They’ve played a game more than the two teams immediately below them, but last night’s 2-0 home victory over Ashington put Whitley Bay right where they want to be: at the top of the Northern League table. 418 fans saw second half goals from Robbie Dale and Paul Robinson give Bay the seven points from their opening three matches – one ahead of Newcastle Benfield and Billingham Synthonia. “A cracking game of football,” Bay fan Dave Jameson tweeted after the match.
Ex-Shildon forward Andrew Johnson scored three, hit the bar and had two goals disallowed as Bishop Auckland won their first game of the season 6-2 at Tow Law Town, only Stokesley now keeping the home side off the bottom of the league. In the night’s other top flight game fourth placed Norton and fifth placed Jarrow Roofing drew 2-2.
In Division Two Alnwick kept up their unbeaten start with a 1-0 win over Thornaby, Easington lost 3-1 at Hebburn Town and Whitehaven and Darlington RA ended goalless.
Two goals from Shaun McAvoy saw off the challenge of second division Chester le Street Town as South Shields went through to the preliminary round of the FA Cup, where they’ll face Newcastle Benfield in a tough away tie. Andy Bulford also hit a brace in Dunston’s 5-1 win at home to West Auckland Town. Next up for the Gateshead side? Durham City of the Evostik North. Both games are on Non-League Day, September 3rd.