Palmer’s late saver

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SEAHAM Red Star’s promotion push suffered a setback as they had to settle for a point at home to Darlington RA in Division Two.

Red Star looked like suffereing a surprise defeat, though, and could not have left it any later to claim a 1-1 draw.

RA led from the 25th minute with an own goal after the ball ricocheted off a defender.

It wasn’t until added time that recent signing Lee Kerr delivered a good corner, which was headed goalwards by Daryl Donnelly and David Palmer pounced on a rebound.

Red Star slipped back to third and West Allotment Celtic moved to second with victory at Northallerton, where Stephen Little, David Dormand and Tony Lancaster had them 3-0 in front before Aaron Ramsbottom claimed a late consolation goal.

Fourth-top Jarrow Roofing eased past Chester-le-Street when manager Richie McLoughlin produced a master stroke. He introduced Stephen Young and David Borley as substitutes in the 70th minute and the pair both scored in a 2-0 win.

Leaders North Shields rescued a late draw at Stokesley SC, who led by two goals until the 86th minute.

Andrew Lambert and Matthew Robinson were first-half marksmen for the hosts. Dan Smart reduced the Robins’ deficit, but Kristian Kamara converted a penalty to put Stokesley up 3-1.

Bainbridge, though, fired in with four minutes left and, a minute from the end, the ace marksman drove in a penalty for a dramatic equaliser.

Heaton Stannington kept alive their slim promption hopes by beating Birtley Town 3-1 with strikes by Joe Wear, Lee Johnson and Kevin Carr. Curtis Cotton hit a late reply.

Tow Law Town played their 3,000th Northern League game and it ended all square at 1-1 against draw specialists South Shields, for whom Luke Richardson cancelled out Dean Thexton’s strike.

At the bottom, Ryton and Crawcrook Albion remain stranded after losing 2-0 to Thornaby, whose marksmen were Lee Bythway and Gerard Livingstone.

Second-bottom Brandon United were without a fixture, while Esh Winning are just above them after crashing 7-0 at Norton and Stockton Ancients, whose scorers were Karl Charlton (3), Gary Mitchell (2) and Nick Martin (2).

Mitchell has now scored 151 goals in the Northern League and Martin requires only one more to reach 150.