Shildon lead way in STL Northern League goal romp

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THERE were goals, goals and more goals in the three STL Northern League First Division games last night.

Shildon topped the scoring charts when they hit Billingham Town 7-0 at Dean Street.

Andy Johnson was an early marksman and in the 28th minute Chris Hughes scored his team’s 100th goal of the season.

It got worse for the Teessiders 10 minutes later when goalkeeper Jason Hamilton was sent off for bringing down Johnson.

Outfield player Chris Dunwell took over and his first task was to pick the ball out of the net after Sonny Andrews converted the resultant penalty.

From then on, it was one-way traffic and further goals flowed from Sam Garvie, Darren Hollingsworth and Johnson, who completed his hat-trick.

Shildon have now racked up 105 goals in 35 games and lead the table by four points.

Second-top Spennymoor Town, however, have five games in hand on their rivals.

Norton and Stockton Ancients were also in scoring mode against Jarrow Roofing.

The visitors conceded a soft goal to Danny Earl before two goals in as many minutes from Shaun Clarke and Earl just before the interval left them with a mountain to climb.

Early in the second period Earl celebrated his hat-trick and late in the game Shaun Clarke and Owens completed a six-goal rout.

Esh Winning’s plight near the bottom of the table worsened when they went down 3-0 at Bedlington Terriers.

Anthony Shandran scored the opening goal on 58 minutes. Then Alex Benjamin and Richard Hodgson struck in a four-minute spell midway through the second half.

The three First Division games produced no fewer than 16 goals, but in Division Two Thornaby and Chester-le-Street fought out a goalless draw.

The Cestrians were close to a goal when Mark Dawson’s free kick hit the post and just before the end Stephen Hodgson had the ball in the net for Thornaby, but his effort was ruled offside.