Saturday's North Division action review

10 months ago By David Watters

Only four games survived in EVO-STIK League North on Saturday but all of the top five were in action, writes Pitchero's Steve Whitney.

South Shields are five points clear at the top now after another emphatic win, this time 5-1 at third-bottom Brighouse Town.

Brighouse performed wonders getting the game on and were rewarded when a best of the season crowd of 409 paid through the turnstiles for the visit of the runaway leaders.

But that`s where the generosity ended as goals from Carl Finnigan after 23 minutes and Louis Storey right on half-time gave the visitors a two-goal interval lead.

Gabriel Johnson reduced the arrears on 66 minutes, only for Barrie Smith to make it 3-1 from the penalty spot nine minutes later befpre recent recruit Graeme Armstrong after 82 minutes and Alex Nicholson three minutes from time made it a nap hand for Shields.

Bamber Bridge moved into second place after they beat fourth-bottom Radcliffe FC 3-0, moving above Prescot Cables and Hyde United after they shared a 2-2 draw at Valerie Park.

At Irongate, Ali Waddecar gave Brig an 11th minute lead that Macauley Wilson doubled right on half-time. Two minutes after the break, James Boyd added a third for which Boro had no response.

A crowd of 418 saw Lloyd Dean break the deadlock three minutes into the second half to give Cables the lead.

Tom Pratt equalised after 62 for Hyde, only for Jordan Wynne to restore the home side`s advantage just three minutes later. But the Tigers earned a point through Dominic Marie 14 minutes from time.

Scarborough Athletic are fifth, now level on points with Hyde, after a 3-1 win at the Flamingo Land Stadium against eleventh-placed Ossett Town.

An excellent pre-Christmas crowd of 834 saw Kai Hancock give Ossett the lead after 40 minutes, only for Max Wright to send the teams in level with Boro`s equaliser right on half-time. Four minutes after the restart, Danny Stimpson put Boro in front and Michael Coulson added a third on 63 minutes.

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