Northern League: Allotment success adds to Durham City’s drop fears

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Durham City’s plight in the Ebac Northern League Division One relegation zone worsened when West Allotment Celtic upset the form book big style by defeating Morpeth Town.

The Tynesiders jumped three places to seventh-bottom and now look relatively safe, leaving City, Norton and Stockton Ancients and Bedlington Terriers in the drop zone.

David Webster and Paul Kane were Allotment’s matchwinners, with Lee McAndrew on target for Morpeth Town, who now cannot overtake Shildon by their own efforts.

In the other First Division game, Consett returned from Penrith with three points thanks to a Dan Hawkins strike.

In Division Two, there was a good result for the four other challenging sides when Billingham Synthonia could only draw 1-1 at Ryton and Crawcrook Albion.

Callum Turnbull had Ryton ahead until the 80th minute when Macaulay Langstaff equalised, five minutes after the Tynesiders had Mattie Fothergill sent off.

Synners missed the chance to overtake Chester-le-Street into second place and they are third, a point behind the Cestrians, having played the same number of games.

Ryhope CW slipped to fourth, just a point adrift of the Teessiders over whom they now have three games in hand.

Birtley Town are deep in trouble, second from bottom, and their cause was not helped when they conceded the only goal of the match to Whickham’s Mark Fitzpatrick on 88 minutes.

A brace by Sam England edged Darlington RA to a 2-0 victory over Crook Town at the Millfield Ground, while Craig Hutchinson’s double proved sufficient for Billingham Town against Heaton Stannington.