When the Ashington Colliers keeper pulled off a stunning point blank save to deny Blyth Town in a frantic final five minutes, they knew it wasn’t going to be their day.
The game was fairly even throughout but Town piled on the pressure towards the end as they looked for the three points that would have put them top.
Killingworth Station’s title hopes were kept alive with a win at Northbank courtesy of strikes by Martin Roper, Michael Bowman, Scott Bowman and Daniel Young but Red House Farm’s dreams of silverware were all but dashed in a bad-tempered defeat at Whitley Bay A that saw both sides reduced to 10 men.
David Fairgrieve and Lewis Burns hit the goals.
Peter Williams and Mark McMeekin netted for Rutherford as they came from behind to beat Seaton Delaval, who had Michael Fenwick on target, while Carlisle City’s Marc Shiel and Jamie Hope were on the scoresheet as they beat Shankhouse, who replied through Paul Dunn.
Stewart Wright’s double gave Percy Main the advantage against Stocksfield, who missed a penalty, but the Griffins drew level with goals from Ben Dibb-Fuller and Keiron Day.
John Paxton, Jordan Nellis and an own goal put Wallington in charge against Hebburn Reyrolle with Bede Finnegan and Derek Graham hitting consolations for the 10-man visitors.
A Paul Joisce goal right on half-time gave Division One leaders Cramlington Town the points against Newcastle Uni while title chasers North Shields Athletic and Newcastle Chemfica both slipped up.
Francis Storey shot lowly Heddon ahead against Athletic, who replied thanks to Ryan Bailey and although Kyle Burnip was on target for Chemfica, they were held by Hexham who netted courtesy of Matthew Blackith.
Scott Bamborough and Craig Dunn scored in New Fordley’s win over Bedlington Terriers Reserves and Andy Renton, Chris Dougthwaite and Tavis Couling (pen) were Gosforth Bohemians’ hit-men at Ponteland United. Daniel Wright pulled one back.
Ryan Davenport bagged a brace in Redheugh’s win over Wooler with Andy May and Alan Pegram getting the others. Luke Strangeways and Michael Saunders hit the target for the visitors.
Lee Cuthbertson was another two-goal hero for Birtley Saint Josephs in their win over Cullercoats. Mark Hammond and Anthony Smith added others and Elliott Mitchell pulled one back.
Red-hot Ross Muter slammed in five as AFC Newbiggin hit West Allotment Celtic A for six – and went top of Division Two. Kris Allington also beat the keeper.
Blyth Isabella went one better as Dan Carr cracked in a hat-trick at Swalwell.
Che Aisbett, Daniel Hislop and Jake Miller (2-1 pen) added to the total at Swalwell who netted a consolation through Colin Meadows.
Stu Taylor’s last minute shot was fumbled over the line by the Wideopen keeper to give Seaton Burn the win and Michael Starkie struck twice in Wallsend Boys Club’s win at Cramlington United. Steve McCabe and David Pounder completed the total.
Kenny Collins, Ross Straughan, Steve Hogg, Ryan Taylor and Neil McFall all crashed in for Alnwick Town Reserves against High Howdon, who pulled two back from Daniel Cotton and Paul Patton.
Blyth Town 0 Ashington Colliers 0; Carlisle City 2 Shankhouse 1; Gateshead Rutherford 2 Seaton Delaval Amateurs 1; Northbank Carlisle 0 Killingworth Station 4; Percy Main Amateurs 2 Stocksfield 2; Wallington 3 Hebburn Reyrolle 2; Whitley Bay A 2 Red House Farm 0.
Birtley St Josephs 4 Cullercoats 1; Cramlington Town 1 Newcastle University 0; Gateshead Redheugh 4 Wooler 2; Heddon 1 North Shields Athletic 1; New Fordley 2 Bedlington Terriers Reserves 0; Newcastle Chemfica (Independent) 1 Hexham 1; Ponteland United 1 Gosforth Bohemians 3
Alnwick Town Reserves 5 High Howdon S C 2; Cramlington United 0 Wallsend Boys Club 4; Newcastle Benfield Reserves 1 Whitburn Athletic 1; Seaton Burn 1 Wideopen & District 0; Swalwell 1 Blyth Isabella 7; West Allotment Celtic A 0 AFC Newbiggin 6.