Paul Taylor pushes Esh Winning closer to relegation in the STL Northern League

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ESH Winning took another step towards relegation from the STL Northern League First Division when Sunderland RCA won with an only goal at Waterhouses last night.

In the first half, Esh’s Nick Gibson went close following a free kick and after the break Richard Logan almost gave Neil Hixon’s side the lead.

With time running out, a goalless draw looked likely but five minutes from the end, Paul Taylor struck and Esh need a miracle to survive.

Ryton are already relegated and despite a spirited performance, suffered another defeat at Dunston UTS.

Andrew Bulford was an early scorer and before the interval Ryton’s Liam Hudson struck the crossbar but in the second period UTS dominated.

Bulford completed a hat-trick and the Mills brothers Ian and Paul completed a 5-0 rout. Ryton, who have gained only three points from 38 games, have now conceded 159 goals.

South Shields fought back from a two-goal deficit to earn a point against Norton and Stockton Ancients at Filtrona Park.

Strikes by Craig Bishop and Theo Furness had the Teessiders looking comfortable but 17 minutes from time, Tony Coe reduced the deficit and in the 80th minute Tony Burnell levelled.

Chester-le-Street fielded a weakened side against Gillford Park in Carlisle but were still too strong for the hosts.

Despite conceding the lead to Michael Reid, the Cestrians roared back to win 5-1 courtesy of Callum Patten (2), Mark Davison, Lee Harrison and Shaun Kane.

An own goal by Kris Allen raised the hopes of Seaham Red Star but promotion-challengers Whickham finished strongly to win 4-1.

Graeme King and Scott Swanson had the Glebemen two goals ahead until the 80th minute when the Reds were given a lifeline but as they pressed for an equaliser, Whickham took advantage and scored further goals through King and Tony Thirkell.

Birtley Town moved into the top half of the table with a narrow victory over Whitehaven. Andrew McIntosh and Shaun McAvoy both beat goalkeeper Brian Miller but with only a minute remaining Kevin Connelly struck for the visitors to set up a tense finale.

After enjoying a 20-match unbeaten sequence, North Shields have taken just two points from their last four games.

Chris Laws was a first-half marksman and midway through the second period Darren Mowbray equalised for Northallerton Town. The Robins remain fourth top as five teams compete for the two remaining promotion places.