Shannon strike boosts Seaham

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SEAHAM Red Star moved into seventh position in the Ebac Northern League Second Division, only three points outside a promotion place, after a 1-0 win over Birtley Town.

The only goal came 10 minutes from time. A corner was cleared and Chris Scott sent the ball back into the middle for Shannon North to beat Birtley goalkeeper Andrew Hunter from close range.

Birtley are fourth from the bottom and Horden CW are second from the basement after going down at Whickham whose match-winners were Jordan Larty and Sam McIntosh with a brace.

Jack Pounder scored twice for the Colliers but the Glebemen survived a frenetic finale.

In their previous game, Chester-le-Street defeated Crook Town but the Millfield men gained revenge on their return to Chester Moor Park.

It looked all over for the Cestrians as Robbie Bird, Chris Wallace and Craig Hughes established a three-goal lead but after Mike Hepplewhite reduced the deficit, Kieran McDonald added a second goal but the hosts were unable to equalise.

Leaders Ryhope CW would have been happy at holding second-top Northallerton Town to a draw. Adam Emson was an early scorer for the home side but Martin Swales’ team hit back and led through Johnny Butler and Chris Trewick until Wayne Gredziak restored parity 10 minutes from time.

Crook Town are now third and Darlington RA and Whitehaven occupy the next two positions after they shared four goals in Cumbria. Kevin Connolly (2) netted for the home side with Stephen Cheeseman twice on target for RA who lead their rivals only on goal difference.

Following an indifferent start to the season, North Shields are now in the top six. They claimed three crucial points with an only goal by Keith Douglas at Stokesley SC.

Durham City are fourth from bottom in Division One, only ahead of Norton and Stockton Ancients by virtue of a better goal difference.

The Citizens suffered their 11th defeat in 18 games, at Guisborough Town, whose matchwinners were Michael Roberts with a brace and Austin Johnson.

South Shields remain at the basement and Penrith are immediately above them following their clash at Filtrona Park where the Mariners went nap through Stephen Allison (2), Adam Bell, Jonny Wightman and Willie Paul (og). Martin Coleman claimed a consolation for the Cumbrians.

Norton and Stockton Ancients are in free-fall. Their latest reverse came in the Teesside derby at Billingham Town who eased their relegation fears when goals by Nicky Martin (2) and Stephen Flockett swept them to a critical victory.