Northern League: Charlton strikes to save the day for Sunderland RCA against Dunston

Michael Charlton notched Sunderland RCA's leveller against Dunston UTS last night.
Michael Charlton notched Sunderland RCA's leveller against Dunston UTS last night.

Sunderland RCA had to fight from behind to rescue a point against fourth-top Dunston UTS in the Ebac Northern League First Division last night.

Dunston took an eighth-minute lead through Liam Thear, whose shot flew into the top corner of the net, giving goalkeeper Neal Bussey no chance.

There were few clear-cut chances, but RCA managed to level on 75 minutes, with Michael Charlton on target to consolidate eighth place.

Seaham Red Star went down 2-1 at home to Consett.

Ash Davis had a chance in the ninth minute for Seaham, but his shot was straight at goalkeeper Ross Coombe.

Red Star, though, just had to wait four more minutes before they broke the deadlock, with Liam McBryde striking from close range.

The Steelmen were back in it a minute before half-time, with Jack Elliott’s excellent solo effort from the edge of the box.

Early in the second half, David Dowson should have scored for Consett, but he somehow missed from two yards out, when it looked easier to score.

However, in the 63rd minute, Consett went ahead when Michael Sweet rose high at the back post to head home, following good work from Jordan Lavery and Dowson.

Red Star went close when Robbie Bird had his shot saved by Coombe and then McBryde fired over the bar, but Consett held on to move up to sixth place.

Marske United climbed to second spot after winning 4-0 at Jarrow Roofing.

Craig Gott’s 25-yarder opened the scoring on six minutes, and Glen Butterworth soon doubled their lead, again from distance.

Danny Earl chased down a poor back pass to beat goalkeeper Shaun Newbrook for 3-0, and he added a last-minute fourth. Gott fired a penalty against the bar.

Stockton Town won 3-2 at Ashington.

Fred Woodhouse, Max Craggs and Sonni Coleman did the damage, with Michael Chilton hitting both replies. Ashington had David Edwards sent off.

In Division Two, Durham City lost 2-1 to Heaton Stannington, who are up to fourth.

Daniel Robinson’s double, including a penalty, did the damage, before Sam Steele’s back-post finish cut the deficit.

Heaton had Lee Johnson sent off, with six minutes left, but they held on for the win.

Tow Law Town went down 3-0 to a strong Gateshead XI in the Durham Challenge Cup, with Elliott Forbes, Macaulay Langstaff and JJ O’Donnell netting.