Whitley Bay’s reign at the top of Northern League Division One lasted exactly 24 hours before Newcastle Benfield – the only team in the division with a 100% record – jumped back into first, Phil Lumsden, Johnny Mann and Mick Chilton scoring the goals in a 3-0 defeat of Marske United. Billingham Synthonia, impressive 7-2 winners at Newton Aycliffe in their weekend game, lost 1-0 at home to a Gavin Barton goal for Sunderland RCA, who move fourth in the table, one behind Bay and one ahead of the Synners. Newton Aycliffe are second after a surprise 1-0 win at home to Bedlington, Paul Broom scoring the only goal. Unbeaten Spennymoor beat Billingham Town 2-1 to gain their first win of the season. Stokesley, who had to replace an entire team in the summer, lost 6-0 at Guisborough Town, had manager Monty Alexander dismissed for swearing at the referee, and already looked doomed to relegation. Both of the games played in Division Two ended in draws, Crook and Morpeth sharing two goals, Esh Winning and Whickham six.
In the two FA Cup replays, Northallerton saw off West Allotment 2-1 after extra time, earning a trip to Ashington in the next round. North Shields lost 1-0 at home to Penrith, who now face Billingham Synthonia.
In a full night of fixtures in the Wearside League Ryhope CW maintained their 100% start with a 7-1 win at Peterlee, leaving them a point behind Redcar Athletic – 2-1 winners at Kirkbymoorside – with a game in hand and a goal difference of +17 after just four games. Darlington CB are third after a 1-0 victory at Wolviston.
Carlisle City’s 4-1 win over second placed Harraby Catholic Club moves them three points clear at the top of the Alliance . Heaton Stannington beat Seaton Delaval 3-0 and there was another loss for struggling champions Ponteland, Percy Main beating Jarrod Suddick’s side 4-2.