Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stl Northern League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stl Northern League

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AFTER they all won at the weekend, a crucial week looms for the three title contenders.

Leaders West Auckland Town host Whitley Bay tomorrow night, when Spennymoor Town go to Bedlington Terriers and Dunston UTS are at Guisborough Town.

West Auckland lead the field by four points from Spennymoor, who have a game in hand but after rifling nine goals in their previous game, West managed just three against relegated Stokesley SC.

John Parker, Mattie Moffat and Danny Hindmarsh were the scorers although it would have been four had Paul Hubbard not saved Mark Hudson's penalty.

Newcastle Benfield took Spennymoor to the wire before losing 2-1. Gavin Cogden was gifted a fourth-minute goal and he doubled the lead from the penalty spot. Brian Dodsworth reduced the deficit on the stroke of half-time but Benfield were unable to claim an equaliser and Moors held on for three critical points.

Dunston UTS bounced back to form and remain in contention, eight points off the top having played two games fewer than West Auckland.

Stephen Goddard bagged a brace of goals with Michael Chilton also on target in the win over South Shields.

At the other end of the table, Jarrow Roofing's relegation was confirmed when they conceded a last-minute winner to Glen Robson at Bedlington Terriers.

Paul Robinson had raised the hopes of Roofing with his 42ndminute penalty and following Stephen Bowey's equaliser, Jarrow pushed forward in a desperate attempt to win, only to leave the door open for Robson. Roofing drop down with Tow Law Town and Stokesley SC but Penrith survived when they held Ashington to a draw. Ben Jackson and Craig Scott netted for the Cumbrians with Marc Walton (pen) and Scott Allison responding. Whitley Bay's Lee Paul Scroggins, Darren Timmons and Craig McFarlane were their marksman in the win over Bishop Auckland, for whom leading marksman Andrew Johnson scored his team's only goal from the spot.

Tow Law Town scored four times away from home courtesy of Matthew Scott (2) and Mark Nixon (2). …

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