Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Town Suffer the Blues, as Title Race Heats Up; BAY PLASTICS NA DIVISION ONE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Town Suffer the Blues, as Title Race Heats Up; BAY PLASTICS NA DIVISION ONE

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BLYTH Town slipped to only their second defeat of the season as the title race reached boiling point.

The South Newsham side had beaten visitors Carlisle City in the Bay Plastics Challenge Cup final just three days previously, and set about the Cumbrians again in a first half which saw them well on top without being able to make the decisive breakthrough.

That all changed just three minutes after the turnaround as City's veteran Irish full-back Alan Casey charged up the pitch, and he was in the right place at the right time to put away the opener.

Lee Middleton grabbed an equaliser in the 77th minute but the Sky Blues regained the advantage seven minutes from the end as Mark Worrall struck. City keeper Michael Ballantyne pulled off a couple of superb saves to deny Town a second comeback late on.

Whitley Bay A reduced the gap at the top to just two points, and have a game in hand, as leading scorer Andy Robertson hit the only goal in the closing stages at Killingworth Town. With the top two meeting at Hillheads on Saturday, a mouthwatering clash is anticipated. There was late excitement in the derby clash at Percy Main with the Villager's Dan Sneap bundling in a deep Elliott Mitchell cross in the last minute to beat local rivals North Shields Athletic.

Sam Thompson had raced onto Stew Wright's clever flick on to steer in his 12th goal of the season in the 33rd minute, but it had looked like Athletic had snatched a share of the spoils when Dan Barlow tucked away from close range with three minutes left - until Sneap broke their hearts.

Rutherford couldn't force an equaliser but went close - they rattled the woodwork twice in trying to battle back from two down against Seaton Delaval.

Goals from Jordan Stevens and Michael Fenwick put the Red Devils on top but there was an Alamo-style finish after Lewis Whybrow pulled one back for 'Ford.

Jonathon Wilson was 35-yards out when he unleashed a special to give Shankhouse a 29th-minute lead against Northbank; Stephen Young was around three yards out when he put away the second in the 48th minute. …

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