Easter Monday: Rutherford to Roofing

“Just one of those days,” pretty much summed up Whitley Bay’s performance at Jarrow Roofing this afternoon. Tomi Ameobi, younger brother of Newcastle’s Shola, replaced the injured Paul Chow up front but despite dominating possession the Seahorses – who went into the game eight points behind leaders Spennymoor having played a game less – could only manage a goalless draw. “It’s better than we were playing this time last season,” was the phlegmatic full-time verdict of the Bell-End Choir, thirteen days before their team’s third successive trip to Wembley. The size of the crowd took the home club by surprise, with the couple of hundred Bay fans eating all the pies well before half-time. There’s probably a song to be made out of that…

Earlier, in an 11 o’clock start, Ashington Colliers (with England cricketer Steve Harmison’s younger brother James in the centre of defence) held the venerable Gateshead Rutherford to a two-all draw in Lobley Hill. Northern League Day goalscorer Robbie Frame started on the left of midfield for the home side, who came from behind twice and finally snatched a point in the dying minutes of the game. The Colliers stay eleventh while Rutherford move three points ahead of Wark and Murton, currently occupying second and third bottom places in the Northern Alliance Premier. Quote of the day from the referee: “Just you play football and shut it.” Wayne Rooney take note.

Among the day’s other results, Synthonia beat Town 2-1 in the Billingham Derby, Consett and Dunston both won away and Marske United went two points clear of North Shields with a 3-1 win at Northallerton Town. In the Alliance Premier, Walker Central emerged triumphant from their East End Derby with Heaton Stannington and Seaton Delaval Amateurs stay fifth after a 4-1 win at Killingworth Sporting. No games in the Wearside League but leaders Ryhope CW won the first of their three cup finals – a last-minute extra-time header beating Kirkbymoorside in the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup.

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