Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stl Northern League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stl Northern League

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JARROW Roofing made an encouraging start on their return to the top flight but recent results have seen them slip into the bottom six, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

They were very much the underdogs at Belle Vue Park on Saturday but almost turned the form book on its head.

Goals from Daniel Kirkup and Peter Watling rocked leaders Consett who rallied and won with three late goals.

Danny Craggs threw them a lifeline but Richie McLoughlin''s side was still ahead with five minutes left on the clock.

Gavin Barton equalised and three minutes from time he was again on target to see Consett home by the narrowest of margins.

Consett lead the table by two points from Spennymoor Town who were held to a draw by resurgent Sunderland RCA.

Joe Walton shocked the hosts with his fifth-minute header and the Wearsiders had the better of the first-half exchanges. Moors improved and after Michael Laws restored parity they bombarded the visitors'' goal but were unable to produce a winning strike. Third-top Shildon were taken to the wire by South Shields before edging victory with goals by Andrew Johnson and Lee Chapman (pen). Late in the game Chris Winn replied for the Mariners.

Newcastle Benfield enjoyed a comfortable victory over Bishop Auckland with goals from Shaun Bell, John Campbell, Richard Paxton and Keiron McDonald. Dan Hawkins and Steve Turnbull were on target for the visitors. Whitley Bay are fifth defeating Billingham Synthonia with an only goal by substitute Glen Taylor.

Dunston UTS consolidated a top six position with an easy win at home to Esh Winning who were first to score through Mark Nixon. Once Fergal Harkin levelled, UTS dominated and their pressure was rewarded with further goals from Steven Preen, Michael Dixon and Andrew Bulford.

Bedlington Terriers lost for the fourth consecutive time when West Auckland Town won by the odd goal in five. …

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