missed the opportunity to claim all three points when Glen Butterworth blasted a penalty high and wide 20 minutes from time.
Darlington 1883 made it 17 wins in 18 games to maintain an eight-point lead at the top. Stephen Harrison and former Durham City players David Dowson and Amar Purewal were their match-winners. Whitley Bay’s sole reply came from Chris Fawcett.
Spennymoor Town boast the only unbeaten record and they’ve conceded just two points out of a possible 45 after hitting neighbours Bishop Auckland with a four-goal defeat. Anthony Peacock, Michael Laws, Chris Lawson (og) and Stephen Capper took Moor’s goals tally from 15 games to an impressive 50. Just as important is the fact they’ve leaked a miserly five goals.
Bedlington Terriers were comfortable winners at South Shields where Mark Doninger, Philip Bannister and Paul Brayson struck before Peter Kane claimed a consolation for the Mariners.
Hebburn Town moved into fourth position with victory by the odd goal in seven at home to Marske United. Tony Stephenson (2), Liam McBryde and Paul Gardner were the matchwinners with Chris McGill (2) and David Onions responding.
The shock result of the day was West Auckland’s 2-1 defeat by Newton Aycliffe.
Stuart Owen and Danny Craddock scored for Aycliffe, who moved off the basement while West’s solitary success was credited to Elliott Gardner. Victory would have moved Auckland into fourth place.