Moors close in on leaders after victory

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THE destination of the STL Northern League championship is still too close to call following last night’s results.

West Auckland Town’s lead over Spennymoor Town is now just a single point and Jason Ainsley’s team enjoys a slightly better goal difference. Both teams have four games to play.

Moors held on for a crucial 2-1 victory over sixth-top Ashington at The Brewery field.

It wasn’t until the 43rd minute that they went ahead with an own goal. Craig Ruddy delivered a deep cross and Gareth Bainbridge unfortunately chested the ball past goalkeeper Karl Dryden.

Moors went two up just before the hour mark. An excellent move down the flank by Gavin Cogden and Stephen Richardson ended with Ruddy slotting the ball wide of Dryden from 10 yards.

With four minutes remaining, Tommy English’s centre was headed in by Andrew Dugdale but Moors survived a frenetic finale and are still very much on course for a third consecutive championship.

Whether reaching the FA Carlsberg Vase Final is having an effect or not, Dunston UTS have now taken only one point from their last three games after losing just two of the first 34 matches.

Following consecutive defeats they left it late before gaining a 2-2 draw with Consett at Belle Vue Park. Michael Mackay fired the Steelmen into a 64th-minute lead but two minutes later Michael Chilton restored parity from close-range.

Ten minutes from time, Lewis Teasdale set up Mackay who scored his 41st goal of the season.

At this stage it appeared Dunston were on their way to another defeat but in the 87th minute substitute Lee McAndrew grabbed the equaliser.

Dunston stay fourth and although they have a game in hand on both their rivals, they are now five points adrift of West Auckland and four behind Spennymoor.