Durham on the up

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DURHAM City moved into sixth position in the Ebac Northern League First Division when they defeated morning leaders Shildon with a last-gasp winning goal on Saturday.

The result cost the Railwaymen their place at the top of the table.

Mark Hudson gave the home side the lead with a 34th-minute penalty, but, before the interval, City were ahead with strikes by Denver Morris and Joe Hughes.

Hudson levelled at 2-2 after 72 minutes and, with time running out, a draw looked the likely outcome but, in added time, Craig Hindmarch crashed in the winner.

Spennymoor Town are the new leaders following a comfortable victory over Whitley Bay in front of a crowd of 420 at the Brewery Field.

Excellent work by Joe Walton opened up the opportunity for Liam Henderson to beat goalkeeper Jonathan Ball after 35 minutes and early in the second half Henderson was the provider for Gavin Cogdon, who lifted the ball over the keeper.

Cogdon then set up Andrew Stephenson, who drilled a shot into the bottom corner of the net, and there were only four minutes remaining as James Novak reduced the Seahorses’ deficit to 3-1, curling a 22-yard free-kick into the top corner.

Ashington are third – their highest position so far – following another excellent performance and result.

They roared to victory at home to Newton Aycliffe when Andrew Johnson scored a hat-trick, with three headers, and Marc Walton also found the net.

Billingham Town are still pointless following 14 attempts, but the Teessiders will take encouragement from their performance against Dunston UTS, who were taken to the wire before winning 2-1.

Michael Dixon and Jonny Wightman had them comfortably two goals ahead, but, when Ricky Phillips reduced the deficit with a cracking goal, Billingham were in with a chance. The Tynesiders withstood late pressure and they remain fifth-top.

Despite scoring first through Davey Brown, Bedlington Terriers succumbed to Martin Swales’ Bishop Auckland, for whom Robert Moncur, with a brace, and Shaun Tarling scored in 20 second-half minutes.

Team Northumbria remain fourth from bottom, just a point ahead of Morpeth Town.

A hat-trick by Luke Sullivan and goals from Scott Canham and Calvin Smith earned Consett an easy away win, with the hosts managing only two goals in reply, courtesy of Lewis Storey and Peter Watling.

After taking only one point out of their previous four games, Seaham Red Star returned to winning form and are just two points outside the promotion places in Division Two.

Mark Collingwood’s team just edged second-bottom Esh Winning by the only goal, scored by Connor Winter, who side-footed past goalkeeper Ryan Graham after 20 minutes.

Birtley Town are sixth, just a point behind Red Star after they enjoyed a four-goal romp at home to Thornaby. It wasn’t until the 52nd minute that Curtis Copping broke the deadlock, but, from then on, the floodgates opened and further goals flowed from Callum Hope, Daniel Taggart and Copping.

Despite a lack of goals, Chester-le-Street and Stokesley SC produced an entertaining game, while Washington’s recent revival ended at Northallerton, who moved into second position with Darren Kokes and Danny McLachlan sealing a 2-0 win.

Heaton Stannington extended their lead at the top to three points with a 4-2 victory over Whitehaven.