Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bogie Men Marching towards Promotion; NON-LEAGUE ROUND-UP

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bogie Men Marching towards Promotion; NON-LEAGUE ROUND-UP

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Byline: MALCOLM PRATT

THERE'S no stopping Gateshead and they maintained pole position in Blue Square North with a 2-1 victory over promotion rivals Stalybridge Celtic in Cheshire last night.

Jamie Harwood gave Ian Bogie's side an early lead but before the interval Alex Meachin levelled for Stalybridge.

A draw looked the likely result but with just 10 minutes remaining the Tynesiders were awarded a penalty which Lee Novak confidently converted.

While Gateshead forge ahead, Blyth Spartans are fighting a relegation battle and defeat at Fleetwood leaves them with a lot to do.

Michael Wilds scored the only goal for mid-table Fleetwood who withstood late pressure from Harry Dunn's side which still cannot transpose the form which earned them a place in the Third Round of the FA Cup.

Durham City were not at their best but still managed to maintain their unbeaten record with a 1-1 draw at Rossendale United in UniBond League Division One North.

When goalkeeper Ben Proctor fumbled Mattie Moffat's first effort, the former Consett striker followed up and rolled the ball into an empty net after just five minutes.

Almost immediately, the home side levelled when Phil Denney headed in a free-kick. In the second period City's Michael Laws, Tommy English and Stephen Harrison all cleared off the line.

Newcastle Blue Star's promotion drive is back on course following an outstanding 4-1 win at Lancaster City, who also have their eyes on the Premier Division.

Paul Brayson rifled a superb hat-trick to take his tally for the season to 34 and David Southern also struck. Lancaster's consolation goal came late in the game from George Jackson.

Consett's lead at the top of the Skilltrainingltd Northern League First Division was trimmed to a single point in last night's busy programme. …

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