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Ray Simpson`s Northern League Round-Up

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Shildon beat Sunderland RCA for the second time in four days to climb up to second in the Ebac Northern League First Division table, and keep their 100 per cent away record intact.

The Railwaymen’s away form has been very impressive this season, and this was their sixth away win of the season and a good boost ahead of their Emirates FA Cup trip to Banbury United next weekend.

Shildon manager Danny Moore said; “I wasn’t pleased with the performance, but pleased with the result which is what matters. RCA is a tough place to go to and I’m pleased that we’ve taken six points from them over the two games which I don’t think many clubs will do.”

They nearly took the lead in the first half when Anthony Peacock hit the crossbar, and they were facing ten-men early in the second when RCA’s Adam McGuinness was sent-off for his second yellow.

And Shildon gained the points when Cameron Fenton, who scored the winner against Altrincham in the cup last week, fired the winner again with a left-foot shot from the edge of the area.

In the Second Division, Esh Winning are now in the top half of the table, thanks to a 3-0 away win at Alnwick Town with goals by Callum Boakes, Kieran Day and Reece Brown.

Esh Winning manager Tony Boakes said; “It was a great three points for us, because we had so many players missing.”

Brandon United moved up four places after beating West Allotment Celtic 3-1 at the Welfare Ground.

Vinny Gash scored twice and also missed a penalty with Jack Pounder scoring the other. Sean Reay replied late in the game for Allotment.

Darlington RA drew 1-1 with Heaton Stannington to leave them bottom of the table on goal difference.

Glenn Donaldson levelled for the RA with 6 minutes left.

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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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