BISHOP Auckland staged a game-saving rally in last night’s Ebac Northern League First Division game at Guisborough Town.
Michael Roberts volleyed past Bishop goalkeeper Scott Pocklington on 34 minutes before the home side suffered a blow two minutes before the interval with the dismissal of Gary Wood.
Eventually, Bishops fought their way back into the match with ex-Guisborough player Luke Bythway reducing the deficit with a strong shot on the hour mark.
Nine minutes later, Daniel Riley, who had only been on the field for three minutes, restored parity but despite pressing against 10 men in the later stages, Bishops were unable to find a winner.
Newly promoted Crook Town stunned much-fancied Shildon to claim their first win since gaining promotion.
Former Shildon player Warren Byrne struck into the bottom corner of the net following a cross by the outstanding Robbie Bird.
Before the interval Crook went two up when Bird drove into the top corner after being set up by Adam Nichols.
Morpeth Town, who gained promotion last season, were hit for six by Penrith whose marksmen were Martyn Coleman (4) and Stephen Rigg. It wasn’t until the 88th minute that Michael Hill managed Morpeth’s solitary reply.
Billingham Synthonia were another side on the receiving end of a heavy defeat with Danny Earl (2), Danny Lambert and Jamie Owen leading Newton Aycliffe to a comfortable 4-0 victory.
There was a goals avalanche at the Daren Persson stadium when North Shields routed Whitehaven 10-0. Gareth Bainbridge struck five times with Dan Smart (2), Keith Douglas (2) and Joe Elliott also beating Whitehaven’s overworked goalkeeper Stuart Pettitt.
Brandon United conceded five times to Norton and Stockton Ancients whose marksmen were Gary Mitchell (3), Robbie Andrews and Chris Lowther. Andrew Blackburn claimed a consolation for Brandon when his side trailed by three goals.
Tow Law Town leaked three goals to Jamie Clarke, Gary Anderson (og) and Grant Hickman at Northallerton Town but then were given a lifeline by Scott Thompson and Lewis Wing. Late in the game though Colin Anderson struck the crucial fourth goal for the home side and worse was to follow for the Lawyers who had William Kelly sent off two minutes from time.
Newcomers Heaton Stannington just edged West Allotment Celtic in the Tyneside derby. Jonathan Wright struck a superb hat-trick with Ian Dunn and John Pendlebury replying for Allotment.
James Jackson (2) led Alnwick Town to victory at Ryton and Crawcrook Albion whose only reply was credited to Reece Darwent.