Northern League: City slickers put a dent in Thornaby’s promotion ambitions

Sunderland RCA's hat-trick hero Nathan O'Neill (red/white) battles against Newcastle Benfield in Division One on Saturday. Picture by Kevin Brady.
Sunderland RCA's hat-trick hero Nathan O'Neill (red/white) battles against Newcastle Benfield in Division One on Saturday. Picture by Kevin Brady.
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Durham City secured an excellent 4-2 win at fifth-placed Thornaby, denting the Teessiders’ promotion prospects in Division Two on Saturday.

Jack Wilkie fired City ahead in the first half, but Joe Posthill equalised.

Three goals in 18 second-half minutes won the game for the Citizens, following strikes from Callum Smith, Daniel Knowd and Kieran McWaters.

Kallum Hannah did pull one back, with 13 minutes left, but the visitors took the three points, moving them up two places to eighth.

City host third-top Northallerton at Willington tomorrow.

Thornaby, with seven games left, are five points adrift of the promotion places.

One-time leaders Tow Law Town continued to slip away from the promotion pack, following a heavy 4-2 defeat at home to Esh Winning.

The Lawyers will be devastated with the loss, having stormed into a 2-0 lead, thanks to Damon Reaks and Adam Knowles.

However, Connor Halpin pulled one back on 55 minutes, then Daniel Kent equalised with 15 minutes left.

A Matthew Soulsby penalty, with five minutes to go, put Esh in front, then Kent scored his second, deep into injury time, to ensure victory

Although Crook Town have a few games in hand on teams around them at the bottom, they are still just five points above the bottom three, following a 2-0 defeat at West Allotment Celtic.

Two first-half goals from Jonathan Hirst and Bruno Mendes-Correia did the damage.

The other five scheduled matches, including Chester-le-Street’s visit to Brandon United and Willington’s home clash with bottom club Alnwick, were postponed because of waterlogged pitches.

Jarrow are due to entertain Heaton Stannington tonight, while Crook Town, with the Millfield Ground unplayable, have switched tomorrow’s home clash with Easington, who had a weekend off with no fixture arranged, to Consett.

Chester-le-Street host Tow Law tomorrow.