FOLLOWING an indifferent start to the season, Sunderland RCA are edging up towards mid-table in the Ebac Northern League First Division following last night’s 4-1 victory over Consett at Meadow Park.
The scoreline though flattered the Wearsiders, who were under the cosh for long periods but whereas Consett left their shooting boots at home, David Lee’s men accepted their goal-scoring opportunities.
RCA goalkeeper Jonathan Carmichael made a string of outstanding saves in the opening half and it was against the run of play when Callum Patton slotted the ball under keeper Jack Norton after being set up by Gavin Barton.
A minute later, Barton hit the post and just before the interval he made it two, firing home from six yards following a Nathan Wilson free-kick.
Just past the hour mark, Patton beat two defenders and the move was completed by Kyle Fryatt, who volleyed into the net from 18 yards.
Former RCA player Aristote Guerin Lakonga stabbed the ball past Carmichael but the home side finished strongly and took advantage of a defensive blunder to make it four.
Norton collected a back pass and when he tried to dribble past Patton, the striker gained the upper hand and rolled the ball into an empty net.
Durham City are up to sixth – their highest position so far – following victory at Hebburn Town who suffered a 17th defeat in 19 games.
Recent signing from Seaham Red Star Channon North gave the South Tynesiders a dream start when he struck in the first minute but the Citizens quickly took control and roared into a 5-1 lead by the 56th minute as the goals flowed from Dan Madden, with a brace, Ollie Hotchkiss, Scott Fenwick and Stephen Harrison.
Man-of-the-match North scored another twice to complete a hat-trick but missed the chance to end with a personal tally of four goals when his 89th-minute penalty was saved by James Winter.
Spennymoor Town are only three points behind leaders Shildon after defeating Marske United at The Brewery field.
Gavin Cogden’s pass opened up the opportunity for Liam Henderson to drive past goalkeeper Robert Dean on 17 minutes but in the 66th minute Craig Gott’s free-kick went in off the underside of the crossbar for the equaliser.
Within a minute, Joe Walton headed into the net and as Moors finished strongly, they made sure of all three points when Andrew Stephenson converted a penalty and Dan Taylor shot low into the net.
West Auckland Town climbed into fourth position when Stephen Richardson scored both goals in the home game with Penrith.
In Division Two, Seaham Red Star are up to third. After conceding an 11th-minute own goal, they coasted to a 5-2 victory against Thornaby.
It wasn’t until right on the stroke of half time that Shaun Reay levelled and he was again on target with a free kick on 62 minutes. By now, Red Star were dominant and they made it four courtesy of David Palmer and Connor Winter.
Although Gerard Livingstone reduced Thornaby’s deficit to a couple of goals, Seaham went nap with a last-minute strike by Michael McKeown.
West Allotment Celtic slipped back to fifth position after they were held to a goal-less draw by Chester le Street where the two teams produced an excellent contest.
Washington gained a valuable point in their bid to move away from near the bottom of the table. Stephen Ramsey converted an easy chance for South Shields and 16 minutes from the end Chris Winn, who was helping the Newtowners out when not required by Ryhope CW, celebrated his debut with a firm header.
Jarrow Roofing maintained their promotion challenge but left it late at Alnwick Town where they won a seven-goals thriller with Darren Reay’s 95th-minute goal.
Dean Nicholson, Anthony Myers and Stephen Young were Roofing’s other marksmen after Keith Douglas and Tom McPherson had given Alnwick a two-goals lead. When McPherson scored again on 87 minutes it looked as if he had salvaged a point until Darren Reay’s late, late winner.
H Esh Winning, currently second from bottom of the Second Division face another difficult game tonight when they line up against promotion hopefuls North Shields at the Daren Persson Stadium.
Darlington RA have come up on the rails recently and victory at Stokesley SC could lift them into to top six.
In Division One, Shildon will aim to enhance their Championship credentials at the expense of Newton Aycliffe, who sit just above the half way mark.
Third top Celtic Nation take on Crook Town, while Ashington, fourth from top, need to bounce back from an unexpected defeat at the weekend when they provide the opposition to lowly Morpeth Town at Craik Park.