As long-time Northern League leaders Sunderland RCA slipped to defeat at Dunston UTS, West Auckland Town leapfrogged them to go top of the league after a 2-1 win away to Whitley Bay. Two late goals in a minute from Mattie Moffatt and Danny Hindmarch overturned Paul Chow’s first half opener, leaving Bay seven points behind in fourth and West Auckland top of the pile for the first time this century having scored nine goals more than Dunston.
First half goals from Kane Young and Danny Craggs made it a good night for the Gateshead side. A Jamie Owens penalty soon after half time gave RCA hope, but Dunston held on in the face of a spirited second half display from Neil Hixon’s side, who suffered their second defeat in a row on the back of Saturday’s 4-1 FA Vase loss to Bedlington Terriers.
The top five:
West Auckland Town P14 Pts 35
Dunston UTS P16 Pts 35
Sunderland RCA P15 Pts 33
Whitley Bay P14 Pts 28
Spennymoor P13 Pts 26
This weekend sees Northern League sides Ashington and Hebburn Town in FA Cup 4th qualifying round action at Grimsby Town and Gateshead. In the league, Whitley Bay are at home to Norton and Stockton, RCA travel to lowly Tow Law Town and West Auckland – who haven’t won the league since 1961 – have a home Friday night derby against stuttering Newton Aycliffe.