Bedlington’s brand new £30,000 scoreboard, provided by club sponsor Richard Rich, had a busy first day on the job as the Terriers put fifteen goals past a Stokesley side who already looked doomed to the role of this season’s whipping boys. Monty Alexander’s side – who had to recruit a whole new team of players before the season started, many from two levels down in the Wearside League – conceded three goals in three minutes at one stage of the game as Bedlington bounced back from two 1-0 league defeats in a row. The scorers? Dean Douglas (2), Tommy English (2), Ian Graham (2), Steven Bowey, Chris Phillipson, Steven Stewart and former Burnley and York forward Anthony Shandron, whose six goals make him the Northern League’s top scorer with seven for the season.
Michael Mackay isn’t far behind Shandron in the scoring stakes, his fourth and fifth goals for Consett helping Kenny Lindoe’s side – runners up last season – to a 4-1 win at newly promoted Guisborough. Defending champions Spennymoor brushed South Shields aside 5-0 with a goal apiece for Sam Garvie, John Alexander,Leon Ryan, Craig Ruddy and Adam Johnston, in the ex-Whitley Bay forward’s first start of the season. Sunderland RCA were the division’s other high scorers, Gavin Barton hitting his second hat-trick of the season as visitors Ashington were hammered 5-1.
Elsewhere, Whitley Bay warmed up for next weekend’s FA Cup tie with Marske by beating the Teessiders 4-0 with two goals each for Paul Chow and Phil Bell, Paul Robinson’s sixth goal of the season was little consolation as Jarrow Roofing lost 4-1 at Billingham Synthonia, Newton Aycliffe and Dunston picked up another three points, and Newcastle Benfield’s Micky Chilton scored twice in his side’s impressive 3-0 win at West Auckland Town.
An up-to-date table, with Benfield two points clear of Whitley Bay, Aycliffe and Sunderland RCA is here.
Two of the newly relegated clubs faced off in Division Two, Ryton and Crawcrook Albion defeating Esh Winning 2-1. Washington dropped their first points of the season with a 2-2 draw at Easington but stay top on goal difference with a game in hand on both Darlington RA – 2-1 winners over Chester-le-Street and Alnwick, who went down 5-0 at home to Hebburn Town. Whickham goal machine Tony Thirkell scored three in his side’s 6-1 win at Seaham Red Star, while Birtley Town trounced Northallerton 3-0 to win their first home game of the season.
STL Northern League Division One
Bedlington 15 Stokesley 0
Billingham Synthonia 4 JarrowRoofing 1
Guisborough 1 Consett 4
Newton Aycliffe 3 Billingham Town 2
Penrith 0 Dunston 4
Spennymoor Town 5 South Shields 0
Sunderland RCA 5Ashington 1
West Auckland 0 Newcastle Benfield 3
Whitley Bay 4 Marske United 0
Alnwick 0 Hebburn 5
Birtley 3 Northallerton 0
Brandon v Gillford Park was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Darlington RA 2 Chester-le-Street 1
Horden 0 Crook 1
Ryton and Crawcrook 2 Esh Winning 1
Seaham Red Star 1 Whickham 6
Team Northumbria 4 Thornaby 0
Washington 2 Easington 2
Whitehaven 1 West Allotment 1
With Ryhope CW not playing, Darlington CB and Jarrow moved above the champions in the Wearside League table with wins over Leam Rangers and Cleator Moor Celtic. Redcar Athletic went down 3-1 at Sunderland West End, leaving them second to Darlington on goal difference.
In the Alliance it’s been a topsy turvy week for Blyth Town, who went straight from beating defending champions Ponteland 5-0 and winning at Walker Central to a 3-0 home defeat by a fast improving Percy Main. After conceding nine in their last two games, Ponteland drew 4-4 at Stocksfield. There were also wins for Heaton Stannington and Harraby Catholic Club, who closed the gap on leaders Carlisle City – held 0-0 by fourth placed Whitley Bay A – to a single point.
In Division One, a young Gosforth Bohemians side won 2-0 at Newcastle Chemfica. Amble are three points clear at the top after a 6-0 win over Newcastle East End.