PHIL Bardsley played the first half for Sunderland’s Development Squad in Saturday’s friendly at the Brewery Field but his presence couldn’t prevent Spennymoor Town from running out 3-1 winners in front of a crowd of 441.
Carl Lawson was a 12th minute marksman for Kevin Ball’s side when he beat the offside trap and went on to fire past goalkeeper Peter Jeffries.
Moor’s equaliser came from the penalty spot when Dan Taylor drove home and early in the second period, Mark Davison was left with an easy tap-in following good work by Liam Henderson.
Jason Ainsley’s team just about ended the hopes of the Wearsiders when they were awarded a second spot kick on 66 minutes and this time it was Michael Rae who netted.
Sunderland RCA just edged a Hartlepool XI by the only goal. With 22 minutes on the clock Kyle Morris struck after being set up by the former Durham City player Conor Winter.
There was no shortage of goals for Ryhope CW, who are expected to mount a strong challenge for an immediate return to the Ebac Northern League after being compulsorily relegated to the Wearside League.
Martin Swales’ side maintained their impressive pre-season build up when they thumped Hylton Colliery 6-0 with a brace apiece from James Cook, Phil Hall and Jack Pounder.
Neighbours Silksworth CW also won when they ended 3-1 in front of Coundon Leeholme for whom Ben Collinson cancelled out an early strike from Hargreaves. Stephens and Place were also on target for the Wearsiders.
Chester-le-Street comfortably defeated Harton and Westoe from the Wearside League as the goals flowed from Craig Nichol (2), Anthony Lee and David Surrey.
Durham City had to settle for a 2-2 draw with North Shields, who are unbeaten in seven outings.
Denver Morris headed Adam Furness’ team in front and following Dan Smart’s equaliser, Ricky Fenwick tapped in City’s second goal. With only three minutes left on the clock goalkeeper Rhys Jobling parried a goal-bound drive from Stuart Wright but only into the path of Gareth Bainbridge, who levelled scoring his eighth goal in five games.
Dan Taggart, with a brace, Callum Hope, Matthew Fisher and Cameron Nichol earned Birtley Town an easy victory at Jarrow and two goals from North proved more than sufficient for Seaham Red Star at home to Radcliffe Borough.
Easington Colliery went down to former Wearside League rivals Willington, who were promoted to the ENL at the end of last season. Adam Pinkey (2) and Mark Foster were the scorers.
Hartlepool FC defeated Horden CW on penalties in the East Durham Cup after the sides had finished 1-1. Paul Murphy struck for the Colliers and Jack Nixon restored parity in normal time.