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Premier round-up: Shields pull clear

By James Gordon

South Shields hold an ominous eight point lead at the top of the BetVictor Northern Premier.

They won for the ninth time in 11 outings, defeating Atherton Collieries 3-0 thanks to a David Foley brace which sandwiched a debut goal for new signing Olu Odelusi.

With Whitby and Nantwich in FA Cup action, Basford United took advantage to jump up to second with a 4-3 win over Gainsborough Trinity.

They led 2-0 and 4-1, with Kane Richards bagging a brace, but couldn’t shrug off the Holy Blues, who kept the game alive thanks to Myron Gibbons and Simon Russell.

Mickleover Sports are third having picked up a 1-0 win over Scarborough, who continue to struggle under John Deacey with just one win this season.

Veteran striker Lee Hughes’ 24th minute goal was enough for Sports, who have now registered virtually half the number of points they managed in the whole of last season.

Radcliffe registered a much needed first home win in the Premier Division as they beat Hyde United 3-0.

Liam Ellis gave them a first half lead, but it was only an 84th minute penalty from Tyrese Sinclair that gave them breathing space, with Richard Smith making sure two minutes later.

Lancaster City are on the fringes of the play-offs after maintaining their unbeaten home record with a 1-0 win over Matlock Town.

Paul Dawson’s 18th minute strike was enough to see off the Gladiators, who drop out of the top five for the first time this season.

A bumper crowd of 1,188 saw a five-goal thriller at Bower Fold as FC United got the better of Stalybridge Celtic 3-2.

Darius Osei put Celtic in to a second minute lead, before quickfire second half goals from Tunde Owolabi and Paul Ennis put FC in front.

Osei’s second nine minutes from time looked to have rescued a point for the hosts before Ennis scored a last minute winner.

In the only other game of the weekend, due to the FA Cup action, Kieran Charnock rescued a point for Bamber Bridge in the dying seconds as they drew 1-1 at home to Witton Albion.

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