Forrest Takes West Auckland Post

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Ebac Northern League First Division club West Auckland Town have announced that former Shildon boss Gary Forrest will be their new manager.

Forrest, who guided Shildon to the league championship last season, left Dean Street on principle following the transfer of David Ferguson to Vanarama National League North side Darlington 1883, and takes over from Steve Skinner, who left a fortnight ago.

Forrest, though, won’t be able to attend his team’s game on Saturday against his old club Shildon following family commitments.

Shildon midfielder Lewis Wing led the Railwaymen to victory over Marske United at Dean Street on Wednesday night.

After the Railwaymen had a goal by Adam Burnicle disallowed after the referee consulted his assistant, Marske had midfielder Andrew Ramsbottom carried off with a knee injury.

Lewis Wing hit the post for Shildon before half-time, but he had better fortune on 65 minutes when he beat a defender and curled the ball into the top corner of the net past Marske keeper Robbie Dean for his 27th league goal of the season.

Wing, who is on his way to Middlesbrough at the end of the season, then dribbled through the Marske defence and set up Adam Burnicle for the second, and then from his left-wing cross, Marske defender Matthew Bell turned the ball into his own net for the third.

Morpeth Town are now second after they beat Washington 1-0, thanks to a first half goal by Denver Morris when he lobbed the Washington keeper.

Dunston UTS lost 2-1 at Penrith.

Dale Burrell gave Dunston the lead, then Martyn Coleman levelled from the spot.

In the Second Division, Ryton & Crawcrook Albion climbed off the bottom of the table with a 4-0 home win over Thornaby, which means that Esh Winning will finish bottom, but they may be reprieved from relegation anyway because of South Shields’ promotion and Norton & Stockton Ancients’ demise

(Ray Simpson)

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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