Fall guys Red Star slip up at rivals Northallerton

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SEAHAM Red Star last night suffered a second successive defeats when they went down 3-0 at Northallerton Town, who leap-frogged them into third place in the Ebac Northern League Second Division.

Grant Hickman headed in a Gavin Parkin free-kick of the opener on 36 minutes, but it wasn’t until the final few minutes that Seaham’s hopes of saving the game ended.

In the 86th minute, Parkin drove past Shaun Newbrook from 20 yards and, in the last minute, Stephen Banks hit an unstoppable shot from 25 yards which gave Newbrook absolutely no chance.

At the other end of the table, Ryton and Crawcrook Albion remain second bottom after losing 3-1 to Brandon United, who jumped four places with the victory. Kevin Hamilton was a first-half marksman for Brandon, but Michael Watson levelled on 49 minutes.

Brandon then went 3-1 ahead with two goals in four minutes by Luke Wilson and Hamilton.

Shildon moved back into pole position in Division One, but they were flattered by the 4-2 scoreline against Consett, who played exceptionally well and were unlucky to lose.

The Steelmen drew first blood with Luke Sullivan’s 24th-minute strike and after Mark Hudson restored parity from the penalty spot, Sullivan was again on target with a great shot into the top of the net.

Immediately after the restart, Hudson levelled and after Ben Wood took advantage of a defensive lapse to put the Railwaymen in front, Shildon made it four through Paul Connor.

Dunston UTS ended Newton Aycliffe’s unbeaten home record when they enjoyed a 3-0 romp, but Aycliffe played for 84 minutes with 10 men after having Wayne Thwaites sent off for denying a goalscoring opportunity.

The Tynesiders quickly made their numerical advantage count with three goals by the hour mark, thanks to Danny Craggs, Michael Dixon and Nick Kane.

Bedlington Terriers, who conceded seven goals at the weekend, crashed 4-0 at Billingham Synthonia, whose marksmen were Nathan Porritt, Michael Sweet, Matthew Osmond and Chris Hughes.