Sunderland RCA given a shock as Allotment dig deep for victory in the STL Northern League

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SUNDERLAND RCA’s winning streak came to an abrupt and unexpected end at relegation-threatened West Allotment Celtic.

Neil Hixon’s side were favourites, but the Tynesiders claimed crucial points with first half goals from Craig Scott and Paul Gardner.

RCA dominated for long periods but just couldn’t find a way past Celtic goalkeeper Chris Bannon, who was named man of the match.

He made a string of saves and when he was beaten, Harrison Davies rattled the crossbar and Scott cleared from the line.

Despite winning their last two games, West Allotment remain in the drop zone, ahead of Esh Winning and Ryton.

Esh’s game with Norton and Stockton Ancients was abandoned after 43 minutes.

Esh captain Paul Richardson broke a leg and the referee agreed to the players’ request that the match should be halted.

At this stage the scores were even. Paul Henderson-Reay had given the hosts the lead, but within five minutes Jamie Owens equalised for Norton.

Ryton, beaten by an only goal against Ashington on Friday night, look doomed, but Bishop Auckland improved their chances of escaping the drop when they produced one of the shock results of the season.

Leaders Shildon were firm favourites at Heritage Park, but an own goal by Jonathan Agbater and a Wayne Gredziak penalty caused a big upset.

Shildon’s lead is now only four points and second-top Spennymoor Town have as many games in hand.

Jason Ainsley’s team maintained winning form, defeating Billingham Town courtesy of Gavin Cogden and Michael Rae.

Consett stay third but they were taken to the wire by Penrith, who led through Lee Otway and Mattie Lea until the 90th minute.

Gavin Barton had closed the gap to a single goal, but even so, the Steelmen looked destined for defeat until they scored twice in stoppage time through Jamie Poole and Mark Eccles.

Jarrow Roofing are a much-improved team and continued their climb up the table when Michael Coghlin and Andy Jennings cancelled out Adam Emson’s early goal for Stokesley.

In Division Two there’s still no respite for Morpeth Town, who have taken just two points from 25 games.

Their latest defeat was at Chester-le- Street, for whom Lee Harrison and Mark Davison scored within the space of three minutes midway through the second period.

Brandon United, beaten by promotion hopefuls North Shields, remain second from bottom.

Leading scorer Keith Douglas, Jonathan Hall and Michael Pattison extended the Robins’ unbeaten sequence to 20 games. Daniel Corbett claimed a consolation for the Durham side.

Horden CW stay third-bottom after losing to Team Northumbria, whose marksmen were Lee Scott, Graeme Cairns and Mark Fenwick.

Seaham Red Star ended a losing sequence when they defeated Washington with goals from Richard Goodman (2), Jonathan Monaghan and Mark Hewitt.

Following their heavy midweek defeat, Birtley Town bounced back, holding promotion candidates Marske United to a draw. Derek Bradley netted for the Seasiders and Chris Tait equalised.

H Whitley Bay are within sight of returning to Wembley for a third successive season. They go into today’s draw for the semi finals of the FA Carlsberg Vase after defeating Dunston UTS 2-1.

Andrew Bulford gave Dunston the lead and after Paul Chow equalised on 66 minutes, he struck the winner nine minutes from time.