The Northern Football League
Published 23rd August 2012
....Billingham Town 4-1 at Darlington Road on Wedneday night, partly thanks to a hotly-disputed penalty.
West took the lead when Mattie Moffat turned in a right wing cross from John Campbell after 33 minutes, but Jamie Owens headed an equaliser from a Mattie Garbutt cross. However, Adam Rundle quickly restored West’s lead with a left foot shot, and Town’s task was made harder when defender Alan Cosavella was very harshly sent-off for a professional foul when he challenged Campbell for the ball in the box and Campbell scored from the spot. Elliott Gardner scored West’s fourth right at the end.
Spennymoor Town brushed Guisborough Town aside by 6-0 at the King George.
Moors took the lead in just the 4th minute through Anthony Peacock, and by half-time Gavin Cogdon added two more. Recent signing Mark Davison took over in the second half, and scored a hat trick.
Spennymoor manager Jason Ainsley said: "In the first half we started well but once we scored we sat back and just settled for it. In the second half once Titch scored early on we were superb and looked like we were going to score every time we went forward. Credit to the lads their work rate was tremendous."
Guisborough manager Chris Hardy said: "The first half was a tight affair with the visitors taking a slender lead into the interval, they wasn't much between the two sides at this point. “The second could not have started in a worst manner the visitors doubling their lead in the first minute of the half, from this point things seemed to go downhill, lots of misplaced passes and poor possession from ourselves, plus the fact we were up against first class opposition who had a work rate to match. "
Shildon also won their second game of the season, defeating Newcastle Benfield 2-0 at Dean Street.
Sam Garvie put them into the lead after 25 minutes, with Ben Wood adding the second with a 25 yarder. Shildon missed chances for further goals in the second half.
Shildon manager Gary Forrest said: "We were very impressive in first half but took foot off the gas in second half. We passed the ball very well."
Newcastle Benfield manager Perry Briggs said: "We were second best in the first half, because Shildon's movement was very good. They will be amongst the front runners for the title."
Newton Aycliffe lost 4-1 at home to Hebburn. The visitors took the lead when Liam McBryde fired them into the lead, and he added a second in a breakaway.
Paul Robinson pulled a goal back before half-time, but after 75 minutes Stu Nicholson put Hebburn 3-1 up. Paul Gardiner scored the fourth right at the death.
Hebburn manager Paul Bennett said: "It was a superb team performance. It was a great response from the players and a joy to watch. We're glad to get off the mark."
Newton Aycliffe manager Alan Oliver said: "We can't afford to concede goals for fun. Opposing sides are merciless in this division. Considering our injury problems, I would have taken a point before the game."
Bedlington Terriers scored twice in the last 3 minutes to win 3-1 at Billingham Synthonia, with all the gaols coming in the second half.
Paul Brayson (2) and Andrew Ferrell scored for Bedlington, with Chay Liddle equalising at one point for Synners.
Synners` assistant-manager Lee Tucker said: "Another missed opportunity for us. Bedlington were the better team in the first half and we were happy to be level at the break. After conceding a goal to a defensive mistake we then got on top and looked the more likely to win it. But it wasn't to be, and we were caught with a sucker punch to go 2-1 down, and we sent our keeper up for a last minute corner which they broke away from and scored. Very frustrating."