Fog rules out play at Peterlee

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ALTHOUGH snow has rarely been a problem, frost and waterlogged pitches have caused a number of postponements during the season but last night it was fog which resulted in South Shields’ Ebac Northern League Second Division game against Ryton and Crawcrook Albion being called off at Peterlee.

Heaton Stannington are assured of fifth place after defeating fifth-from-bottom Alnwick Town. Ace marksman Jonathan Wright rifled a hat-trick with Anthony Johnson also on target for the Stann. Alnwick twice levelled through Keiran Hogg and Tony Brown (pen).

There was little to enthuse about in the goal-less draw between Penrith and Dunston UTS. The Cumbrians thought for a moment they had snatched victory in the 90th minute but Grant Davidson’s effort was disallowed.

Tonight, two sides will be more relaxed when they meet in the First Division.

On Monday, Bedlington Terriers’ tenure was secured with Team Northumbria’s defeat while West Auckland Town’s lingering championship hopes finally ended when they were held to a fifth consecutive draw.

Morpeth Town were also too near the bottom for comfort but unlike Bedlington, their safety was confirmed a few weeks ago. They are at home to Marske United who are one place and a point below the Northumbrians.

Whitley Bay manager Leon Ryan will be going all out for three points against Guisborough Town at Hillheads. The Seahorses’ results have been encouraging since Ryan took over from Ian Chandler some weeks ago.

In Division Two, Brandon United are third-bottom but safe. They host Tow Law Town in their penultimate game with Ryton and Crawcrook Albion and Esh Winning fighting it out to avoid the wooden spoon and possible relegation.