Ebac Northern League Division 1
Seaham Red Star 1-2 West Auckland Town
Scott 88 Doninger 43 Parker 51
It was deja vu for Seaham Red Star today as they lost 2-1 to West Auckland Town for the second time this week, and will once again feel hard done by.
The result moves the Star down to 19th just three points above the drop zone but with a game in hand on Jarrow Roofing.
Mark Doninger put the visitors in front just before half time, before Daniel Parker added a second early in the second half.
Thomas Scott brought the Star some hope with a goal two minutes from time but it was too little too late.
Craig Lynch made three changes to his side with Aaron Croft, Liam Hodgson and Carl Lawson coming in while West Auckland brought in Amar Purewal for Lewis Dodds.
West Auckland started the brighter side with Arran Wearmouth having a shot go just wide two minutes in.
Chances were few and far between however until Seaham nearly scored a goal in remarkable fashion in the 19th minute when right-back Callum Munro fired at goal from long range but the keeper managed to tip it over.
Alex Ramshaw later had a powerless long-range effort saved by the keeper in the 37th minute, and then three minutes later at the other end Nathan Fisher had a similar effort saved to the left.
West Auckland took the lead in the 43rd minute when Wearmouth’s powerful strike took a deflection off Doninger and beat Jordan Harkess in the Seaham goal.
Early in the second half, Purewal had a powerful effort saved by Harkess but just four minutes later the visitors added another when Parker headed home through Harkess’ legs on the end of a great free kick.
They came close again in the 67th minute when Fisher was through on goal but he had two shots blocked by Harkess.
Seaham had their best chance yet five minutes later when Scott played an excellent ball towards substitute Liam McBryde who was one-on-one with the keeper but his effort was blocked.
West Auckland goalscorer Doninger almost got a second in the 76th minute when his powerful strike hit the crossbar.
The Star got a goal back in the 88th minute when McBryde played a brilliant lofted through ball to Scott and he buried the ball in the bottom-left corner to beat Shane Bland.
Seaham threw men forward in the last five minutes of the game, and keeper Harkess even came up for a free kick. He attempted a volley from the set piece but didn’t connect with it, and unfortunately the Star were unable to get an equaliser.
Speaking after the game, manager Craig Lynch said: “It was near enough the same as Tuesday, I thought we were outstanding again. It’s hard to take.
“But then the commitment, if we didn’t get our heads down it could’ve been three, four, five nil that but we kept going, we nicked one, we had chances, the lads were outstanding again.
“There’s probably been four out of nine games we’ve played like that – the two games we won [Whitley Bay(A) and Jarrow Roofing(H)] and then West Auckland twice. If we’d played like that in the other five, I don’t think we’d be in the position we’re in now. ”
You can find the full interview with Lynch here.
Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Price, Scorer, Chapman, Croft, Hodgson (Bailey 63), Ramshaw (McBryde 60), Lawson (Bonner 81), Bird (c), Scott.
Subs not used: Johnson and Crosby
West Auckland Town: Bland, Morris, Bell, Parker, Colquhoun, Mitchell, Doninger, McKeown, Wearmouth (Dodds 58), Purewal (Wade 77), Fisher.
Subs not used: Connor, Fortune and Coulson.