Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ebac Northern League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ebac Northern League

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THE last two relegation places were confirmed on Saturday but a four-horse race is still raging for the championship.

Billingham Synthonia, who have spent just one season outside the top flight in their long history, and Celtic Nation will join Crook Town in Division Two next season.

Shildon have it in their own hands to clinch the title but are being chased by Guisborough Town, Marske United and North Shields and it's likely the outcome will not be known until the last day of the campaign.

Shildon are third following a nervy victory over Whitley Bay, when Sam Hodgson headed in the only goal.

Guisborough Town lead the field after coming from behind to defeat Dunston UTS, for whom Gary Ormston scored early in the second half. Liam McPhillips levelled within 10 minutes but it was only in the final eight minutes the home side made sure of the points thanks to Danny Earl and Curtis Round.

Marske United are second, two points off the top with a game in hand on Guisborough.

The Seasiders made no mistake at Consett as the goals flowed from Josh McDonald with a hat-trick and Glen Butterworth. A Michael Mackay penalty was the Steelmen's only response.

Shildon and North Shields have played fewer games than their rivals. The Robins were the only one of the four contenders not to win. They had to settle for a goal-less draw with Durham City, but nevertheless remain in the frame.

Billingham Synthonia needed to win at Morpeth Town in their last game to have any chance of surviving but they were well beaten as Ben Sayer (3) and Michael Chapman struck.

For weeks, Celtic Nation have looked doomed and their relegation was confirmed by Jarrow Roofing's win in Carlisle where Bruno Pilatos, Lewis Teasdale and Shaun Vipond netted. Jamie Salkeld claimed a consolation goal for the Cumbrians.

Three sides who could have gone down are now safe, including West Allotment Celtic, who hit Bedlington Terriers for six. …

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