Weekend Round-up, the FA Cup and Non League Day

The tie of the round more than lived up to its billing, Dunston UTS thrashing their Evostik Premier visitors Durham City 4-0 with goals from ex-Brisbane Athletic player Brad Brooking, Michael Dixon, Lee McAndrew and Tony Gailbraith. The latest in a string of recent victories for Northern League clubs over the Evostik lends further credence to the belief that the top north-east clubs would be more than capable of promotion from the Evostik North.

Whitley Bay boss Ian Chandler is one man who’d like to put that theory to the test. His team beat Marske United for the second Saturday running, the Teessiders having the better of the first half before defensive errors led to late goals for Lee Kerr and Lee-Paul Scroggins. Bay travel to Kendal Town of – you guessed it – the Evostik League in the next round.

Anthony Shandron made it eleven goals in seven days as he netted twice in Bedlington’s 6-0 win over Billingham Town. Strikes from Steven Richardson (2), Ian Graham and Dean Douglas mean the Terriers have now scored twenty-five goals in their last three games and ensures Wednesday night’s home game with Billingham Synthonia will end in a goalless draw. Bedlington will host either South Shields or Newcastle Benfield in the first qualifying round after the two sides drew 1-1 at Sam Smith’s Park, Shaun McAvoy equalising an early goal for Benfield’s Carl Paterson after Alex Benjamin had missed a 36th minute penalty. The replay’s on Tuesday night at Filtrona Park.

In the other cup ties a Steven Johnson goal ended Guisborough’s Wembley hopes and gave Shildon a home tie with Ashington – 2-1 winners over Division Two Northallerton – in the next round. Jamie Harwood, Shildon’s player of the year last season, scored the only goal as Spennymoor beat Sunderland RCA. Jason Ainsley’s now play Dunston at home. Penrith beat Billingham Synthonia 3-2 and will travel to either Hebburn Town or Whitehaven in the next round, the Division Two sides facing a Tuesday night replay after a 2-2 draw yesterday afternoon.

In the Northern League there were two more goals for Michael Mackay and a hat-trick for Marc Walton as Consett beat Stokesley 8-1. Paul Robinson and Andrew Johnson traded a goal apiece but Kris Hughes and former Wolves academy player Aristotle Guerin-Lokonga gave Jarrow Roofing a 3-1 win at Bishop Auckland. Norton won 2-0 at Tow Law in the other Division One game, leaving the Lawyers still pointless after six league games.

Darlington RA lost 3-2 at home to Easington in Division Two but stay top of the table with second placed Hebburn Town busy in the FA Cup, Washington held 0-0 by Alnwick and Esh Winning surprisingly losing 2-0 at home to Morpeth Town. Gillford Park beat Chester-le-Street 2-1, Birtley lost their third home game of the season as Crook returned to County Durham with a 3-2 victory. Horden and North Shields finished goalless while Ryton and Thornaby won 3-2 away at Seaham Red Star and Brandon United.

In the Wearside League Ryhope won 2-0 at Hartlepool to maintain their 100% start to the season, though Redcar’s 2-1 win over Jarrow puts them top of the league, one point and two games ahead of the champions. There were four goals, three penalties, two red cards and an ambulance as Peterlee beat Gateshead Leam Rangers 3-1.

The game of the day in the Alliance was Alston’s 6-6 draw with Harton and Westoe in Division Two. The outstanding team so far are Carlisle City, who stay top of the Premier Division with a 7-1 home victory over Murton and look a very good bet to replace Ponteland United as league champions.

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