Northern League: Red Star sign off with six of the best in derby thriller

Seaham Red Star (red/white) scrap against West Auckland two weeks ago
Seaham Red Star (red/white) scrap against West Auckland two weeks ago
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Seaham Red Star have ended their first season in the Ebac Northern League top flight on a high and last night’s epic 6-4 derby victory over Sunderland RCA put the icing on the cake.

Mark Collingwood’s side hit the Wearsiders for six to move into third place – but it’s unlikely they will finish there.

Reece Noble was an early marksman for Martin Swales’ team at seaham Town Park, but by the interval the Star led 3-1 through Robbie Bird and a Liam McBryde brace.

When Bird struck again after an hour, an easy victory for the home side was on the cards, but RCA stormed back, scoring three goals in 10 minutes courtesy of Stephen Callen, goalkeeper Shaun Newbrook, with an own goal from Callen’s effort, and Michael Charlton.

At 4-4, it was anyone’s game, but Seaham’s Darren Reay and Lee Kerr beat RCA goalkeeper Michael Woud in the final 14 minutes to cement a thrilling 6-4 victory.

Washington could not halt Marske United’s challenge for the championship.

Reece Kelly and Connor Hood had the Seasiders two goals up until John Butler threw the Mechanics a lifeline with his 67th-minute header.

Marske held on for a 2-1 success and still have one foot in the championship door – but they’ll almost certainly have to defeat leaders Shildon in tomorrow’s match of the day to stay in the race.

Bishop Auckland moved to fourth-top when they coasted home against Penrith. Andrew Johnson was again in superb form, scoring all three goals.

Dunston UTS and North Shields ended goalless and West Auckland are all but safe in the relegation battle after seeing off rival strugglers Whitley Bay.

Adam Burnicle (2) and Callum Hassan led West to a crucial 3-2 win.

Alex Kempster and Stuart Bramley replied for Bay, who are still looking over their shoulders.