Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Leaders Suffer a Shock

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Leaders Suffer a Shock

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Unbeaten in their last nine starts and still interested in the title race, Ponteland United were given a rude shock by visitors Blyth Town.

United could not have had a worse start and found themselves 3-0 down at the interval against a side seeking their first away win.

Oliver Cowie netted after only two minutes and Blyth had further goals added by Brian Cole and Danny Beresford, who headed home from John Patterson's cross.

But in the second half Ponteland staged a magnificent comeback and got off the mark when Johnny Redhead's cross was nodded in by Paul Ford.

The revival continued and 10 minutes later the irrepressible Paul Gardiner was put through by Kevin McGorie to score from close range.

Ponteland's determined search for an equaliser was rewarded with 15 minutes to go when Paul Ford broke down the right and, when his shot was parried by the Town keeper, McGorie swooped to fire into the roof of the net.

Things got even better from Ponteland's point of view when in the 80th minute McGorie netted again for what looked like his side's winner, but justice was probably well served when, with five minutes to spare, Blyth's Beresford equalised with his second goal.

Heaton Stannington are still struggling at home and went down again, losing 3-2 to Ashington Colliers, who had beaten leaders Harraby by the same score in their last outing.

The Colliers showed their fighting spirit again, and after trailing to Heaton goals put away by Sean Graham and Darryl Leach, they staged a comeback.

Christian Priest bagged a brace to get the visitors back on terms and Patrice Butters scored their winner with five minutes to spare.

Shankhouse, who had hammered Easington Colliery 7-0 in the reverse fixture, were restricted to a 2-2 draw at Northburn. Dave Porter gave the visitors an early lead but they had a charmed life later on. …

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