Table-Topping Encounter Ends Goalless

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The Ebac Northern League First Division`s top of the table clash between leaders Darlington 1883 and second-placed…..

….Spennymoor Town on Wednesday night ended in a goalless stalemate.

Darlington were left to rue not taking their chances to score as they were held in a much-anticipated encounter that drew an attendance of 1,832 – Darlington’s highest of the season – and most were pleased by Quakers’ performance as they came close to ending Spennymoor’s unbeaten run.

Newton Aycliffe suffered a blow in their relegation fight when they were beaten 3-1 at home by Penrith.

Newton Aycliffe had the better of the early chances in their game against Penrith, but they fell behind when Matthew Read scored from the spot following a foul by Danny Lambert on Ben Jackson.

Aycliffe levelled just after half-time when Kris Hughes crossed for Lambert to firing home close range, but Penrith regained the lead again when Jackson scored with a 30-yarder into the top corner.

Aycliffe pushed for an equaliser, but they were caught 2 minutes from time when Scott Allison fired past Scott Pocklington.

Dunston UTS maintained their excellent defensive record, drawing 0-0 at Billingham Synthonia for their tenth clean sheet in eleven matches.

Bedlington Terriers beat Marske United 3-1 to go fifth.

They took the lead through Phil Bannister, but Jordan Hugill levelled at the start of the second half from a rebound.

Bedlington regained the lead when Bannister scored from close range, and then Martin Brittain fired the third.

In the Second Division, North Shields won 3-1 at Ryton & Crawcrook Albion.

They took the lead on 56 minutes when James Harmison scored from a Ben Richardson free-kick, and Rob Nolan made it 2-0 on 77 minutes.

Ryton pulled one back from a free-kick by David Backhouse, but Shields went 3-1 up through Dean Holmes. Ryton had Marc Nicholson sent-off.

West Allotment Celtic easily beat Birtley Town 4-1.

They took an early lead through Dean Lee, with player-manager Paul Stoneman quickly adding the second.

David Dormand fired the third just before the break. Birtley hit back from a Wyn Fremlyn free-kick, but Lee then scored his second of the game.

Morpeth moved closer to the leaders, beating Jarrow Roofing 3-2.

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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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