THE relegation dogfight in the STL Northern League First Division is hotting up.
Last night, West Allotment Celtic moved out of the bottom three with an unexpected 4-0 success at Jarrow Roofing.
Richie McLoughlin’s Roofing side have been in good form but were unable to contain Celtic, who had David Malloy, Lee Hamilton, Paul Gardner and Martin Roper all on target before half-time.
Stokesley slipped into the drop zone after losing 3-1 at West Auckland, who had Dan Hindmarsh, Stuart Banks and Mattie Moffat on target. Banks was sent off on the hour, but West held on.
Ryton crashed 5-0 at Penrith, making it 137 goals conceded in 33 games.
Tow Law Town were beaten 3-0 at Billingham Town, whose marksmen were Marcus Laing (2) and Craig Norman, while Ashington and Newcastle Benfield drew 2-2. Jonny Godsmark gave the Colliers a flying start, scoring after just 12 seconds, but they needed an equaliser from the last kick of the match, from Damen Mullen’s free-kick, to rescue a point after conceding twice late on.
In Division Two, Marske United came from behind to rout Morpeth Town 7-1, Carl Charlton firing a hat-trick.
Hebburn lost to Kevin Connolly’s goal at Whitehaven.