Preseason roundup 15/08/2020
Another weekend in August and another round of fixtures for our Footy in Durham clubs. Whilst fans are still not permitted, there is hope that guidance coming this week might at least show some light at the end of the tunnel.
Billingham Town shared 11 goals with Wolviston, running out 8-3 victors in a goalfest.
An all County Durham affair saw Bishop Auckland host Crook Town at Heritage Park. The away side ran out 0-2 winners with goals from Jamie Tumilty and a trialist.
Consett hosted Pickering Town who travelled up from Yorkshire. It was a close affair with Pickering taking a 1-2 win. The away side were 0-2 up before Consett pegged them back with this fine free-kick from Calvin Smith.
Newton Aycliffe battled out a 3-3 draw with North West Counties outfit Abbey Hey who made the journey over the Pennines from East Manchester.
Shildon travelled to Newcastle to take the field against Newcastle Blue Star and ran out 0-4 winners against the recently reformed Blue Star. The goals from this one can be viewed here.
Stockton Town hosted Northern Premier League outfit Morpeth Town in what was their first game in 161 days. A close game saw the away side run out 0-2 winners as Stockton endeavour to win promotion again having been top of the table when the 2019/20 season was expunged.
Easington Colliery and West Auckland played out the second 8-3 of our roundup, with West racking up the eight whilst their hosts replied with three. West Auckland shared the goals around, but ‘Trialist 2’ will have done his prospects no harm after bagging a 17 minute hat trick.
Billingham Synthonia took on neighbours Norton and Stockton and the game finished 1-1. The Synners led 1-0 at half time but Norton equalised just after kick off through trialist Arthur Connelly.
Annfield Plain hosted Whitburn & Cleadon but were unable to take anything from the game, going down 2-4 to the visitors. Plain’s goals came from Liam Roberts and Dale Connor.
Coxhoe Athletic hosted new kids on the block Durham FC and ran out 3-1 winners with two goals from Graeme Stephenson and a Jordan Garside header. Clayton Braybrook grabbed the consolation for the visitors.
In the battle of the railwaymen, Darlington Railway Athletic travelled south to face Harrogate Railway Athletic. If this had been a league game it would be been train puns aplenty, but alas there were no points to be played for. Darlington will be looking to get back on track after falling to a 2-1 defeat, although it was a close game so the signals are positive for RA.
Durham United continued their rich vein of form with a 0-3 away win at Stockton East End with two goals from Steven Telford and a third from Adam Watson.
FC Hartlepool of the Wearside League overcame Northern League opposition in the form of Brandon United. Kalon Lloyd grabbed the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win.
In East Durham Shotton Colliery ran out 4-1 visitors over the near neighbours Horden Colliery Welfare, a fine result for the newly formed club looking for a positive first season in the Wearside League.
West Auckland Tunns ran out 5-2 winners against Shildon Railway FC with Marc Bell and Bailey Howarth picking up two goals each and Matty Price weighing in with one.
Last but not least, South Moor AFC drew 0-0 with Ryhope Colliery Welfare u23 side. South Moor had the chances for a win including a missed penalty, but it wasn’t to be.