Sunderland Ladies vs Hull City Ladies

Having done Middlesbrough Women vs Sunderland Ladies on Wednesday night, I opted against Sunderland vs Accrington Stanley on Friday night. At the time I thought I may go to the Gillingham game on Tuesday but that’s unlikely. For those who don’t know, I’m going to Dusseldorf on Wednesday morning with University. The best thing about it is that Wednesday is also my 21st birthday! We’re going to Bayer Leverkusen vs FC Krasnodar on Thursday night, and we’re also having a tour of Dortmund’s ground on Thursday afternoon.

Match report:

Sunderland Ladies defeat Hull City

Sunderland Ladies got back to winning ways with a 6-2 win over Hull City Ladies at Eppleton CW on Sunday afternoon.

Hope Knight put Hull into a surprise 12th minute lead, but Keira Ramshaw pulled Sunderland level in the 26th minute.

Harley Skinner regained Hull’s lead on the half hour mark, but further goals from Ramshaw and Bridget Galloway put Sunderland ahead at the break.

Maria Farrugia scored her first goal for Sunderland in the second half, and Ramshaw completed her hat-trick.

Katie Barker scored Sunderland’s sixth of the afternoon.

Sunderland attacked from the off and could have been ahead within 70 seconds. Georgia Gibson’s corner picked out Grace McCatty whose header bounced back off the crossbar.

Ramshaw then had an effort saved by Amy Halloran, and it took Hull five minutes just to get out of their own half.

However, with their first chance, Hull broke the deadlock. Knight stole possession from Gibson and charged down on goal before finishing well from 20 yards.

Despite being behind, Sunderland continued to look the brighter side, and the woodwork came to Hull’s saviour again in the 13th minute when Galloway’s effort bounced back off the post.

In the 20th minute, there was almost only two touches from Sunderland working the ball from their own penalty area to Hull’s net. Allison Cowling’s long ball gave Niamh McLoughlin a chase and she latched onto it to send a lobbed effort just over the crossbar.

Six minutes later, Sunderland pulled level. McCatty’s long ball over the top gave Ramshaw a chase and her first time effort picked out the near bottom corner.

However, a clinical Hull soon regained their lead. A corner was cleared as far as Harley Skinner whose deflected effort nestled into the net.

Crucial defending from Amelia Kemp prevented Hull of a possible third soon after, before McCatty had a header saved for the hosts.

Sunderland equalised for a second time in the 40th minute. Ramshaw looked to curl a cross into the penalty area, but it took a wicked deflection and bounced into the bottom corner.

Shortly before the break, the lady Black Cats took the lead. Gibson’s free-kick was chested down by McCatty whose effort was parried. However, Galloway was quickest to react to prod home and put Sunderland in control.

Galloway and Ramshaw both had further efforts saved before the break.

Following the break, Ramshaw had an early chance for Sunderland. She peeled off her marker to get a header away, but it was narrowly too high.

Almost 20 minutes of very little followed, before Sunderland added a fourth in the 65th minute. Ramshaw’s through ball played Farrugia in, and she finished well for her first goal in a Sunderland shirt.

Only two minutes later, Ramshaw collected her hat-trick. The Sunderland skipper cut in from the right before drilling an effort in off the post.

Hull did create a couple of chances after conceding the fifth, and there was also chances for Katie Barker and Galloway.

Sunderland’s sixth and final goal of the afternoon came in the 79th minute. Farrugia’s good work picked out Barker, and she curled an effort into the far top corner.

Following a tricky first half, Sunderland’s class showed in the second half and they claimed a comfortable win.

Full-time: Sunderland Ladies 6-2 Hull City Ladies

Next up for me is Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs FC Krasnodar on Thursday night!

Sunderland Ladies: Cowling, Warren, Kemp (Stewart, 85′), McCatty, Griffiths, Gibson, Lambert (Barker, 68′), McLaughlin, Farrugia, Ramshaw (c), Galloway (Atkinson, 80′)

Unused subs: Young, Beer

Hull City Ladies: Halloran, Oxley, Kay, Tanser, Symington (c), Westmorland, Russell, Knight, Skinner (Smith, 64′), Thompson, Beech (Blinkhorn, 75′)

Unused sub: Bott

Admission: £4 adults, £2 concessions

Attendance: 210

Programme: 50p

Referee: James Lowery

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Easington Colliery vs Bedlington Terriers

Injury time equaliser denies Colliers of three points

Easington Colliery were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw as a 94th minute Keelan Nellis strike rescued Bedlington Terriers a point at the Welfare Park on Saturday afternoon.

Nellis put Bedlington ahead in the 43rd minute, but Liam Adamson pulled the Green Army level in the 44th minute.

David Vincent’s strike a minute later regained Easington’s lead, but Nellis’ second deep into second half injury time meant the points were shared.

Sam Naylor came in to make his debut for Easington Colliery, while Shane O’Brien also returned to the side.

Bedlington had a couple of early corners, but no real chances came from them. Kyle Dobson did get his head to one of the corners, but he could only steer it well over.

Easington’s first chance came in the 13th minute. A sequence of almost 20 passes eventually picked out Liam Adamson but his effort was well saved by Sean McCafferty.

O’Brien then had a header blocked, before Naylor was forced into a comfortable save at the other end to prevent Ronnie Jones.

Stephen Young and Dylan Williamson then had harmless efforts for Bedlington, before McCafferty’s quick interception prevented Adamson.

In the 24th minute, Jack Pounder went close for the Colliers. Tom Goundry burst down the wing and clipped a cross into the penalty area. Pounder got a strong head on it, but McCafferty saved.

Another good chance for the Green Army came three minutes later. Pounder started a quick break by working the ball out to Adamson. His low cross picked out Vincent who opted against the first time shot. He took an extra touch, and when he did shoot, it was crucially blocked.

Lewis Green and Pounder both fired over as the first half wore on, before Bedlington took the lead in the 43rd minute. Chris Douglas’ free-kick found Bradley Higgins at the back post. He headed it back across goal to Nellis, and his close-range header gave the Terriers the lead.

However, there was a perfect response from the Colliers who equalised within a minute. Goundry burst down the wing and drilled a low ball across the face of goal. It bypassed two Bedlington men to find Adamson who slotted home from close-range.

Less than 50 seconds later, the Colliers were ahead. And it came in almost identical fashion. Again, Goundry burst down the wing before drilling a low ball across the face of goal. Once again, Bedlington couldn’t deal with it, and this time Vincent was there to blast into the net to put the Colliers in control.

The Colliers started the second half well. Adamson had an effort blocked after superb work, before Pounder’s curling effort forced McCafferty into a good save.

In the 54th minute, it could well have been three-one. Vincent beat the offside trap and was through on goal. Pounder was with Vincent, but Vincent’s final touch was heavy and McCafferty pounced to claim the ball.

Ryan Lincoln Barrow then fired an effort into the side netting, before Naylor came off his line to prevent Bedlington’s Young.

Bedlington were seeing more dangerous possession as the second half wore on, but they weren’t creating any clear-cut chances.

A few half chances were blocked, before Adamson had a chance for the Colliers. A route one ball played Adamson in, but a crucial block denied his initial effort. He tried an adautious lob with his second attempt, but McCafferty was able to catch.

Kevin Westphal and Young then had efforts fail to find the target for Bedlington, and it always looked as though Easington were going to hold on for the three points.

Pounder had a free-kick saved five minutes from time, before Adam McGuinness headed wide at the other end.

The Colliers were to be hit with a sickener in the fourth minute of added time. A ball in the penalty area bounced about to eventually find Nellis, and he rifled an effort into the net.

That proved to be that, and the Colliers had to settle for a point.

Full-time: Easington Colliery 2-2 Bedlington Terriers

Next up for me is Sunderland Ladies vs Hull City Ladies tomorrow.

Easington Colliery: Naylor, Lincoln Barrow, Goundry, Pearson (c), O’Brien, Garside (Middleton, 60′), Vincent (Robson, 83′), Green, Pounder, Liam Cooke (Ashton, 81′), Adamson

Unused subs: Finch, MacDougall

Bedlington Terriers: McCafferty, Douglas (Sherlock, 81′), Dobson, Herron, McGuinness, Gibson, Williamson, Nellis, Young, Jones (Glass, 73′), Higgins (Westphal, 55′)

Unused subs: Anderson, Armstrong

Admission: £5 adults, £2 concessions

Programme: £1.50

Attendance: 90

Referee: Bernard Law

Middlesbrough Women vs Sunderland Ladies

I don’t watch Middlesbrough Women all that often. The only time I’ve watched them recently was in the reverse fixture of this earlier in the season at Eppleton. There has been a couple of weekends when they’ve been at home and neither Durham or Sunderland have, but I haven’t bothered having a look down. Tonight was actually the first time I’ve watched Middlesbrough since they moved to Billingham Town. I visited them two or three times when they were playing at Thornaby. One thing that surprised me tonight was the admission prices. They were charging a fiver to get in. Compared to other clubs at that level and even higher, it is rather steep. After today, I may get to Sunderland vs Accrington Stanley on Friday night, but I’ll definitely be at Easington Colliery on Saturday and Sunderland Ladies on Sunday.

Match report:

Middlesbrough Women and Sunderland Ladies share points in Tees-Wear Derby

Middlesbrough Women and Sunderland Ladies shared the Tees-Wear Derby points with a 3-3 draw at Bedford Terrace on Wednesday night.

Bridget Galloway put Sunderland ahead in only the sixth minute, but Holly Manders pulled the hosts level just three minutes later.

Galloway regained Sunderland’s lead soon after, and Niamh McLaughlin doubled Sunderland’s advantage halfway through the first half.

Emma Kelly’s stunning strike halved Middlesbrough’s deficit, and Manders’ second of the evening ensured Middlesbrough took a point.

Sunderland’s lead came through the first real chance. Katie Barker drilled a low ball towards the back post and Galloway was there to convert.

Despite Sunderland’s perfect start, Middlesbrough equalised with their first real opportunity. Manders tried her luck with an effort from the edge of the penalty area, and it found a way under Allison Cowling and into the net.

Rebekah Bass then had an effort saved by Cowling, before Eleanor Dale fired wide for the hosts.

In the 19th minute, Sunderland regained their lead. Anna Young’s low cross took a slight deflection to find Galloway, and she fired high into the net.

Only three minutes later, Sunderland’s lead was doubled. Keira Ramshaw’s inswinging corner found Mollie Lambert. She directed a header towards goal, and McLaughlin was there to help it into the net from four yards.

On the half hour mark, Ramshaw picked out Anna Young for Sunderland, but her effort was saved.

Bass then fired narrowly over at the other end, before Middlesbrough halved the deficit in the 33rd minute with the pick of the goals. It was a superb 30-yard strike from Kelly which clipped the crossbar on its way in.

With the final chance of the first half, Megan Beer and Galloway linked up to find Ramshaw. The Sunderland skipper tried her luck from an acute angle, but her effort darted narrowly over.

Boro had a big chance to pull level inside the opening minute of the second half, but there were to pull level in the 53rd minute though. It didn’t come without controversy though. Amelia Kemp was blatantly tripped in her own penalty area, but the assistant referee, saying the trip was ‘accidental’, allowed play to continue. Now in on goal, an initial Middlesbrough effort was saved, but Manders headed home the rebound.

Having pulled level, Middlesbrough went in search of a fourth goal, but they didn’t really create any clear-cut chances. Tyler Dodds and Kelly forced comfortable saves from Cowling, but that was about it.

Meanwhile, at the other end, Kemp and Ramshaw both failed to find the target with efforts.

As the second half wore on, both sides seemed to have small spells of pressure, but nothing came from them.

Late on, Bass fired wide for Middlesbrough, before Dodds drilled an effort that just say evaded the far top corner.

That proved to be that, and the points were shared.

Full-time: Middlesbrough Women 3-3 Sunderland Ladies

Next up for me is possibly Sunderland vs Accrington Stanley on Friday night.

Sunderland Ladies: Cowling, Kemp, Beer (Gibson, 51′), Potts (Warren, 46′), McCatty, Young, Lambert, McLaughlin (Farrugia, 73′), Ramshaw (c), Galloway, Barker

Unused subs: Stonehouse, Stewart

Admission: £5 adults, don’t know about concessions

Programme: No

Attendance: 300

Cheeseburger and chips: £4

Referee: Lucy Oliver

Sunderland U23s vs Peterborough United U23s

100 games for the season is always somewhat of an achievement and this was my 100th game of the 2018-2019 season. I’ve reached the feat almost a month earlier than a did last season. Last season, it wasn’t until the 10th of March when I got to game 100 and that turned out to be a 0-0 draw between Hartlepool United and Boreham Wood. I imagine I’ll finish this season on about 150 games and that’s not a bad tally considering I’m in my final year at University. This game also brought about a new team for me having never watched Peterborough United U23s before. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen any Peterborough United team. As I said yesterday, I should be at Middlesbrough Women on Wednesday and then Sunderland on Friday night. Easington vs Bedlington on Saturday is likely to be my last game before I go to Germany next Wednesday (on the day of my 21st!).

Match report:

Sunderland book Premier League Cup knockout spot with victory over Peterborough

Sunderland under-23s booked their spot in the knockout stages of the Premier League Cup with a 6-2 win over Peterborough United U23s on Monday night.

Jack Diamond netted a hat-trick for Sunderland, while Lee Connelly collected a brace.

Benji Kimpioka was also on the scoresheet for the hosts, while Morgan Penfold and Oliver Shackleton scored for the Posh.

It took Sunderland less than four minutes to break the deadlock. Diamond burst down the wing and cut in before a good finish from an acute angle put the Black Cats in command.

With quarter of an hour played, Kimpioka could, and possibly should, have doubled Sunderland’s lead. The forward was played in on goal, but his effort lacked direction and Joshua Allen made himself big to save.

Daniel Neil and Kimpioka both had further chances come to nothing, while Jack Gurney’s free-kick at the other end forced a save from Max Johnstone.

In the 28th minute, Sunderland doubled their lead. Connelly and Jack Connolly played a quick one-two on the right wing and fine footwork from Connelly gave him room to shoot. He kept his cool and poked an effort into the far bottom corner.

Diamond then had a couple of chances for the Black Cats, before goalkeeper Johnstone almost gifted Peterborough a goal. The former Manchester United goalkeeper’s clearance crashed off Shackleton from close range, and Johnstone was fortunate to be able to turn the ball behind for a corner.

Shaun Ruzvidzo’s fine ball played Penfold in for the visitors in injury time, but the Sunderland defence did just enough to keep him at bay.

Shortly after, Johnstone was forced into a save to prevent Shackleton.

An injury to Kane Evans towards the end of the first half meant seven minutes of injury time was played.

Following the break, Peterborough lad an early penalty shout turned down, before Sunderland went up the other end and were awarded a penalty. Kimpioka fell in the penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot. Kimpioka dusted himself down to take responsibility, and he sent Allen the wrong way to make it three-nil.

Only two minutes later, the Posh pulled a goal back. Gurney’s crossfield ball picked out Harrison Burrows who drove towards the byline. He drilled a low cross into the six-yard box, and Penfold was there to turn the ball into the net.

Penfold then had another effort saved, before Diamond went close at the other end.

In the 64th minute, Sunderland regained their three goal cushion. A poor clearance from the Posh found Kimpioka who played Connelly in. His initial effort was blocked, but the former Queen’s Park man converted at the second time of asking.

Eleven minutes from time, Diamond scored Sunderland’s fifth. Jake Hackett’s perfectly weighted through ball played Diamond in, and he rounded Allen before slotting home.

Bali Mumba and Connelly both then went close for Sunderland, before the pick of the goals saw Peterborough score a second. A low ball found Shackleton whose good first touch opened up room. He looked up and sent a superb curling effort into the far top corner giving Johnstone no chance.

A good save prevented Mumba again in the 86th minute, before an even better save from Allen prevented Hackett.

In the second minute of added time, Sunderland wrapped up a good night’s work. A deep corner found Diamond at the back post and he volleyed home for his hat-trick.

The result means Sunderland are guaranteed a place in the knockout stages of the Premier League Cup with a home game against Stoke City still to come.

Peterborough, meanwhile, will play Charlton in their final game, but their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages are now over.

Full-time: Sunderland U23s 6-2 Peterborough United U23s

Next up for me is Middlesbrough Women vs Sunderland Ladies on Wednesday night.

Sunderland U23s: Johnstone, Evans (Storey, 45+1′), Hunter, Connolly, Taylor, Young, Connelly (c), Neil (Hackett, 63′), Kimpioka (Slack, 68′), Mumba, Diamond

Unused subs: Cameron, Leonard

Peterborough United U23s: Allen, Douglas, Fosu, Gurney, Cartwright (Salmon, 85′), Jones (Horne, 68′), Burrows, Ruzvidzo (Rolt, 65′), Shackleton, Penfold, Strachan

Unused subs: Rudman, Smith

Admission: £3 adults, £1 concessions

Programme: No

Attendance: About 140

Chips and gravy: £2.50

Teamsheet: Free

Referee: Martin Woods

Durham Women vs Cardiff City Ladies

The Women’s FA Cup gives me a good opportunity to see some teams I’ve never seen before. That’s especially the case if Durham draw a team from the southern division of the National League as I’ve seen very few of them play. When I was looking at Cardiff, I stumbled across Cardiff City Women and I now think I know the difference. Cardiff City Ladies (this team) were affiliated with Cardiff City in the early 2000’s, but that affiliation came to an end in 2013. But, they were allowed to keep the name and kit colours. So, although they now have nothing to do with Cardiff City, they still play in blue and are called Cardiff City, but their badge is totally different. Cardiff City Women, on the other hand, play in the Women’s Welsh Premier League and are (I think) affiliated with the men’s team. The only difference between the two names is Ladies and Women. I think that’s right anyway!

Match report:

Durham ease into fifth round of FA Women’s Cup with victory over Cardiff

Durham Women eased their way into the last 16 of the FA Women’s Cup with a 5-1 victory over Cardiff City Ladies on Sunday afternoon.

Abby Holmes’s first goal for the club put Durham ahead in the eighth minute, but Kylie Nolan, just two minutes after her side had missed a penalty, pulled Cardiff level in the 21st minute.

Beth Hepple regained Durham’s lead just before the break, and second half goals from Sarah Robson and Zoe Ness (x2) ensured Durham booked their trip to Bristol City Women.

Durham applied pressure on their visitors early on, and they broke the deadlock with their first real opportunity. Following a string of corners, Hepple’s delivery found Holmes at the back post who headed home.

In the 15th minute, Durham’s lead could have been doubled. Hepple’s through ball gave Ness a chase, and she got there before Laura O’Sullivan but Ness’ first time lobbed effort bounced wide.

Sloppy defending gifted Cardiff a penalty in the 18th minute. The Wildcats were guilty of sloppily trying to play the ball out of the back, and Ellie Christon’s ball across her own penalty area was intercepted. A pass found Nolan in the penalty area, and her heals were clipped meaning the referee pointed to the spot. Cori Williams took responsibility, but Megan Borthwick guessed correctly and saved.

Just two minutes later, though, Cardiff were level. Again, Durham were caught out trying to play out of the back and being sloppy. A loose pass once again gifted Nolan a chance, and this time she found the net via the far post.

Durham’s lead was almost regained in the 27th minute. Ness did exceptionally well to beat numerous Cardiff defenders before her curling 20 yard effort bounced back off the post.

Emily Roberts then had a chance come and go, before Hepple’s free-kick went close.

Apart from their penalty and goal, Cardiff created little in the first half.

Just a couple of minutes before the break, having controlled most of the first half, Durham regained their lead. Sarah Wilson had a header cleared off the line, but Cardiff could only clear as far as Hepple who drilled an effort through a host of bodies and into the net.

Following the break, Durham went in search of a third. A crucial block denied Ness after good work from Roberts, but there was no denying Robson in the 50th minute. A fine routine saw a Wilson free-kick find the unmarked Roberts. Her header across the face of goal found Robson, and she was there to turn the ball into the net.

A few substitutions slowed the game down, but there was a chance for Ness in the 67th minute. Nicki Gears picked out Ness, but the Scotland international’s effort was saved.

More good work from Gears created another chance soon after. This time she teed up Abi Cottam, but her effort was a matter of inches over.

In the 70th minute, Cardiff created their first real chance of the second half. A corner dropped kindly for Shannon Greenway, but she drilled narrowly over from eight yards.

That was the start of a short spell of pressure from the visitors, but they couldn’t create any further chances.

Cottam went close for Durham in the 83rd minute, before Ness put the game to bed with Durham’s fourth. Lisa Robertson burst down the wing and pulled a low ball back to Ness whose first time flicked effort gave O’Sullivan no chance.

In the 88th minute, Ness collected her second and Durham’s fifth of the afternoon. A slight scramble eventually saw the ball find Ness, and she stabbed home at the second time of asking.

Ness could have had her hat-trick in the 90th minute when she raced through, but a good save from O’Sullivan prevented her.

The win was comfortable for Durham in the end, and they’ll face a trip to WSL Bristol City Women in the fifth round.

Full-time: Durham Women 5-1 Cardiff City Ladies

Next up for me is Sunderland U23s vs Peterborough United U23s tomorrow.

Durham Women: Borthwick, Holmes (Hill, 59′), Christon, Wilson (c), Salicki, Robertson, Lee, Hepple (Robson, 46′), Gears, Roberts (Cottam, 61′), Ness

Unused sub: Reid

Cardiff City Ladies: O’Sullivan (c), Greenway, Guard (Miles, 66′), Nolan, Isaac, Emma Jones, Williams, Horrell, Cerys Jones (Rogers, 87′), Lawrence (Jumaratie, 78′), Lloyd

Unused subs: Graham, Soper

Admission: £5 adults, £2 concessions

Programme: No

Attendance: 283

Teamsheet: Free

Referee: Matthew Sowerby

Seaham Red Star vs Consett

It’s definitely going to be a busy end to the season for us at Easington Colliery following today’s postponement. We’re now five games behind most Northern League Division Two sides and we’re seven behind the likes of Thornaby and Ryton & Crawcrook Albion. With Easington’s trip to Brandon being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, I had a decision to make regarding a game. I probably could have gone to Swallownest with Katie Wallace and Lee Stewart, but I decided for a cheaper option having spent quite a bit at the darts in Newcastle on Thursday night. It was a great night as the darts always is. Anyway, I narrowed my choices down to two games – this or Hartlepool Untied vs Leyton Orient and I opted for this for two reasons. 1) It was cheaper and 2) It’s a couple of weeks since I was even last at a Northern League game! The forthcoming week is looking much busier than the last couple have. Tomorrow I’ll be at Durham Women vs Cardiff City Ladies and then I’ll be at Sunderland U23s vs Peterborough United U23s on Monday. I’ll be at Middlesbrough Women vs Sunderland Ladies on Wednesday night, and then probably Sunderland vs Accrington Stanley on Friday before Easington’s game on Saturday.

Match report:

Ten-man Seaham claim hard earned win over Consett

Ten-man Seaham Red Star battled for a 1-0 win at home to Consett on Saturday afternoon.

On a very windy afternoon, Liam Gillesphey’s 31st minute header proved the difference between the sides.

Consett dominated much of the game late on, but they couldn’t find the net and Seaham took the points.

Seaham played the majority of the second half with 10 men following David Robinson’s dismissal for a second yellow card.

In the early exchanges, Consett played a couple of through balls into Aksel Juul, but good defending kept him at bay.

With quarter of an hour played, a poor goalkick gifted Seaham a chance. Kyle Hayes’ poor kick was picked up by Robinson who played Dan Wilson in. However, his effort lacked power and was saved.

Juul fired narrowly over as a corner found him on the edge of the penalty area in the 18th minute, before Seaham’s Robinson fired a free-kick over at the other end.

Shortly after, a long Seaham throw was flicked on to find Joe Hailes at the back post. His strike was well struck, but it was matched by a smart save from Hayes.

Luke Carr curled a free-kick harmlessly wide for the visitors, before Robinson fired over once again at the other end.

Seaham’s lead came just after the half hour mark. Robinson floated a corner towards the back post where Gillesphey rose highest to head home.

Little happened for the remainder of the first half, but Seaham’s Chris Bannon was forced into a save in injury time. Darren Holden drilled a fine low cross into the six-yard box and Bannon’s reaction save prevented a first time Michael Mackay effort.

Following the break, Consett thought they had pulled level in the 53rd minute. A wide free-kick went all the way through to Bannon, and he couldn’t hold the bouncing ball. It bounced towards the net and the assistant referee raised his flag. Consett presumed the ball had crossed the line, but the assistant was actually flagging for offside.

Only a minute later, Seaham were reduced to 10 men. It was a 50/50 and the referee, who seemed to produce a card for every foul in the first half, wasn’t going to give anything until Consett reacted. When the reaction came, the referee awarded Consett a free-kick and sent Robinson off for a second bookable offence.

As Consett looked to capitalise on the man advantage, Juul dinked a fine ball towards the back post, but no one was there to connect with it.

Just after the hour mark, a deep Consett free-kick found Daniel Craggs at the back post. He headed it back across goal for Nick Green, but his header was too high.

After Seaham’s red card, the game was all Consett.

Substitute Matty Cornish had a couple of efforts come to nothing halfway through the second half, before Carr fired over in the 70th minute.

A crucial headed block prevented Cornish again in the 73rd minute, before Nick Cassidy’s low effort was saved.

With 10 minutes to play, Craggs’ effort clipped the outside of the post after good work from Cornish.

A member of the Seaham management team was sent to the stand late on, and Consett’s pressure kept coming.

Daniel Hawkins and Juul both had efforts saved in injury time.

Despite the continuous pressure from Consett, Seaham held on and claimed an impressive three points.

Full-time: Seaham Red Star 1-0 Consett

Next up for me is Durham Women vs Cardiff City Ladies tomorrow.

Seaham Red Star: Bannon, Young, Weldon, Joe Hailes, Myers, Gillesphey, Clark, Gardiner, Wilson, Robinson (c), Chilton (Daniel Hailes, 74′)

Unused subs: Greenwood, Cullen, Johnson, Wilkinson

Consett: Hayes, Green, Holden, Cassidy, Purewal, McKinnon, Craggs (c), Slocombe (Hawkins, 76′), Juul, Carr, Mackay (Cornish, 59′)

Unused subs: Allen, Male, Coombe

Admission: £6 adults, £3 concessions

Programme: £1

Attendance: 145

Chips and gravy: £1.70

Referee: Stephen Dial

Spennymoor Town vs AFC Telford United

A schedule of Spennymoor Town, Sunderland, Spennymoor Town is not something I would expect to see in my 2018-2019 season. But this is what happens when more or less every game in the north east gets called off! Originally, I had two options tonight. This or Chester-le-Street Town vs Willington but this soon became my only option when Chester-le-Street was postponed. Even if Chester-le-Street was on, I probably would have gone to Spennymoor as I’ve never seen Telford before. This game tonight was my first FA Trophy game since being in the press box at Wembley for the final between Brackley and Bromley last May. This upcoming weekend, I’ll hopefully get to games three days in a row. It should be Brandon United vs Easington Colliery on Saturday, Durham Women vs Cardiff City Ladies on Sunday, and Sunderland U23s vs Peterborough United U23s on Monday. Before then though, I’ll have a good night at the darts in Newcastle on Thursday night!

Match report:

Telford book FA Trophy quarter-final spot with win at Spennymoor

AFC Telford United booked their spot in the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy with a 2-1 win away at Spennymoor Town on Tuesday night,

Shane Sutton put Telford ahead in the 55th minute, but Glen Taylor pulled Spennymoor level just four minutes later.

Telford’s lead was restored through Andre Brown in the 74th minute, and despite some late pressure, Telford held on to book a spot in the last eight.

In total contrast to the opening 45 minutes, the second half was packed full of action.

On a difficult surface, the first shot came in the 11th minute, but that was only a tame Taylor effort failing to find the target.

Telford’s first half chance came in the 19th minute. Ryan Barnett drove down the wing before cutting in, but he could only drag his eventual shot wide.

Only a minute later, Taylor had another half chance for the Moors. Callum Williams’ hanging cross found Taylor at the back post, but his header darted wide.

Just before the half hour mark, Brown fired an effort into the side-netting for the visitors, before a Stephen Brogan free-kick forced a routine save from Andrew Wycherley at the other end.

Telford’s James McQuilkin then fired wide from long-range, and that proved to be it in a forgettable first half.

Following the break, Adam Boyes skewed well wide with an early effort for Spennymoor.

In the 50th minute, Spennymoor almost broke the deadlock. Good link up play between Taylor and Jamie Chandler played Boyes, but a fine save from Wycherley prevented the former Guiseley man.

Telford then had a good chance of their own. Good football found McQuilkin, but his effort was saved by Matthew Gould.

In the 55th minute, Telford broke the deadlock. A deep corner found a way through to Sutton at the back post, and he drilled an effort back across goal and into the bottom corner.

However, Moors were level just four minutes later. Taylor stole possession from Sutton and charged down on goal before sending a superb lob over Wycherley and into the net.

Brown had an effort saved as Telford looked to regain their lead, and it was evident how open the second half was.

With just shy of 20 minutes to play, Sutton could have collected his second, and Telford’s second, of the evening. The ball dropped kindly for the Telford skipper in a similar position to where he had previously scored, but this time he could only drill narrowly over.

However, the Bucks were to regain their lead in the 75th minute. Gould did well to palm Barnett’s effort onto the crossbar, but Brown was quickest to react to prod home the rebound.

Having regained their lead, Telford did well to slow the game down, and they restricted Spennymoor to very little.

Wycherley was forced into a save to prevent Shaun Tuton in the 89th minute, and there was a lot of pressure on the visitors in injury time.

Moors had a few corners, and James Curtis, Andrew Johnson and Tuton were all denied.

In the fourth minute of added time, Taylor’s header was crucially cleared off the line by Stephan Morley, and Taylor could only fire the rebound over.

Telford held on for the win, and they’ll now visit Solihull Moors on the 23rd of February.

Full-time: Spennymoor Town 1-2 AFC Telford United

Next up for me is Brandon United vs Easington Colliery on Saturday.

Spennymoor Town: Gould, Williams, Brogan, Chandler, Thackray (Hibbs, 87′), Curtis (c), Hall (Tuton, 72′), Henry (Boyes, 40′), Taylor, Ramshaw, Johnson

Unused subs: Elliott, Anderson

AFC Telford United: Wycherley, White, Morley, Deeney, Sutton (c), Royle, Cowans (Daniels, 78′), McQuilkin, Morgan-Smith (Knights, 67′), Brown (Barnes-Homer, 85′), Barnett

Unused subs: Lilly, Martinez

Admission: £10 adults, £5 concessions, £2 under-18s

Programme: £2.50

Attendance: 571

Chips: £2

Referee: Gareth Rhodes