The Northern Football League
Published 22nd August 2012
.....Heritage Park on Tuesday night.
Chris Emms (45), sub Shaun Reay (65) and another sub Steve Johnson (85) scored the goals.
Darlington manager Martin Gray said afterwards: "Marske made it difficult for us in the first half, but after half time I thought we passed the ball around well. We were much more dominant after half time, and we took charge."
Marske manager Craig Gibbin said: "The time of the first goal was crucial, because 0-0 would have given us something to go at in the second half. But instead at 1-0 at half time, one or two of our players were a little bit down."
Sonny Andrews scored his first goal for Bishop Auckland when they won 2-0 at Penrith.
Andrews, who was top scorer for Spennymoor Town last season, struck after 39 minutes with a well-hit shot, and Chris Lawson increased the lead after 58 minutes.
Manager Colin Myers said: "It was a good solid performance. If we had our shooting boots, we could have scored seven or eight."
Consett won their first game of the season with a 2-0 win over Celtic Nation at Belle Vue.
They took the lead after 62 minutes with a curling shot by Andy Cuthbertson, and 6 minutes later Ryan Bell added the second from a free-kick.
CN manager Steve Skinner said: "We're not at the races at the moment. Our passing was very poor, we can't pass to save our lives. It's been coming on the first three games."
Consett manager Kenny Lindoe said: "We played well in the first half hour and created and missed three great chances. We played well in the second half and scored two well-worked goals, and our keeper was barely troubled."
Sunderland RCA won 2-1 at Durham City, Dale Jardine put RCA into the lead, but Stephen Thompson fired the equaliser. However, Ross Preston headed the winner to give RCA their first win of the season, but Durham are still without a point.
Sunderland RCA manager Neil Hixon said: "It was a tough game because the players couldn't get to grips with the pitch. It was a well-deserved three points."
Ashington came from behind to beat Whitley Bay 3-1 at Hillheads. Whitley took the lead with a free kick by Lee Kerr into the top corner, but Ashington levelled when Marc Walton scored from an acute angle. Walton then ran thtough to put Ashington into the lead, and near the end, Callum Little turned quickly and beat Kyle Hayes in the Whitley goal.
Whitley manager Ian Chandler said: "Too many of our players were off their game tonight. We played without pace and were hit twice on the counter. We need our two suspended players back as soon as possible."
South Shields beat Norton & Stockton Ancients 3-2 at Filtrona Park. Norton were head twice in the game through Dale Mulligan and Jordan Marshall, but Glenn Ford and Lee Bell in turn equalised, before Chris Feasey struck the winner.
Norton manager Andy Campbell said: "We scored two good goals, but yet again let ourselves down with suicide defending. We need to learn quick that we can't make the same mistakes over and over."