Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ebac Northern League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ebac Northern League

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WITH the season about to go into the penultimate month, it remains extremely close in the Ebac Northern League First Division relegation fight.

Only six points separate eighth-bottom Newcastle Benfield and Bedlington Terriers, who are third from the basement.

The two sides both won on Saturday when Benfield, in particular, did their survival chances the world of good by hitting Sunderland RCA for six.

The goals flowed from Paul Brayson, who rifled a hat-trick, man-of-the-match Mattie Cornish, Dan Taylor and Mark Convery. Clayton Davis claimed a consolation for the Wearsiders.

Bedlington also gained three crucial points following an eight-goal thriller with Norton and Stockton Ancients, who have a lot to do if they are to avoid the drop.

Fortunes ebbed and flowed in the first 50 minutes at the end of which honours were even.

Marc Walton (pen) gave Terriers a second-minute lead but Norton turned the tables through Thibault Charmey and Philip Caley.

Jonathan Wright levelled and Bedlington then grabbed the initiative, going 4-2 up courtesy of Mason Stephenson and Wright.

When Ryu Williamson cut the difference to a single goal it was all to play for, but the Terriers came out on top as Wright completed a match-winning hat-trick.

Durham City, who were without a fixture, are sandwiched between Norton and Bedlington and Whitley Bay are just outside the drop zone following their defeat on Friday. Jarrow Roofing are also looking over their shoulders.

Despite taking an early lead courtesy of Paul Chow, they went down to leaders Shildon for whom Ben Wood, Lewis Dodds and Michael Rae (pen) replied.

West Auckland Town, another team with a free day, and West Allotment Celtic, winners over Whitley Bay on Friday, are also in the relegation dog fight.

At the top, Shildon now have a 16-point lead over Marske United who have five games in hand but Guisborough Town's lingering hopes of finishing top receded when they were held to a draw at Dunston UTS. …

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