Ray Simpson`s Midweek Round-Up

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North Shields went eleven points clear at the top of the EBAC Northern League First Division table with a 2-1 home win over Consett on Wednesday night.

Shields went in front just before half-time when a header by Dean Holmes was miskicked into his own net by Consett defender Adam Knowles, but Consett levelled straight after the break through Dan Hawkins at the second attempt.

But Shields went back in front when Dan Wilson back-heeled the ball into the net after a free-kick was parried by the Consett keeper.

Seaham Red Star drew 1-1 at Penrith.

Martyn Coleman put Penrith into the lead, but Craig Lynch equalised from the penalty spot.

The Morpeth Town versus Ashington game was postponed just before kick-off because of a waterlogged pitch.

In the Second Division, Crook Town jumped three places to seventh-from-bottom after beating Willington 3-1 at the Millfield.

Willington took the lead with a header by Will Preston, but Daniel Pigg fired the equaliser for Crook before half-time.

Joe Calvert then put Crook in front in the second half, with Pigg finishing Willington off.

Durham City’s promotion hopes have gone after they lost 2-0 at Heaton Stannington, for whom Dan Robinson and Josh Holland scored.

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion and Northallerton Town drew 3-3.

Liam Anderson and Harry Mitchell put Ryton 2-0 by the 25th minute, with Nicky Martin pulling a goal back.

Northallerton then had their keeper Michael Thackeray sent-off along with Ryton’s Mitchell so outfield player Stuart Owen went in goal.

Sam Moore made it 3-1 to Ryton on the hour-mark, but Steve Cheeseman and Marcus Laing scored to give Northallerton a point.

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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