Penalty keeps title race alive to the end

ABU Baker Sallin kept the title race alive with a penalty that consigned Alnwick Town to only their second defeat of the season.

Central’s players were keen to give boss Mick Jeffels a good send-off and also hit the woodwork on three occasions in this surprise 1-0 success.

Ponteland United took full advantage to extend their lead at the top with a 2-0 victory over Ashington Colliers. Harry Tulip and Mark Dunn got the goals in each half.

Jamie Heath hit a last-minute winner for Carlisle City as they moved back up to third with a 3-2 win at Blyth Town. John Craig shot Town ahead after just two minutes, but Mark Graham levelled on 11 minutes. Dan Gawith gave the Cumbrians the advantage on the half-hour, but Jeff Fuller equalised with five minutes to go, then Heath struck.

There was also a last-minute goal at Seaton Delaval as Stocksfield came back from 2-0 down to snatch a point.

Nick Gray and Liam Cairns put Delaval in charge, but Ryan Marshall gave the Griffins hope, and Steven Forster levelled in the dying seconds.

Cramlington Town’s slender survival hopes were boosted as they beat fellow strugglers Murton 2-1, Simon Wilson hitting a brace and Tom Wilkie replying.

Wark went down 3-2 at Percy Main where Matty Dunn also scored twice. Malcolm Morien hit the other, with Matthew McLaughlan and John Framelton replying.

David Dormand gave Shankhouse the lead against Killingworth, and the advantage was doubled by an own goal. Dormand added his second and Michael Bell made it four soon after, with Killingworth’s Liam Callaghan netting a consolation.

Stobswood Welfare lifted themselves over from the relegation places with a 3-2 win at Wallington. Kevin Bell hit two and Ronnie Warwick the other, with Kyle Reardon and John Paxton netting for Wallington.

North Shields Athletic’s Dean Bolam and Steve Ardley celebrated as they got off the basement with a 2-1 success over Berwick United Ultras, who are now in danger of the drop themselves. Jamie Punton put away a penalty consolation.

Morpeth Sports also climbed away with a 2-0 win over Newcastle Uni, with the goals coming from Dale Chubb and Jonathon Harland.

Newcastle Chemfica stretched their lead at the top of Division Two as they came from behind to win 2-1 at Seaton Burn. Ian Armstrong shot Seaton Burn ahead from the penalty spot, but goals from Steve McLaughlin and Alex Tooley won it for Chemfica.

Glen Johnson hit a hat-trick for Willington Quay Saints as they won 4-2 at Northbank. Mark Henderson also scored, with Gary Richardson and Andrew Sherrard replying.

In the premier division on Monday, Craig Cook’s tenth minute goal for Seaton Delaval Amateurs saw Alnwick Town crash to their second defeat in three days.

Swalwell were 3-2 victors over Red House Farm, with Tony King netting a brace and Stuart Rook grabbing the other. Robert Nolan and Mick Steinmetz were the Red House marksmen.