After four defeats and twenty seven goals against, Monty Alexander’s Stokesley side picked up their first point of the season in a goalless draw at home to Norton & Stockton Ancients. The draw lifts the Teessiders above Tow Law Town and South Shields, the Lawyers hitting rock bottom after a 4-1 loss at Consett, Michael Mackay’s three goals taking him to eight for the season. Despite taking the lead twice through Alex Benjamin and Tony Burnell, Shields lost 3-2 at home to Sunderland RCA and have now conceded sixteen goals in their opening four games. Mark Davison scored a hat trick for the visitors, who go a point clear of Newcastle Benfield at the top of the league.
Penrith also remain pointless after Jarrow Roofing came from behind to beat them 2-1. Dan Robinson jinked past two defenders and slipped the ball to the left of Nick Liversedge to to score his fourth goal of the season after 55 minutes, but Penrith keeper James Holland allowed an Anderson header to squirm through his grasp ten minutes later and Roofing sealed the win when Dave Malloy turned unchallenged 30 yards out and curled the ball Ashley Young-style around Holland’s left hand.
Forty-eight hours after scoring six times against Stokesley, Anthony Shandron netted another three as Bedlington Terriers won 4-1 at Ashington. An Andrew Johnson penalty – his seventh goal of the season – gave Bishop Auckland a draw at home to Newton Aycliffe after Paul Broom has scored an early opener in front of nearly 500 fans. Spennymoor Town beat Shildon 3-0, John Alexander (2) and Craig Ruddy the scorers.
In Division Two Dave Dormand, last season’s top scorer in the Northern Alliance, opened his account for Morpeth Town but a late Ben Keenan equaliser gave Alnwick a 3-3 draw at Craik Park. Esh Winning won 4-1 at Crook, while in the Cumbrian derby Gillford Park beat Whitehaven by the same score. Thornaby finished the game with nine men and a 2-1 defeat home defeat to Darlington RA, Whickham drew 1-1 at Brandon, Ryton lost 4-2 to Team Northumbria, Northallerton 3-2 to Seaham Red Star, and in the battle of the Durham mining towns Easington Colliery beat Horden Colliery 4-2.