Seaham Red Star fall into relegation battle after West Auckland defeat

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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.

Booked: Croft

Subs not used: Johnson and Crosby

West Auckland Town: Bland, Morris, Bell, Parker, Colquhoun, Mitchell, Doninger, McKeown, Wearmouth (Dodds 58), Purewal (Wade 77), Fisher.

Booked: Wearmouth

Subs not used: Connor, Fortune and Coulson.

Attendance: 89


Seaham Red Star crash out of League Cup with Dunston defeat

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(Photos: Ali Salat)

Brooks Mileson Northern League Cup Quarter-Final

Seaham Red Star 0-3 Dunston UTS

Fitzpatrick 10 pen Thear 14 Pearson 41

Seaham Red Star crashed out of the Northern League Cup last night with a 3-0 defeat at home to Dunston UTS at the Ferguson Motor Repairs Stadium.

First half goals from Mark Fitzpatrick, Liam Thear and Michael Pearson sunk the Star on a very disappointing evening for Craig Lynch’s side.

Lynch made four changes to his side with Lee Chapman, Codie Howe, Thomas Scott and Thomas Price coming in for David Scorer, Kieran Galbraith, Liam McBryde and Robbie Bird.

Opponents Dunston were looking to continue one of a few good cup runs they’ve had this season, having already made the Durham Challenge Cup final.

It was a less than lively start to the game but just ten minutes in, Dunston were awarded a penalty after Luke Gilhespy needlessly tripped Thear in the box. Fitzpatrick stepped up and buried the spot kick in the bottom-left corner despite Jordan Harkess diving the right way.

Gilhespy almost redeemed himself three minutes later but he headed wide on the end of the corner.

Dunston doubled their lead in the 14th minute through Thear. The winger beat Callum Munro on the left before lobbing Harkess one-on-one.

Thear nearly got his second of the night six minutes later when his header from a corner was just saved by Harkess and cleared away.

Seaham’s only real chance between then and half time came when Lee Hetherington fired over on the edge of the box in the 25th minute.

The visitors got their third of the night in the 41st minute when Pearson made a great run on the right to fire home unmarked from close range on the end of a good ball from the left.

Four minutes into the second half, Dunston nearly got a fourth when Thear’s powerful effort took a deflection off substitute Bradley Staunch before a brilliant save by Harkess to the right.

Seaham came close in the 52nd minute when Munro played a good ball through to Carl Lawson and his shot was pushed over by keeper Niall Harrison.

Substitute Alex Ramshaw then came close for the hosts 17 minutes later, but his effort was cleared off the line.

The last chance of the game came in the 85th minute when Dunston substitute Matteo Faiola’s free kick brought about a brilliant save from Harkess to the left.

After the match manager Craig Lynch said: “It was like we came here for a testimonial match not the quarter-final of the cup, which is very hard to take.

“We gave away three goals. How do you deal with that? How can you get back in it?”

The full interview with Lynch can be found here.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Howe, Gilhespy (Staunch 45), Chapman (c), Croft, Johnston (Bailey 59), Lawson, Hetherington, Price, Scott (Ramshaw 45).

Booked: Munro

Subs not used: Hodgson and Galbraith.

Dunston UTS: Harrison, Marrs, Pollock, Hall, Halliday, Stafford, Pearson, Burrell (c), Heslop (Faiola 81), Thear, Fitzpatrick (Martin 67).

Booked: Thear

Subs not used: Elliott, Grant and Lowther.

Attendance: 103

Seaham Red Star fall to 4-0 defeat against Newcastle Benfield

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Seaham Red Star 0-4 Newcastle Benfield

                                    J Scott 21

                                   Scorgie 49

                                   Devlin 72

                                   Brayson 86

Seaham Red Star suffered a 4-0 defeat last night at home to Newcastle Benfield in the Northern League Division 1, in what was a flattering scoreline to the visitors.

Goals from Joshua Scott, Lewis Scorgie, Jack Devlin and Paul Brayson secured the win for Mark Convery’s side to extend their unbeaten run to nine games.

It was the first time both teams had been in action in 17 days, thanks to postponements. Seaham manager Craig Lynch was looking for his second win as manager following a 2-0 win at Whitley Bay while the visitors were looking to continue their unbeaten start to 2018.

Benfield came out the blocks quite well and came close early on when Jordan Harkess’ attempted clearance bounced off Brayson and went just wide eight minutes in.

Moments later, the visitors had a proper chance when Jake Orrell’s effort was well blocked by Luke Gilhespy.

Convery’s side unsurprisingly took the lead in the 21st minute when J Scott was on the receiving end of a good ball on the left and he buried it in the bottom corner after being in plenty of space.

Seaham’s best chances of the half came just before the interval when Carl Lawson forced a good save to the right from Andrew Grainger and Callum Munro headed just over from close range shortly after.

However, Benfield started the second half well too and doubled their lead four minutes in when Scorgie scored a rebound from close range following an excellent save from Harkess to deny Eliott Forbes.

Thomas Scott came on as a sub for the Star and looked lively when he came on – his 69th minute lob over the keeper from long range went just wide.

Benfield scored their third of the evening when Joe Hailes made a good run on the left and his shot hit Devlin on the way in to beat Harkess to his bottom right.

The winning goal came 13 minutes later when substitutes Devlin and Scott McCarthy linked up well together before veteran forward Brayson but the ball in the back of the net from close range after a pinpoint cross from the left.

T Scott came close again in the 90th minute when Liam McBryde laid the ball off to him and he fired just wide from close range.

The result means Benfield move up to 11th in the Northern League Division 1 table while the Star remain in 14th place.

Following the match, Seaham manager Craig Lynch said: “People will look at that result and think Seaham have just been battered at home but if you were with the game you’ll see that was a different story to be honest.

“They’ve had five shots, one of them was a rebound and they scored four shots while we’ve created 20 good chances.

“We made it easy for them to score four goals and get a four-nil win but I cannot fault us, I thought our team shape was really good, we made it hard for them when we got the ball.

“We’ve maybe been a bit slow first 30 minutes but after that we’ve created numerous chances so it’s a bit of a funny one getting beat four nil, I’ve got mixed feelings.”

The full interview can be found here.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Gilhespy, Scorer, Galbraith (T Scott 64), Croft, Johnston, Hetherington, Bird (c) (Hodgson 40), Lawson, McBryde.

Subs not used: Wilkinson and Ramshaw

Newcastle Benfield: Grainger, Evans, Scorgie (Pollock 79), Turnbull (c), Hailes, Slaughter, Forbes, Orrell, McEvoy (Devlin 57), J Scott (McCarthy 57), Brayson.

Subs not used: Convery and Nimmins

Attendance: 79

Seaham and Ryhope share points in feisty derby

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Ebac Northern League Division 1

Seaham Red Star 2-2 Ryhope Colliery Welfare

Ramshaw 1                Winship 36

Hetherington 34       Rae 39

Seaham Red Star and Ryhope Colliery Welfare shared the points in an entertaining derby in the Northern League Division 1 at the Ferguson Motor Repairs Stadium today.

Alex Ramshaw put the hosts in front early on, before Lee Hetherington doubled Seaham’s lead in the 34th minute.

Ryhope hit back however with goals in quick succession from Josh Winship and Micky Rae just before half time.

Seaham manager Chris McCabe made one change from the side that lost 3-0 at Newcastle Benfield in midweek with Lee Chapman coming in for Thomas Price, while Ryhope came searching for their first league win since November.

The Star had a dream start to the game, as 18-year-old Ramshaw volleyed home at the far post on the end of Liam Hodgson’s cracking ball just 58 seconds into the game.

Just two minutes later, Seaham came very close when Ryhope failed to defend a corner and Andrew Johnston’s header hit the crossbar.

Ryhope looked good on the counter attack and came close in the 13th minute when Josh Home-Jackson was on the end of a good through ball but his effort was well saved by Jordan Harkess to the left.

The hosts doubled their lead however 20 minutes later when Hetherington buried the ball into the bottom right corner with Ryhope keeper Jonathon Ball getting a touch to it on its way in.

Ryhope got a goal back in the 36th minute when the Seaham defence switched off following a penalty shout, enabling Winship to smash the ball into the top-left corner.

The visitors then got an equaliser just three minutes later when Elliott Woods nodded on towards Rae who headed home from close range.

Ryhope made a brilliant start to the second half, and almost took the lead when Rae rounded keeper Harkess and his effort went just wide of the goal.

Seaham thought they’d regained the lead in the 63rd minute when Robbie Bird buried the ball home but he was adjudged to be offside by the linesman.

Twelve minutes later, Harkess denied Rae’s impressive free kick to his right and then Bird forced a good save from Ball to his left in the 84th minute after a good lay-off from Hetherington.

The result means that Seaham drop to 14th in the league table while Ryhope remain in 18th.

Speaking after the game, Seaham manager Chris McCabe said: “I thought we played really well. It’s probably the best we’ve played for a long time.

“I’m a bit disappointed we didn’t get the win if I’m honest, but it was a full-blood derby, it’s how a derby should be – with some good strong tackles going in by both sides.

“It was a good game for the neutral to watch. The main thing was not to get beat today and we didn’t, but we’ve got some tough games coming up.” The full interview can be found here.

Seaham face league leaders Morpeth Town next away from home on Wednesday, while Ryhope are at home to Ashington on Tuesday.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Gilhespy (Staunch 56), Scorer, Chapman, Ramshaw, Johnston (Bailey 45), Hodgson, Bird (c), McBryde, Hetherington.

Booked: Gilhespy

Subs not used: Bramley and Scott.

Ryhope Colliery Welfare: Ball, Woods, Riding, Lay, Cairns (Trewick 81), Winship, Bott (c), Nicholson, Home-Jackson, Ellis (Skidmore 68), Rae (Melvin 90).

Booked: Cairns, Riding and Winship.

Subs not used: Paxton and Cocks

Attendance: 74