Melvin rescue act as Ryhope hit bag for a point in Consett pea-souper

Josh Home-Jackson (red) gave Ryhope CW an early lead at Consett.
Josh Home-Jackson (red) gave Ryhope CW an early lead at Consett.

Joe Melvin grabbed a late leveller as Ryhope CW secured a hard-earned Ebac Northern League Division One draw at Consett last night.

Ryhope made the perfect start when Josh Home-Jackson opened the scoring after only three minutes, his header creeping over the line.

The Wearsiders maintained their advantage until half-time as the mist descened on the Belle View Stadium, but, 11 minutes after the break, Jordan Lavery curled home a superb 20-yarder after being set up by Jack Elliott’s crossfield ball.

Consett piled on the pressure and stormed in front, with 10 minuted to go, courtesy of an accurate Danny Craggs header.

But battling Ryhope hit back to equalise, just two minutes later, with Melvin beating keeper Ross Coombe from a tight angle.

The only other game in Division One, between Sunderland RCA and table-toppers Morpeth Town, was abandoned due to poor visibility as the pea-souper fog took its toll at Meadow Park.

The game was halted seven minutes into the second half and, despite the referee allowing time to take another look, the conditions did not improve.

Mark Davison had struck for Morpeth after 13 minutes, sidefooting home Joe Walton’s pass, and the visitors doubled the lead from Ben Sayer’s corner, with an own goal at the near post as Walton looked to pounce.

RCA keeper Neal Bussey made an outstanding save to deny Davison his second.

In Division Two, Billingham Town lost 3-0 at high-flying Northallerton, who closed the gap on leaders Tow Law to only two points.

Elliot McGlade, Nicholas Martin and Liam Jarvie scored, while Northallerton’s Josh Keogh was sent off for two yellow cards.

Thornaby played out a 0-0 draw at home to Ryton and Crawcrook Albion.

Whitley Bay were comfortable 3-0 winners in their FA Vase second qualifying round replay against Billingham Synthonia.

Tom Potter opened the scoring with a 17th-minute penalty. Jack Walker doubled their lead, and Matty Cornish made the game safe on 69 minutes.

In the TWR Bifolds Wearside League, Hebburn Town Reserves leapfrogged the five teams above them to go to the top after a 4-2 win at home to Darlington Reserves.

Hebburn’s Harry Simpson opened the scoring after only nine minutes. Darlington equalised through Niall Smith, but Ryan Bolam soon put Hebburn 2-1 up.

Josh Houghton and Daley Clarke increased Hebburn’s lead to 4-1 before Joey Smith pulled one back late on.