Northern League Roundup
Simon Hahn rounds up the last week in Northern League Division 1.
So our bubble has finally burst at the fifth attempt and reality has hit home. A 4-1 loss on Wednesday at Guisborough Town ends our winning start to the season and inquests from Darlo and fellow Northern League fans are already taking place. Despite the loss we still have a lot to be positive about and hopefully we can bounce back at the first attempt at home to Consett on Saturday.
Spennymoor, as expected, are looking strong and after two wins this week sit above the Quakers on goal difference having played a game less. Two home games have brought two home wins against Newton Aycliffe and Dunston. Both these sides remain rooted to the foot of the table with neither able to pick up a point so far having played eleven games between them.
This week, as most of you probably know, has seen us fall from top spot down to third in the table. West Auckland now sit top with thirteen points from a possible fifteen. They came from two down at the weekend to gain what could be a crucial point at Ashington before winning 2-0 at home to Consett on Tuesday night.
The stand out score line of the season so far though, came at Shildon on Wednesday night. Having already won 6-0 twice in the FA cup this season they put eleven past South Shields. The club now sit fifth in the table, are yet to be beaten this season and are proving the surprise package so far.
The other team, to round off the top five, are Bishop Auckland who still only have their defeat against Darlington on the opening day as a mark against an otherwise perfect start to the season. After winning away to South Shields they squeezed past Ashington who themselves have proved a tough outfit to beat so far.
Celtic Nation had a good week and now their players are starting to gel they may quickly rise up the table to challenge for the top few spots. They progressed in the FA Vase as well as picking up a much needed three points in the league away to Billingham Synthonia.
The weekend, now more than ever, will be crucial for the Quakers after Wednesday night’s defeat. With all of the other top six sides in FA Cup qualifying action this weekend, a win would see us again move to the top of the table even though we would have played two games more than some of our rivals.
Billingham Synthonia v Whitley Bay
Darlington v Consett
Guisborough Town v Newcastle Benfield
Newton Aycliffe v Marske
Penrith v Hebburn
Sunderland RCA v Norton and Stockton
Team Northumbria v Billingham Town