Seaham suffer third consecutive home defeat


EBAC Northern League Division 1

Seaham Red Star 1-2 Consett

McBryde 13                   Elliott 44  Sweet 64

Seaham Red Star joint-manager Chris McCabe expressed his frustration following his side’s 2-1 defeat to Consett yesterday evening.

Liam McBryde took an early lead for the hosts, but Jack Elliott equalised on the brink of half time and Michael Sweet went on to win the game for the visitors in the second half.

McCabe told SportsByte after the game: “I’m very frustrated.

“We had enough chances to win the game.

“I’m really disappointed with the two goals we conceded, but I feel like I’m saying that after every game now.”

The two sides were fairly evenly matched in the opening 10 minutes, but it wasn’t long until Seaham found an opening.

Aaron Croft played a cracking long ball to Lee Hetherington on the right-hand side, and the winger put in a great ball through to Liam McBryde who tapped home from close range in the 13th minute to score his third goal in as many games.

Seaham’s goal appeared to be a wake-up call for Consett as they began to look lively.

They came close to getting an equaliser in the 27th minute when Daniel Hawkins’ free kick around 25-yards out went just wide of the mark.

Nicholas Kane, later tried his luck from long-range in the 36th minute for the hosts but his effort went well over the bar.

Kane came off injured shortly before half-time, and then four minutes into the second half Consett came very close to taking the lead.

David Dowson was on the receiving end of a brilliant cross, but his powerless effort two-yards away was kept out by Harkess with ease.

Seaham had a rare opportunity in the 58th minute as Robbie Bird made a great run on the left-hand side only for his shot to be parried away by Ross Coombe and McBryde’s rebound went well wide of the goal.

Consett then took the lead six minutes later through Michael Sweet.

The former Billingham player was on the receiving end of a brilliant ball from Dowson on the right and he headed home with ease from close-range.

Seaham only really threatened four minutes from time, when Thomas Price made a promising run on the left only for his effort to go just wide of the goal.

The result means Seaham drop to ninth position ahead of their clash with bottom side Billingham Synthonia on Saturday whilst Consett move up to sixth.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Hodgson (Chapman 80), Scorer, Staunch, Price, Kane (Bramley 45), Croft, Hetherington, Bird, Davis (T Scott 76), McBryde.

Booked: Harkess

Subs not used: Galbraith and Wilkinson.

Consett: Coombe, Lawrence (Rogan 65), McKinnon, Purewal, Slocombe, Kay, Hawkins, Lavery, Elliott (Smith 80), Sweet (Mackay 70) , Dowson.

Booked: Slocombe and Lavery

Subs not used: Cassidy and J Scott.

Attendance: 112

The full interview with Chris McCabe is available here.


Seaham secure first win in five at Dunston UTS

Dunston away

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Dunston UTS 0-2 Seaham Red Star

McBryde 13 Croft 52

Seaham Red Star joint-manager Paul Johnston said he was ‘over the moon’ as his side secured their first win in five away to Dunston UTS this afternoon.

“I’m over the moon with the effort we put in today,” he told SportsByte

“We took a tough defeat against North Shields in midweek, and we didn’t perform against them.

“The reaction today was spot on.”

Liam McBryde took an early lead for the visitors, before Aaron Croft secured the win in the 52nd minute in what was a dominant Seaham performance.

It was a very open game to start off with, but it only took Seaham 13 minutes to break the deadlock.

Liam McBryde found an opening on the right-hand side and lobbed the ball over the keeper’s head to take the lead for the visitors.

Robbie Bird looked lively on the left-flank for Seaham, and he cut through on the left only for his shot to be pushed away by keeper Niall Harrison one-on-one seven minutes later.

Lee Hetherington came close in the 26th minute, but his effort on the end of Davis’ ball went over the bar.

The only time Dunston really threatened in the first half was when Liam Thear’s brilliant strike hit the post, five minutes from half time.

Seaham continued t0 be on top in the second half, and it only took them seven minutes to double their lead after the break.

Robbie Bird’s strike was saved by Harrison before Aaron Croft fired the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Liam McBryde almost added to his goal tally in the 65th minute but his effort hit the post and then Ash Davis’ rebound was offside.

Ash Davis looked lively towards the end of the game, testing the Dunston keeper on three occasions in the last five minutes.

In the 85th minute, the striker’s shot was blocked one-on-one by Harrison before he hit the ball into the side-netting four minutes later.

In the 90th minute, substitute Thomas Scott worked well on the left-hand side and put the ball into Davis but his effort was blocked by the defender – this summed up Davis’ luck.

Seaham won 2-0, in a game that they should’ve won by 3 or 4.

The win means Seaham move up a place to ninth ahead of their next game against Consett at home on Tuesday.

Dunston UTS: Harrison, Hiftle, Hall, Pollock, Halliday(c) (Thear 48), Allan, Stafford (Dixon 64), Elliott, Rundle, Thear, Anderson.

Booked: Thear

Subs not used: Jones, Clark, Swailes.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Staunch, Scorer, Price, Hetherington (Bailey 81), Hodgson, Croft (Bramley 86), Bird(c), McBryde (Scott 83), Davis.

Booked: Hetherington and Bird.

Subs not used: Chapman and Galbraith.

The full interview with Paul Johnston is available here.

Braces from Bainbridge and Carr grab bragging-rights as North Shields destroy Seaham

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Seaham Red Star 1-5 North Shields

McBryde 6                   Bainbridge 14,64 Carr 8,73 Luccock 89

Braces from Gareth Bainbridge and Ryan Carr grabbed them the bragging-rights at the Fergus Motors Stadium last night as Seaham Red Star sunk to a heavy defeat to in-form North Shields.

Seaham did take the lead through Liam McBryde six minutes in, but North Shields were undoubtedly better in every department as they responded with five goals during the course the game, with the fifth coming from substitute James Luccock on the brink of full time.

The game got off to an eventful start with underdogs Seaham taking the lead six minutes in through Liam McBryde, who latched onto a great ball from the left – netting from close range.

Their lead only lasted two minutes though thanks to some poor Seaham defending -handing Ryan Carr the ball on a plate to equalise from close range.

North Shields looked a very confident side, and in the 14th minute they hit the hosts on the break and Gareth Bainbridge soon had his first of the night heading home from close -range to take the lead.

Seaham were still in the game at this point though, and Liam McBryde almost got the hosts back on level terms six minutes later but his one-on-one effort was pushed wide by keeper Kyle Hayes.

Chris McCabe’s side were still in with a chance at the half-way stage, but this chance was completely taken away from them in the second half.

Gareth Bainbridge had his second of the night in the 64th minute, hijacking Bradley Staunch’s poor pass-back, and beating Harkess one-on-one to extend his side’s lead.

Nine minutes later, North Shields’ lead was extended even further when right-back Ryan Carr had his second of the night for the visitors.

Carr’s powerful effort from long-range beat keeper Harkess and this meant two players were on a hat-trick for North Shields.

Substitute James Luccock stole the glory at the end however, as he added a fifth in the 89th minute.

Lee Mason made a good run through the defence, and Bainbridge was free at the far post but he gifted the ball to Luccock and putting the ball away wasn’t a problem for him on what was a depressing night for Seaham Red Star fans.

Last night’s result means North Shields move to top of the Division 1 table, as Seaham drop to 10th ahead of their next fixture away to Dunston UTS.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Staunch, Scorer, Chapman, Johnston (Bailey 32), Hodgson (Bramley 68), Kane (Hetherington 49), Bird, McBryde, Davis.

Subs not used: Galbraith and Scott.

North Shields: Hayes, Carr, Summerley, Ormston, Robson, Hughes, Robinson, Forster, Bainbridge, Mason, Holmes (Luccock 74).

Subs not used: Wilson, McCafferty, McFarlane, Donnison.

Attendance: 162


McCabe disappointed as Seaham Red Star suffer third consecutive defeat

Whitley Bay (H)

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Seaham Red Star 0-2 Whitley Bay

Potter 16 pen, 45+5 pen

Seaham Red Star Manager Chris McCabe described his side’s performance as ‘lacklustre’ as they fell to their third consecutive defeat at home to Whitley Bay yesterday (Saturday 7th October).

Thomas Potter’s two penalties, in the 16th and then fifth minute of added time at the end of the first half, separated the two sides on the day.

The former Hartlepool United player was clearly concerned about his side giving away two penalties, telling SportsByte: “Obviously conceding one penalty isn’t good, but then conceding two – one just before the end of half time – has effectively killed the game off.

“Poor defending cost us for the first penalty and then the second one we just switched off.

“They’ve caught us on the break and I think Liam has made the tackle on him.

“To be fair though, they were both stonewall penalties so we can’t really complain about that.”

Seaham came close six minutes in as Robbie Bird’s impressive ball was cleared away by the defender, with Liam McBryde looking to head home at the far post.

However, this didn’t set the theme of the game as Kyle Patton’s close range effort for Whitley Bay was kept out by Jordan Harkess in the 11th minute and five minutes later the visitors were awarded a penalty.

Patton was tripped in the box by a Seaham defender, Thomas Potter stepped up and the keeper went the other way.

The hosts had a rare chance in the 28th minute when David Scorer connected with a corner at the far post but his header went straight into the hands of Thomas Flynn.

Whitley Bay continued to look the better side however, and Ross Wilkinson headed wide for them on the end of Patton’s free kick in the 42nd minute.

The visitors had another penalty awarded in the fifth minute of added time time when another forward was brought down in the box and Potter had no problem in repeating his magic, this time smashing the ball in the top-left corner.

Despite the fact that Robbie Bird came close for Seaham, with his 51st minute effort being blocked and out for a corner, Whitley Bay continued to be in control of the game.

Noah Summers’ 53rd minute header went just over for the visitors, and then they sat back and defended well.

Whitley Bay’s defence only looked vulnerable when their keeper came off injured four minutes from time.

Striker Liam Brooks went between the sticks for Marc Nash’s side for the rest of the game, as the side had used all three subs,  but he was protected brilliantly by his defence despite Seaham stepping up their game.

Lee Hetherington’s ambitious overhead kick went wide for the hosts and Callum Munro’s powerful effort had the same fate.

Seaham remain in 8th place in the Northern League Division 1 Table, and face a tough test against North Shields, who yesterday beat Jarrow Roofing 4-1, on Tuesday at the Ferguson Motors Repair Stadium.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Staunch, Scorer, Price, Johnston (Bailey 79), Croft, Kane (Hodgson 45), Chapman (Hetherington 66), Bird, McBryde.

Subs not used: Bramley and Scott.

Whitley Bay: Flynn, Nearney, Wilkinson, Summers, Walker, Kempster, Haley, Potter, Charmey (Glen-Ravenhill 19), Patton (Cornish 63), Jasper (Brooks 78).

Subs not used: Hall and Robertson.

Attendance: 190

Sunderland youngsters win comfortably against Ryhope CW

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Ryhope CW 1-3 Sunderland XI

Weirs 61            Diamond 30  Connelly 35,45

A Lee Connelly double and a Jack Diamond goal ensured a comfortable victory for Sunderland’s youngsters on Wednesday night against Northern League side Ryhope Colliery Welfare at the Recreation Ground in a friendly played just three miles south of Sunderland City Centre. Substitute Matthew Weirs did get one back for the spirited home side but it didn’t help them towards any kind of result.

Ryhope had a strong start to the game, and looked really up for it in the first half-hour.

Winger James Ellis executed Ryhope’s first chance of the game when he beat the Sunderland defence before his powerless effort did nothing to trouble visiting keeper James Talbot.

Ellis then had another chance for the hosts 12 minutes later, making a brilliant run on the left-hand side before his shot was saved by Talbot to his right and Josh Holme-Jackson, who made a similar run on the right-hand side, couldn’t quite latch on to score the rebound.

Ryhope were punished for their missed chances when Sunderland took the lead against the run of play in the 29th minute. Jack Diamond did brilliantly to get the ball onto his right-foot before burying it past keeper Jonathan Ball in the bottom-right corner roughly 25-yards out.

Diamond nearly had his second goal of the night in the 34th minute when he cut into the box from the left and his effort was pushed away and out for a corner by Ball.

Moments later Liam Connelly doubled Sunderland’s lead when he placed the ball past Ball from close-range when found in space in the box.

Ryhope came close just before half time when Ben Riding met the corner sweetly only for his diving header to be kept out brilliantly by Talbot.

On the brink of half time, Sunderland extended their lead to three goals thanks to Liam Connelly yet again. The former Queens Park man latched onto a brilliant ball and his powerful effort made it into the top corner.

Five minutes into the second half, Christopher Allan’s free kick was pushed away excellently by Ryhope keeper Ball.

Midfielder Allan continued to impress, and his next effort was blocked well by Ryhope’s Nathaniel Skidmore and went out for a corner.

Just moments later Matthew Weirs got a goal back for the hosts – putting the ball past the keeper on the end of a good ball from the left-hand side from close range.

Sunderland came close six minutes later with England U18 international Daniel Wright volleying just over the bar on the end of a great ball in from Josh Robson.

Substitute Sunny Best’s 74th minute effort went just over the bar for the visitors, and ten minutes later Robbie Dunne’s attempt at goal brought a brilliant save from Ryhope sub keeper Anthony Lowerson from close range.

The game ended 3-1 to Sunderland’s youngsters in a good run out for both teams at the Recreation Ground.

Ryhope CW: Ball, Cairns, Cox, Lay, Riding, Trewick, Wallace, Nicholson, Davies (c), Holme-Jackson, Ellis.

Subs used: Gordon, Bott, Skidmore, Melville, Weirs and Lowerson (GK).

Sunderland XI: Talbot, J Robson, Storey, Taylor (c), T Robson, Allan, Connelly, Wright, Diamond, Hackett, Kokolo.

Subs used: Patterson, Poame, Dunne, Young, Best, McAughtrie.




Preston and Sunderland share points in enthralling encounter

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Sky Bet Championship

Preston North End 2-2 Sunderland

Harrop 55 Hugill 57     Honeyman 28 McGeady 59

Preston North End and Sunderland shared the points in an enthralling encounter at Deepdale today. George Honeyman took the lead for the visitors with a well-worked goal 28 minutes in before there were three goals in the space of four minutes coming from Preston’s Josh Harrop and Jordan Hugill and former Preston loanee Aiden McGeady.

Both sides had a good start to the game and it was very end-to-end initially. In the 16th minute the hosts came close when Tom Barkhuizen beat his man and put in a good ball towards Alan Browne whose effort was blocked in its tracks by Tyias Browning. It appeared to be a handball, but the referee didn’t agree with this.

Ten minutes later, Sunderland’s George Honeyman fired wide of the mark on the end of a corner.

The winger was involved in the action again just two minutes later. James Vaughan held the ball up well to lay it off to the 23-year-old who linked up well with Lynden Gooch before smashing the ball into the top corner to put Simon Grayson’s side in front.

The visitors dominated much of the first half, with Lee Cattermole bossing the midfield. Aiden McGeady also looked bright for the visitors and he fired the ball just over the bar three minutes from half time.

Preston started the second half brightly, and Tom Barkhuizen came close for them seven minutes in. Jordan Hugill made a great run through the Sunderland defence but his pass towards the unmarked winger was too powerful for him.

Alex Neil’s side continued their great start to the second half moments later when Josh Harrop equalised with a brilliant free kick in from the left that made its way into the bottom-right corner.

By the 57th minute, the hosts were 2-1 up. Alan Browne made it through the Sunderland defence and Browning’s clearance only made it to Jordan Hugill whose powerful strike beat Jason Steele and sent the home fans wild.

Preston’s lead only lasted two minutes however as their former fans’ favourite Aiden McGeady retrieved the ball well from a defender and buried the ball past Maxwell to put the visitors back in the game.

The excitement continued as Alan Browne then hit the crossbar for the hosts in the 61st minute.

Sunderland looked to push for a crucial winner, and they came fairly close in the 73rd minute when George Honeyman’s cross was headed wide of the mark by James Vaughan.

The visitors’ best chance to win the game came ten minutes later when substitute Duncan Watmore kept the ball in and gifted the ball to Cattermole whose effort at an open goal was blocked and out for a corner.

A lack of communication between Watmore and McGeady led to the former heading the ball wide from close range in the 86th minute, and then three minutes later the impressive Lee Cattermole found an opening and made a darting run but his low cross couldn’t quite reach Watmore and the game ended in a draw.

Despite a very valuable point away to Preston North End, Sunderland drop to 23rd whilst Preston drop one place to sixth ahead of the international break.

Preston North End: Maxwell, Fisher, Huntington (c), Davies, Earl, Johnson, Browne, Barkhuizen (69), Harrop, Maguire (Robinson 88), Hugill (Mavididi 77).

Booked: Fisher

Unused subs: Hudson, Vermijl, Woods, Spurr.

Sunderland: Steele, Jones (Oviedo 70), Browning, O’Shea, Matthews, N’Dong, Cattermole (c), McGeady, Honeyman (Williams 84), Gooch (Watmore 64), Vaughan.

Booked: Steele

Unused subs: Ruiter, McManaman, Kone, Gibson.

Attendance: 17,621 (2,900 away)


Hartlepool frustrated as they lose 2-1 to Eastleigh

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Vanarama National League

Hartlepool United 1-2 Eastleigh

Munns 90                      Howe 48 Yeates 52

Early second-half goals from Callum Howe and Mark Yeates was enough to gift Eastleigh a deserved win over Hartlepool United yesterday and make the 600 mile round-trip worthwhile for the 68 travelling fans. Howe took the lead from close range after the hosts failed to defend a corner successfully before Mark Yeates beat Scott Loach with a  brilliant volley into the bottom-left corner. Substitute Jack Munns gave the hosts some hope going into injury time driving the ball past Stack in the bottom-right corner but it was too little too late for Craig Harrison’s side.

It was a poor start to the game for both sides, and it wasn’t until the 32nd minute that there was even an attempt at goal. Hartlepool had two corners defended easily in the opening half-hour, and the first chance came when Michael Woods linked up well with Ryan Donaldson and the latter’s shot went over the bar.

Donaldson began to look lively for the hosts. He worked well on the right-hand side four minutes after his first attempt but his good ball into the box wasn’t met by a Hartlepool forward.

Hartlepool’s vulnerability at the back was clearly demonstrated in the 39th minute when James Constable found space at the far post. His header was just kept out by Loach but it wouldn’t have mattered anyway as he was offside.

Shortly before half time, Chris Zebroski cut through on the right-hand side for the visitors but his effort went over the bar.

Eastleigh had the dream start after the break as it only took them just three minutes to take the lead. An impressive Chris Zebroski free kick forced a good save from Loach, and Callum Howe netted past the former Watford keeper on the end of the resultant corner.

Their lead nearly lasted just a minute, as Rhys Oates headed just wide of the mark on the end of Nicky Deverdics’ cross.

Eastleigh continued to threaten the hosts however and Chris Zebroski would’ve most likely scored in the 50th minute had there not been an excellent last ditch clearance on the end of Gary McSheffrey’s ball into the box at the far post.

The visitors inevitably doubled their lead two minutes later. Hartlepool’s defence appeared half asleep, and this allowed Mark Yeates to volley the ball in the bottom-left corner from long range with a spectacular finish that Loach could do absolutely nothing to keep out.

Eastleigh appeared to sit back following the goal, and Hartlepool had the ball in their half for most of the time. Devante Rodney came on as a sub for Hartlepool and looked lively. The 19-year-old found himself one-on-one with Graham Stack after a good ball from Nicky Featherstone but his effort was blocked by the keeper.

Moments later, Rodney played a good ball through to fellow striker Connor Simpson. Rodney’s fellow youngster attempted to lob the keeper but his effort went over.

Mark Yeates almost put the visitors 3-0 up but his effort went just over the bar.

Jack Munns had quite an impact after coming on as a sub for Hartlepool. In the 83rd minute the midfielder had a shot on the edge of the box go just over following a corner, and then he scored seven minutes later burying the ball in the bottom-right corner past Stack.

There were four minutes of added time so it looked as though it was going to be an exciting finish. Hartlepool’s fans appeared frustrated as a lapse in concentration meant that Eastleigh’s Sam Matthews made a brilliant run forward for the visitors and his shot was blocked and out for a corner before which the visitors began to time-waste.

Pools’ last chance of the game came in the third minute of added time. With Jonathan Franks in plenty of space on the right-hand side, Rodney decided to have a go himself rather than give Franks the ball and his effort didn’t trouble Graham Stack as it came straight at him.

Eastleigh’s win means that they move up to 15th in the National League whilst Pools drop to 17th.

Hartlepool United: Loach, Magnay, Laing, Donnelly, Deverdics, Donaldson (Munns 77), Woods, Featherstone, Franks, Hawkins (Rodney 58), Oates (Simpson 54).

Booked: Rodney

Subs not used: Adams and Richardson

Eastleigh: Stack, Obileye, Howe, Boyce, Wood, Hollands (Strevens 68), Yeates (Matthews 77), Miley, Constable, Zebroski (McAllister 72), McSheffrey.

Subs not used: Reid and Stearn.

Attendance: 3,374 (68 away)