Aycliffe triumph, but weather’s the only real winner

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THE horrendous weather played havoc with last night’s Ebac Northern League programme, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

Three games did not start and two were abandoned at half-time.

Newton Aycliffe just beat the elements and saw off a strong challenge from Marske United in their First Division game.

Harrison Davies drove past Marske keeper Robert Dean, but Jamie Poole levelled with a header. Jamie Owens restored Aycliffe’s advantage before Dan Lambert equalised.

It looked certain to end in a 2-2 draw, but Dan Mellenby was left with a simple tap-in for Aycliffe’s late winner.

Shildon led Dunston UTS 2-1 when the referee called a halt after 45 minutes. Paul Connor and Ben Wood fired Shildon into a two-goal lead before home keeper Lewis Graham conceded an own goal when he was troubled by both the wind and rain.

Spennymoor Town were saved a journey to Guisborough by their call-off and Crook Town’s fixture at Morpeth Town was also a casualty.

North Shields managed to stage their Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup tie against Esh Winning and reached the third round with a 2-0 victory.

The Robins made a dream start as Philip Robinson slotted home from a cross by Dean Walker. Early in the second period, a defence-splitting pass by John Hook put Dan Smart through and, after rounding goalkeeper Tom Orton, he fired into an empty net.

Darlington RA were leading Willington 3-2 when the tie at Hall Lane was abandoned. Wayne Gredziak, Stephen Allison and David Webster netted for the visitors, with Jason White and an own goal accounting for Willington’s two strikes.

Brandon ’s home tie with Heaton Stannington was postponed early in the day because the pitch was already waterlogged.