McAloon at the double to give Bishop Auckland lift-off


Bishop Auckland climbed out of the Ebac Northern League Division One relegation zone with a much-needed 2-1 win at Jarrow Roofing last night.

Thomas McAloon fired Bishops ahead on 25 minutes following Alex Francis’s inswinging corner.

McAloon doubled the lead on 64 minutes, breaking from defence and smashing a shot high into Shaun Newbrook’s net.

Roofing rallied on 79 minutes when Dennis Knight was upended in the box, and he got up to convert the resulting spot-kick, but the Two Blues held on for only their third win.

North Shields won 2-0 at Newton Aycliffe to go seventh. Andrew Grant-Soulsby’s headed own goal gave the Robins a 35th-minute lead, and Dean Holmes added a cheeky, late second.

Whitley Bay beat Penrith 2-0 with two early goals to make it three wins in a row. Thibault Charmey scored after just two minutes and Andrew Robertson doubled the lead six minutes later.

In the only TWR Bifolds Wearside League game, Annfield Plain edged a 2-1 win at Hebburn Town Reserves.

Lewis Donnelly fired Plain ahead on seven minutes, but Daniel Maddison equalised. Jonny Bolam capitalised on a goalkeeping error to hit the winner.