Northern League: Ten-man RCA pipped by Fenton winner for Shildon
Sunderland RCA put up a good fight before going down 1-0 to Shildon in one of just two First Division games on Saturday.
The Railwaymen’s victory took them into second place, three points behind Morpeth Town, with two games in hand.
RCA, who also lost to Shildon in midweek, remain ninth in the table.
After a goalless first half, in which Shildon’s Anthony Peacock hit the bar, RCA’s Adam McGuinness received his marching orders for a second yellow card in the 55th minute.
Four minutes later, Cameron Fenton scored the winner to steer Shildon home to their sixth win out of six away from home.
RCA are back in action tomorrow night, at home to leaders Morpeth Town, while neighbours Ryhope CW visit Consett.
Morpeth were held to a 2-2 draw away to Guisborough Town, who rescued a point deep in stoppage time.
Lee Bytheway gave Guisborough the lead early in the second half, heading home a corner, but Liam Henderson levelled, getting a flick on Sean Taylor’s overhead kick.
Wayne Phillips soon put Morpeth 2-1 up with a fierce 12-yard strike, but Lewis Maloney’s free-kick somehow found its way through to level it up at the end.
Esh Winning moved up to ninth place in Division Two, thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win at Alnwick Town.
Callum Boakes (26 minutes), Kieran Day (32) and Reece Brown (85) did the damage as Esh picked up their fifth win of the campaign, only two short of their tally for the entire 2016-17 campaign.
Easington Colliery remain sixth-bottom after a 2-0 defeat at home to Ryton & Crawcrook Albion, who moved into mid-table with the win.
Harry Mitchell headed home both goals, making the breakthrough by nodding home a 20th-minute corner and doubling the lead 10 minutes from time, with a header from another flag-kick.
James Connor had an effort cleared off the line for Easington when it was still 1-0, while home keeper Kyle Donaldson made some good saves to deny Ryton a bigger victory.
Brandon United pushed themselves away from the relegation area, with a fine 3-1 home win over West Allotment Celtic.
Jack Pounder gave the lead on 27 minutes and the prolific VinnyGash scored a brace, on 30 and 65 minutes, to make it 3-0.
Shaun Reay scored a late penalty consolation for the visitors, four minutes from time.
Darlington RA drew 1-1 at home to Heaton Stannington, with Glenn Donaldson and Jake Turnbull the respective marksmen.
Crook Town’s match against Billingham Town was postponed, due to on-going groundworks on the Millfield Ground pitch.