Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Skilltrainingltd Northern Lea

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Byline: MALCOLM PRATT

WEST Allotment Celtic opened a two-point lead at the top when Keith Douglas scored both goals against Chester-le-Street, who were playing their first league fixture of the season.

Douglas converted a 22nd-minute penalty and hit his second strike after 36 minutes. He left Chester goalkeeper Ian Aitken powerless with a clinical long-range strike.

Sunderland Nissan are second after conceding their first points at Spennymoor Town, where they led by two goals until late in the game.

Three of the six goals came from penalties. Carl Richards fired Moors in front from the spot and Neil Tarrant did likewise at the other end for Nissan's equaliser.

Andrew Appleby then scored two and the Wearsiders were set for victory until Richards was brought down. He threw Moors a lifeline with his second penalty of the afternoon.

Ten minutes from time Richards was involved in the build-up which led to Chris Lawler levelling the scores.

Newcastle Benfield Bay Plastics conceded two points when Warren Byrne equalised with an 85th-minute penalty for Shildon after Andrew Dugdale had opened the scoring.

Alex Benjamin scored on his debut in Morpeth Town's win at Consett, for whom Stephen Johnson scored both goals. Chris Philipson and Ian Heron were the Northumbrians' other marksmen.

Bedlington Terriers are bottom and pointless after Seaham Red Star's victory with a Stephen Winspear goal while Ashington are fourth top.

Mark Walton was scored for Ryton, but after Paul Gardner equalised, the Colliers won with two goals in the last 10 minutes by Mark Pattie.

Paul Chow grabbed a late equaliser for Whitley Bay at home to Billingham Synthonia, who led for most of the game with a David Yale penalty awarded when David Timmons handled which led to his dismissal.

Dunston Federation returned home pointless from Penrith as Dean Douglas and Michael Reed earned the First Division newcomers their second win in three attempts.

In Division Two, North Shields were hit for eight goals by Sunderland RCA, who have racked up 12 in their first two matches. …

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