SEAHAM Red Star moved out of the bottom three in Division Two of the STL Northern League with victory at Morpeth Town last night, writes MALCOLM PRATT.
Lewis Turnbull was a first-half marksman and, after Connor Andrews levelled, Red Star finished strongly, with Robbie Bird and Jonathan Monaghan securing a 3-1 win.
Chester-le-Street’s hopes of a top-six finish suffered a setback as visitors Northallerton won 3-1. Robbie Draper replied to strikes from Grant Hickman, Darren Mowbray and Gary Shardha.
Third-top North Shields are back on track for promotion, with top scorer Keith Douglas (2), Jonathan Hall and Femi Akinbolu sinking Whitehaven.
Although it is not over yet, it would be a major surprise if Spennymoor do not retain the First Division title.
Jason Ainsley’s side are eight points ahead following last night’s 3-0 victory at South Shields. Duncan O’Brien’s own goal opener was added to by Stephen Capper’s penalty – after keeper Josh Carmichael saw red for felling Gavin Cogdon – and Stephen Richardson, after a luckless deflection from the unlucky O’Brien.
Shildon are second, but they are out of the running after losing 3-2 at Dunston UTS, where Andrew Bulford’s superb hat-trick stole the show. Danny Richmond and Sam Garvie replied.
Lowly Jarrow Roofing lost 2-1 Bishop Auckland, for whom Wayne Gredziak and Dan Hawkins scored before Peter Watling replied.
Roofing are fourth from bottom, only three points ahead of West Allotment Celtic, who have two games in hand.
Esh Winning, relegated along with Ryton, suffered their 30th reverse in 38 games when Billingham Synthonia won 3-0, thanks to James Magowan (2) and Danny Earl.