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Shildon top league table

Shildon marched to the top of the Northern League Division One table tonight after a comfortable win against ten-man Morpeth Town.

The home side had their numbers reduced within 15 minutes when Steven Anderson received a straight red card for kicking Mark Hudson in the face while the Shildon captain lay on the ground after being fouled.

Although both sides had chances in the first period, Shildon’s numerical advantage saw them come closest to opening the scoring. Ben Wood’s curling shot cannoned off the bar while Paul Connor forced an excellent save from Steven Mundy. The home goalkeeper was performing heroics to keep Shildon at bay during the first half.

The home side went into the break having survived the onslaught, but they had barely drawn breath in the second half before the Railwaymen were two up.

Two minutes after the restart, Ben Wood scored a curling, dipping free kick from 22 yards and, almost immediately, Sam Garvie fed Paul Connor who deftly chipped the keeper for a swift two-goal lead that allowed Shildon to take complete control of the match.

The Railwaymen cruised through the remainder of the tie before adding two late goals to more accurately reflect the dominance of the visitors. Mark Hudson fed Sam Garvie on the right edge of the box for the striker to slot home before the captain added to the tally himself by dispatching a penalty in the 90th minute.

Shildon’s competitiors for top spot both slipped up in tough ties this afternoon. Celtic Nation lost at home to ten man West Auckland while Spennymoor were held at Heritage Park by Bishop Auckland.

The results mean that Shildon, for the first time since season 2009-10 – and with six home matches in a row coming up – sit proudly atop the league table this evening.

Morpeth Town v Shildon AFC

Before a welcome run of six home league matches in a row, it’s another road trip for the Railwaymen tomorrow, as they visit Northumberland’s league newcomers, Morpeth Town on Ebac Northern League Division One duty.

It will be the fifth away match on the trot for Shildon who, by the time of Consett’s visit to Dean Street next Wednesday evening, will have been away from home for almost a month.

Morpeth have had a mixed start to their Division One campaign, opening with two heavy defeats before crushing Liversedge by 6-0 in the FA Cup. The win gave the side a confidence boost from which they went on to record a six match unbeaten run in league and cup.

As well as the six against Liversedge – whom Shildon defeated last season in the FA Vase – Morpeth have scored seven goals twice this season: once in the league and the other time in the league cup, but both times against top division opposition.

Meanwhile, Shildon go into the match as the form team in the league. Having dropped just two points in a six-match run including five away ties, the Railwaymen have scored twenty and conceded just four times.

Going into the fixture, Shildon’s hosts lie in 19th position in the league, collecting 8 points from their 9 matches. At home they have won twice and lost twice, with the four ties witnessing a staggering 28 goals – an average of seven per game.

Shildon lie third in the table, level with Spennymoor, who visit Heritage Park for a local derby against Bishop Auckland, and just three points behind leaders Celtic Nation, who host West Auckland at Gilford Park.

No doubt the fans paying their way in to Craik Park will be hopeful of seeing another feast of goals tomorrow. The visitors will be hoping the majority find their way into the home side’s netting.

Kick off tomorrow is at 3pm. For location details and other information about the club, pay a visit to the Morpeth Town website.