Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ebac Northern League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ebac Northern League

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SOUTH Shields broke their club record with a 21st consecutive victory when they defeated Shildon 2-0 at home, virtually ending the current champion's chances of retaining the title and also keep North Shields in sight.

After half an hour, Robert Briggs found Jon Shaw unmarked at the back post and he played the ball across the face of the goal to find Gavin Cogdon, who scored. South Shields claimed the points two minutes into stoppage time when David Foley found Carl Finnigan, who fired the ball home to seal the win and the record.

In the crucial relegation match, it ended 3-3 between Washington and Chester-le-Street.

The home side went ahead after 33 minutes when Sam Bramley tapped home from close range. Six minutes later, it was 2-0 when Shaw found Matty Waters, and his header found the net from six yards.

In the second half, the Cestrians rallied and levelled to 2-2 with two goals in two minutes, the first from Lee Mole when he lobbed the ball home after 57 minutes. Two minutes later, Joe Hailes headed home to equalise.

Chester then took the lead, completing a remarkable fightback, when Mole crossed for Dominic Laws, who powered in a header from close range, but Washington were relieved two minutes from time when Waters found Jake Pickard on the edge of the box and his shot made it 3-3. Consett had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Jarrow Roofing BCA, after taking a two-goal lead.

They led after seven minutes when Jordan Nellis scored from a tight angle to beat keeper Lewis Brass, following a quick breakaway. It was 2-0 to Consett on 35 minutes when Michael Sweet swept the ball home.

On 45 minutes, Dennis Knight scored a brilliant goal to reduce the deficit when he beat two men and smashed the ball high into the net from 25 yards. The equaliser came on 73 minutes, when Dan Kirkup raced in at the back to head home, giving goalkeeper Peter Jefferies no chance in the Consett goal.

West Auckland were beaten 4-1 at Morpeth Town, but are still 11 points clear of the drop zone. Liam Henderson scored the first after 12 minutes when he headed home a Joseph Walton cross and 11 minutes later, it was 2-0 when Walton volleyed home. …

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