Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Close Call for Birtley

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Close Call for Birtley

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Birtley Town are now six points clear of Cleadon SC at the top of the table but it was a close call before they saw off a strong second half challenge by Windscale.

It looked difficult for the Cumbrians when they conceded a couple of goals inside the first four minutes and it became almost mission impossible when they went three down before the interval.

But two goals within 13 minutes midway through the second half put them right back in the game and Birtley were then called upon to defend a single goal lead.

Carl Pennington gave the home side the best possible start when he scored from a corner in just 90 seconds.

Within another three minutes, Pennington struck again, heading home a deep cross from the right and, on 40 minutes, Keith Foster converted a penalty.

Windscale's fight back began in the 55th minute when Ricky Parnaby, who had only been on the field for a minute, reduced his side's deficit and 13 minutes later Keith Hodgson volleyed home.

Birtley, though, held on for three crucial points which was just as well since Cleadon SC comfortably won at Barnard Castle Glaxo to move into second position.

Cleadon scored all five goals in a 4-1 victory. Danny Nixon, Peter Bradley and Andrew Potts had them three up before Brian Tully put the ball into his own goal. Any hope Glaxo had of making a comeback ended when David Whealan netted Cleadon's fourth goal.

North Shields lost ground but are still handily placed fourth from top, eight points adrift of Birtley with three games in hand.

The Robins scored first through Ian Dugdale at Brinkburn Road but Darlington RA hit back and regained the initiative with strikes by Andrew Roberts and Stephen Sinclair.

North Shields had much the better of the second half and, after equalising with a goal from Paul Hogg, pressed for the winner but RA held out for a draw. …

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