SUNDERLAND RCA were unable to build on Saturday’s emphatic success in the FA Carlsberg Vase and are still waiting for their first win in Ebac Northern League Division One of the Ebac Northern League after going down 2-1 to Whitley Bay at Hillheads last night.
Former Washington striker Peter Watling scored his first goal for the Seahorses following his summer move from Team Northumbria. He converted a Robbie Bird cross on seven minutes and after coming more into the game during the second half, RCA were close to an equaliser when Joe Hughes hit the crossbar.
With seven minutes remaining, Chris McDonald doubled Whitley’s lead but the Wearsiders hit back immediately and when the lively Hughes struck they were in with a chance.
Whitley, though, held out and David Lee’s side still have only two points from a possible 21.
Durham City left it late before seeing off Newcastle Benfield by the odd goal in three at New Ferens Park.
Callum Munro left Benfield goalkeeper Andrew Grainger helpless with a tremendous finish on 17 minutes and Philip Airey levelled with 16 minutes left on the clock.
With time running out a draw looked the likely outcome but in the 87th minute the unmarked Callum Hope grabbed the winner with a fierce finish.
Dunston UTS deposed Bedlington Terriers from pole position in a top-two clash. Andy Bulford scored the only goal and after losing their first two games, new leaders UTS have won the last six.
Billingham Synthonia had three players - Daniel Dillon, Kris Hughes and Mattie Osmond - sent off and not surprisingly lost 3-1 at Ashington whose marksmen were Marc Walton with a brace and Glen Taylor. Nathan Porritt levelled for Synners when they ere down to 10 men.
Two late goals from the former Barnsley player Dennis Knight earned West Auckland victory at Celtic Nation.
Ian Ward had given the visitors the advantage before the Cumbrians turned the tables with a brace by Stephen Skinner.
In Division Two, Seaham Red Star moved into the top six with victory over Chester-le-Street.
Josh Home Jackson was a fifth minute scorer for the Star, who had David Gordon dismissed in the 30th minute and Jake Stafford converted the resultant penalty.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, Seaham won with second half strikes from Sonny Andrews and Lewis Wing.
Birtley Town’s form has been inconsistent and they’ve won four and lost four of their nine games after losing to Darlington RA whose match-winner was Rob Moncur with two goals after Danny Quinn had netted for the visitors.
H Spennymoor Town maintained their impressive start in the Evo Stik League First Division with an emphatic 4-1 win at Brighouse Town last night.
Liam Henderson was an early scorer and he could well have had a hat-trick before Chris Mason doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time. It was against the run of play as Isaal Baldwin reduced the deficit but Jason Ainsley’s side produced a strong second half performance which was rewarded with further goals by Gavin Cogden and Lewis Dodds.