Heaton loss a bonus for Seaham Red Star

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SEAHAM Red Star will only clinch promotion from the Ebac Northern League Second Division if the teams who are also in contention drop points.

There was some good news for them last night when Heaton Stannington went down to Whickham at The Glebe.

Stephen Aiston broke the deadlock six minutes into the second half with an excellent goal. He flicked the ball over his marker and volleyed into the far corner of the net, giving Heaton goalkeeper Shaun Backhouse no chance.

Just before the end, Stann’s hopes ended as David Fitzpatrick drove home from outside the penalty area.

In Division One, two of the sides challenging for the championship dropped points. Spennymoor were close to defeat at Penrith who led through Ryan Hall and Connor Tinnion.

With only 16 minutes remaining, captain Chris Mason threw Jason Ainsley’s side a lifeline and four minutes from time Andrew Johnson levelled.

West Auckland Town went down to Morpeth Town, who are now safe from relegation.

Steven Anderson bagged a brace and Stephen Forster made it three at Craik Park before Steven Richardson hit a last-minute consolation.

Consett are the First Division’s leading scorers with 105 goals but they didn’t score in a goalless draw with Dunston UTS.

Bishop Auckland went out of the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup when Whitley Bay snatched an 87th-minute winner at Hillheads. Tom Bott struck from close-range but within 15 minutes John Butler lobbed goalkeeper Michael Hammon for the equaliser.

Bott was shown a second yellow card after 57 minutes and five minutes later Whitley went in front with a Paul Chow penalty.

With eight minutes left, Butler levelled from the spot before Chris Reid hit the late winner.

H Shildon will leap-frog Spennymoor and Celtic Nation into pole position in the ENL First Division if they defeat Guisborough at Dean Street tonight.

West Auckland Town, playing for the fourth time in five days, need to bounce back to form at the expense of Newton Aycliffe if they are to keep the pressure on the leading sides.

In Division Two, Brandon United and Esh Winning meet in a bottom-three clash while basement side Ryton and Crawcrook Albion, who have to do if they are to avoid the wooden spoon and possible relegation, host Whitehaven.

South Shields are at Northallerton Town and Willington entertain Thornaby.