Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ebac Northern League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ebac Northern League

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THE race for the championship could go to the wire with five sides still in contention.

Although fifth and 11 points behind leaders Guisborough Town, North Shields have four games in hand while Marske United, Shildon and West Auckland Town are also in the race.

Guisborough Town came back from a two-goal deficit at Durham Citywhose marksmen were Arjun Purewal and Kyle Fryatt with a brilliant individual strike.

Luke Bythway led the fightback and, after James Risborough levelled, Guisborough scored twice through Andrew May and Danny Earl late in the game.

Marske United are second after edging third-top West Auckland Town, whose title hopes are all but mathematically over.

At one stage, though, West Auckland were in the driving seat with a penalty by Alex Francis awarded when Darren Hollingsworth was sent off.

The visitors quickly made the numerical advantage count with a second goal from Stephen Richardson but Marske then produced an exciting rally and clinched victory with strikes by Danny Brunskill, Jamie Owens, Josh MacDonald and Craig Gott (pen).

Shildon, who were without a fixture, stay third and North Shields moved into fourth place with victory at Newton Aycliffe, where Ryan Carr scored the only goal.

The Robins have it in their own hands to finish top since they have played fewer games than the four teams above them.

Newcastle Benfield were the biggest scorers of the day when they hit 10-man Consett with a seven-goal blitz from Dan Taylor (3), Paul Brayson, Mark Turnbull, Richie Slaughter and debutant Chris Hardy.

The Steelmen had Steven Turnbull sent off in the 13th minute when it was all-square.

Ashington were also in scoring mode and strikes from Andrew Johnson (2), Tony Stephenson and David Webster earned them a comfortable victory at home to Crook Town. …

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