Saturday's North Division action review

2 weeks ago By David Watters

The EVO-STIK League North programme on Saturday saw five of its fixtures lost to the wet weather, writes Pitchero's Steve Whitney.

However, the game of leaders South Shields at Mariners Park survived and their 3-1 win against Skelmersdale United took them three points clear of Hyde United, who are now second.

A crowd of 1,407 saw Robbie Briggs give Shields a boost with a sixth minute opener. But Mike Roddy levelled from the penalty spot after 25 minutes for a foul on Jordan Darr, and Skem went into the break all-square.

But it was to be Briggs' day. He restored Shields' lead just two minutes into the second half and then completed his hat-trick from the spot on the hour-mark after Matty Pattison had been fouled in the box.

Hyde`s game at Ewen Fields on the 3G was never in danger of being called off and a crowd of 513 saw them see off Colne.

But Luke Porritt`s 12th minute effort – and only goal of the game – was a rather fortunate attempted cross that found its way into the back of the net.

Goole AFC are still bottom but they made it back-to-back wins and three games unbeaten after winning 3-2 at fellow strugglers Brighouse Town.

The Vikings pulled to within three points of second-bottom Ossett Albion thanks to a comeback win after Aaron Martin's brace on 15 and 55 minutes had seen Brighouse in control.

Carl Stewart began the comeback in the 57th minute and then Sam Colbear equalised five minutes later. But the visitors' winner came six minutes into stoppage time from Declan Howe amidst scenes of joy!

Another struggler, Atherton Collieries, also enjoyed a terrific away win, 2-1 at Llanelian Road against Colwyn Bay.

And they too had to come back after being a 13th minute Astley Mulholland goal down to win, thanks to Iain Howard after 79 minutes and Ben Hardcastle in stoppage time.

Radcliffe Borough were another of the relegation-threatened teams to record an away win, 1-0 at Ingfield against Ossett Town, courtesy of a last-gasp Jordan Bove effort.

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