North East Non League Groundhopper

North East Non League Groundhopper

A page dedicated to ground hop visits to non league football grounds in the North East

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Photos from North East Non League Groundhopper 's post 07/04/2024

A very blustery day welcomed all to the Flamingoland Stadium for the National League North clash between Scarborough and more northerly counterparts, Spennymoor.

McKeown had an opening chance for Spennymoor on just 1 min but his attempt saw the ball sailed over the bar

Efforts by Barnes and Maloney followed, with Maloney’s shot saved by the dependable Moors keeper, James

Spennymoor could not establish anything at all due to the blustery conditions, with goal kicks and passes, not on the floor, going frustratingly astray in all directions.

Boro were in full knowledge that they needed to capitalise on this advantage and so most possession and potential to advance in the game looked very much in the home team’s favour

The tenacious Green was causing some issues as he ran at the Moors defence, and Maloney fired in a free kick but the finish failed to have its intended impact.

Barnes, who returns to Boro on loan from near neighbours, York City, looked impressive throughout, and on 25 mins opened up the scoring putting the Seadogs deservedly ahead at 1-0.

Barnes had another effort around 10 mins later and Ramshaw for Moors saw his chance fade as the away side made a rare appearance in the opposition half

In the second half, the sun shone brightly and the high wind did calm for some periods but for the main the advantage was now in the hands of the County Durham side.

Spennymoor forged forward with McKeown nudging towards goal on 50 mins with the the best endeavour as Boro held the line.

Despite the conditions, the Seadogs did have a number of chances in the first quarter of the half, notably from the excellent, Green and Barnes, the latter whose attempt was blocked from a punched clearance by James in the visitor’s net.

However, the equaliser arrived on 62 mins when a cross from substitute, Ross, was converted effortlessly by Harris as Moors were firmly back in the game.

Greenfield, a one time loanee for the Seadogs, looked sharp as he tried to open up more possibilities and Harris had a strike which did not come to fruition.

For the rest of the game it looked likely that a draw was to be the eventual result as Moors could not add to their tally and a determined Boro, who overall were the better side across the 90 mins, also could not expand on their single goal.

A fair result in the end, which leaves the home side falling short in being able to reach the play offs, but with a game in hand on Tuesday night, Moors will be very much in the mix as they fight to claim a spot to finish their brilliant turn around of a season on cloud nine.

Att: 1,706

My man of the match: Harry Green ( Scarborough)


Where I’m heading tomorrow

Photos from North East Non League Groundhopper 's post 01/04/2024

Bishop Auckland 1 Shildon 3

Today I visited the Vest Construction Stadium once again to watch the much anticipated Northern League Division One derby between Bishop Auckland and Shildon.

Both teams were very much looking out for a win to further their chances of claiming the title, with Bishop looking to extend their lead at the top and Shildon hoping to go level on points.

Bishop’s Johnson was his usual fired up self on 4 mins as he went on a favourable looking run but any finish went awry.

4 mins later, the away side were awarded a free kick but nothing was produced thereafter.

Shildon appeared to start to get a hold on the game, despite the incredibly wet and muddy surface, as they appeared very self assured, especially on the wing thanks to the dangerous looking Spalding and Posthill.

Allen fired wide on 10 mins, with the eager Johnson for Bishop whipping in a critical ball only for no one to meet it with nearly quarter of an hour gone on the clock.

Shildon’s pressing and overall dominance paid dividends as Vincent buried the ball in the back of the net on 12 mins.

For much of the first half Shildon were the superior looking side, although the home team had more flare in their passing ability, achieving anything in the final third looked to be problematic.

Vincent worked hard on 30 mins as the away side attempted to tighten their grip and Bishop’s Johnson bobbed and weaved to produce something a few mins later but with no dice.

On 38 mins, a second heap of misery fell on the home team as keeper, Catterick, brought down the attacker and a penalty was awarded. Posthill stepped up to take but Catterick saved, however, Reay was at hand to dispatch the ball goal bound as Shildon scored their second.

In the final min of the first half it looked like the Railwaymen had gone 3-0 up, but the referee spotted an infringement.

In the second half, Bishop were a very different prospect as they stepped up their game. A free kick on the edge of the box offered hope, but the opportunity was headed out for a corner.

Frustratingly for the home side, despite their possession and determined play, there was little to show for their build up work.

On 67 mins, Bishop threw all three subs on to really push the game forward.

Johnson, who was consistently excellent throughout, crossed in a fine ball but again no one was there to convert.

The home side’s tenacity eventually paid off when a cross in was met by Henderson who deftly headed in to bring the score to 1-2 on 75 mins.

Henderson once again came close with his head moments later as Bishop piled on the pressure.

Completely against the run of play, Shildon capitalised on some rare custody of the ball in a nice sequence of play which paid off as the impressive, Posthill scored stunning the home side and their fans on 84 mins.

Bishop could have lowered their heads, but they still forged ahead but the away side soaked any pressure up fairly easily and looked to be taking all the spoils.

In the final minute, Greluich Smith turned smartly but his shot went wide.

An amazing win for Shildon which tonight sees them top the table on goal difference as they must now feel they have an incredible chance of returning to the NPL East at the first time of asking.

For Bishop, a very disappointing afternoon, despite their supremacy in the second half, but with a game in hand in their favour they might have the advantage, but at this stage neither team will be looking to make any errors as the fight for the title looks very tense indeed.

Att: An absolutely brilliant, 1,102

My man of the match: Joe Posthill (Shildon)

Photos from North East Non League Groundhopper 's post 29/03/2024

South Shields 2 Spennymoor 0

Today I attended the 1st Cloud arena, home of South Shields FC, as they took on near neighbours, Spennymoor.

A fantastic sunny Good Friday afternoon was welcomed by both sets of fans as the two north east rivals were in search of vital points to boost their play off hopes.

Shields started very brightly as on the 6th minute, Heaney saw his shot fly over the bar as the home side started as they meant to go on.

Shields had the lion’s share of possession in the first 10 mins, with Spennymoor looking rather pedestrian.

The home side crossed in on 13 mins, but the imposing figure of Martin could not connect.

Moors did have an effort shortly after, but the memory of this was short lived as the Mariners counter attacked but the final pass fell short.

It was clear the away side had their work cut out, but they soaked up most of the pressure in the first 20 mins, Staunton, notably, looking resolute at the back.

Marksman, Blackett started to apply his usual pressure and Martin shot wide on 23 mins.

Moors had a decent effort as a cross just ghosted across the goal mouth some 3 mins later. The County Durham side then registered their first corner on 31 mins, but any potential danger was swiftly dealt with by the well organised Shields defence.

Blackett came extremely close but just tucked his effort wide with James beaten in the Moors net.

Blackett continued to make a nuisance of himself when he nearly nabbed successfully on 38 mins.

A useful cross from Shields was met by Blackett as the ball tapped the outer underside of the cross bar as the first half was nearing its conclusion.

Moors replied when stalwart, Taylor very nearly converted but Boney made a decent save to keep the visitors out.

In the first minute of the second period, Abbey fired well over and at the other end, a good looking pass from Greenfield to Taylor was just a few inches too long for the forward to capitalise on.

Moors were looking much better, as Taylor was in a good position but released a soft effort which was no effort at all for Boney to deal with.

A goal did come at last, as the home side took the lead on 53 mins as the excellent, Martin easily netted from a pass into the box.

Both sides scrapped out in midfield, in the next 10-15 mins with Heaney for Shields looking more impressive as the game went on.

Spennymoor were still very much in it when Ross found himself in open space shooting, but wildly over the bar on 70 mins.

A little while later, a corner for Shields went close, but was punched out by James in the visitors’ goal.

On 78 mins, Shields went 2-0 to the good as Stephenson did well with his head to put the ball in the back of the net.

Moors were awarded a free kick a few mins later and from the opportunity saw the ball glance across the face of goal as the chance went begging.

In the final 10 mins it was all Shields as they applied constant pressure on the away side.

A late effort by the pacy, Blackett was cleared by James to keep the scoreline static.

As the whistle blew at FT, it was clear that Shields were the most organised across the park and fully deserved the 3 pts. That said, Moors were certainly not embarrassed and gave a good account of themselves as they still look for that play off place.

Att: 3,162 ( I’d be happy if someone could confirm as I think I heard that incorrectly?)

My man of the match: MacKenzie Heaney (South Shields)


Today I’m heading to South Shields as they entertain Spennymoor. Two sides very much in contention for a play off spot this season

Photos from North East Non League Groundhopper 's post 23/03/2024

Bishop Auckland 4 v Penrith 0

It was Non League Day today and I returned to the Vest Construction Stadium to watch league leaders, Bishop Auckland take on Penrith in the Northern League Division One.

A bright but very blustery afternoon saw Bishop start with huge confidence when in the second minute Bartliff nearly converted, followed by another goal attempt by the home side which was saved by Penrith shot stopper, Taylor.

That first goal for Bishop was only round the corner as the ever impressive, Thexton buried the ball in the back of the net on 10 mins.

The equally impressive, Johnson, nearly doubled the score as he shot into the side netting 6 mins later.

On the 19th minute, a corner was whipped in by the County Durham side which was met by Bartliff to take the game to 2-0.

The away side almost made it 3-0 when they narrowly escaped scoring an own goal soon after.

In the 31st min, Taylor in the Penrith goal handled outside his area and was booked for his trouble, but did manage a save from the ensuing free kick.

Less than a minute later, Johnson showboated with some lovely footwork whilst finishing with a goal practically putting the game beyond the Cumbrian side’s reach with just 3/4 of the first half completed.

Penrith, who had barely challenged, were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box on 35 mins but blasted into the defensive wall.

The away side did register an effort some minutes later which was easily saved by Catterick in the home net.

As the half was just about coming to a close, Bishop nearly made it 4 when a shot went just over the bar.

The second half was a slightly more frustrating one for Bishop as their build up play was commendable but the final product was missing. Thexton struck early on but his effort was not squarely hit and thus it went astray.

Giles was unlucky a few minutes later as he unleashed a powerful shot but this was off target.

The away side did try and forge forward in an attempt to close the gap, however, a rather soft effort from Shields was not really going to trouble Catterick.

Some goalkeeping antics from Penrith’s Taylor nearly allowed Johnson in for his second but the danger was somehow averted.

A chance from Brown was always going wide as the Cumbrians tried but sensed a gloomy outlook for the afternoon despite the rare sunshine.

Thexton had an effort deflected on 65 mins and a free kick was parried away by the Penrith keeper soon after.

The relentless, Giles, was causing all manner of issues in attack as he was gifted possession in the box but awkwardly shot wide.

Bishop sub, Risborough, was making a menace of himself on the opposite wing and did brilliantly well to weave into the box but only for his shot to be deflected away by the keeper.

The home side did get their 4th but no Bishop player could claim the credit as a Penrith defender headed unfortunately into his own net on 83 mins.

Despite the indisputable score line, the home side were still on the hunt for more as Risborough struck the side netting and Giles showed some delightful skills but his strike deflected for a corner with 4 mins of normal time remaining.

On 88 mins, Bishop came close but the very busy, Taylor, in the visitor’s goal saved well.

Bishop ran out worthy winners as the whistle blew and their amazing form continues. They now have a very important derby fixture at home to look forward to as they take on second place Shildon on Easter Monday.

Att: 326

My man of the match: Marcus Giles (Bishop Auckland)

Photos from North East Non League Groundhopper 's post 23/03/2024

Today is Non League Day and I’m heading to Bishop Auckland to see them take on Penrith


COMING UP | This Saturday is , we're at home at The Arrowmark Home Improvements Stadium to pWhitley Bay F.C and we'd love your support once again for what is another important game in the season.

As a special offer for the game, you can get Northern League Division One football for Division Two prices!

If you're a supporter of a Premier League/EFL team or your non-league team are playing away, come on down to The Arrowmark and support football.

Photos from North East Non League Groundhopper 's post 16/03/2024

Shildon 4 Heaton Stannington 1

Today I visited the J Denham Metals Stadium (Dean Street ) to watch Shildon take on Heaton Stannington in the Northern League Division One.

Shildon were looking to not slip up in order to still keep in close distance of league leaders, Bishop Auckland, whereas Heaton hoped for 3 pts to keep in the play off hunt.

Stephenson for the away side struck on 5 mins but the attempt was easily caught by Mazfari in the home net.

For the next 10 mins or so the game was very bitty as the referee was in a whistle happy mood which hindered both sides from getting a grip on the game.

A free kick for Shildon on 17 minutes went awry as it was weakly dispatched by the County Durham side.

However, a minute later, the away side stunned the Railwaymen as they took the lead courtesy of a nicely executed goal by Hopper.

Another effort by Stannington dragged too wide to make good as in the opening 20 minutes the more northerly outfit looked a tad stronger overall.

That strength was short lived as Shildon settled and replied with plans of their own. The impressive, Posthill had a decent effort which just went over the bar on 25 mins.

On 35 mins, Greluich Smith directed a delightful header which caught the Heaton keeper completely off guard as Shildon drew level.

It could well have been 2-1 to the home side 3 mins later as Vincent let the ball rip from around 25 yards , but the ball went over.

That second did come and in style from Allen who scored a thumper from well outside the box as Shildon dominated.

The second half saw the home side exercise complete control over Heaton. Greluich Smith added his brace on 50 mins as he took the ball forward and sneaked in his shot outfoxing Corkhill in the away goal.

Shildon looked sharp again as a strong strike was palmed away by Corkhill as Heaton went under the cosh.

Some minutes later a swerving effort went close as Shildon looked to add more goals to their tally.

The game did calm slightly as a couple of stoppages took the sting out of the game. Despite the deficit, Heaton did look to get something from the game but could find no way forward in the final third.

On 77 mins, Shildon’s Spalding had a shot blocked but then buried his second attempt with assurance to take the game to an unassailable 4-1.

The tireless, Posthill had a very good effort on 82 mins but this deflected over for a corner.

In the final 5 mins it was all Shildon as Heaton were well beaten across the park, however, a consolation gift looked to be in Lennox’s favour for the away side, but he shot wide.

In the 88th minute, Spalding fired an effort goalwards which was met by an excellent save by the Heaton keeper.

In the end Shildon recorded yet another victory and are still very much in the frame for a challenge on that automatic promotion spot, however, with Bishop Auckland in exceptional form, they will have to be careful to make no errors as the rest of the season plays out.

Att: 315

My man of the match: Joe Posthill (Shildon)



Next up for the is Tuesday nights 𝙃𝙐𝙂𝙀 game against Whitby Town Football Club in the Semi-Final of the Woodsmith Construction North Riding County Football Association Senior Cup!



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Photos from North East Non League Groundhopper 's post 09/03/2024

Today I returned to the Brewery Field for the big derby game between Spennymoor and Darlington.

Both teams have been in incredible form of late. Spennymoor have reached almost mid table after spending a good period languishing after a very bright start to the season.

Darlington on the other hand have spent an inordinate amount of time deep in relegation territory, however, they have turned in some fabulous results recently and are firmly digging their way out of a massive hole.

A cold and damp afternoon did not affect the enthusiasm of both sets of fans, as they eagerly awaited the County Durham banger to begin.

On 6 mins the thick set, Main, for Darlo crossed in with some menace and the converted effort was saved by the Moors keeper.

A free kick on 10 mins saw Darlo’s Cornish strike the ball but the opportunity was always going over.

Almost in slow motion a ball was crossed in on the floor and netted by Cornish from a decent angle as the Moors looked to be in a defensive slumber on 16 mins.

Spennymoor were on the back foot as early domination came from the away side. A 19 min corner for the home side failed to conjure up anything, but perhaps against the run of play, Harris latched on to a knock forward into the box which he converted for the equaliser on 20 mins.

The Quakers attempted to get back in the frame as quickly as possible and were awarded two free kicks in quick succession which both came to nothing.

It was the home side who took the initiative when a tap forward to Ramshaw who made no mistake at all in doubling the score for Moors on 26 mins.

Ten minutes later Darlo looked nailed on to bring the game level again but a superb tackle from Shrimpton cancelled any hope well and truly out.

A minute later a cross into the box for Darlo was met with a side footed shot which went irritatingly wide.

Main attempted to cause some aggravation with a run towards the danger area only for the Moors defence to confidently defend the opening.

A mix up in the Moors back line set up an effort for Sakeld who shot but into the stand on 39 mins.

In the final minute of the half, James in the home goal bravely denied Darlo getting into a dangerous position to shoot and an effort from Main was fired over as the Quakers ended the half as the stronger side despite the deficit.

After the break, Lufudu worked his way neatly in on the right and released a shot which was blocked on 48 mins.

A penalty shout was swiftly waved away as Ramshaw and the home fans thought an infringement was due to be noted, whilst at the other end a corner for Darlo failed to produce anything from the ball in.

The workhorse, Hatfield released a shot from outside the box soon after but the chance went wide.

A feeekick for Darlo on 55 mins led to no reward and the home side went close with an effort at the opposite end but an offside was spotted by the referee.

Spennymoor had a great mini spell which saw 3 blocked efforts as the away defence ensured no breach was possible.

The lively, Harris had a nice run but his attempt on goal was disappointingly wide on 63 mins.

Darlo saw an attack from the left saved by James in the home net and on 73 mins Darlo were denied by a block from a shot following a corner.

The away side were piling the pressure on as a cross was just nodded over on 75 mins and Platt headed wide from a corner minutes later.

A soft effort from Hatfield was gathered easily by James and Sakeld blasted well over on 80 mins.

Moors still had some fuel left in the tank as Greenfield went on a promising run but shot wildly with just 5 mins remaining.

Again the home side pressed, as McKeown fired over after some initial good work and Darlo sub, Ngandu had a decent punt which went just over the bar on 87 mins.

The ever popular, Ramshaw, for Moors, went very close in the final minute of normal time after a smart ball in by Ross.

In the end it was Spennymoor who claimed the bragging rights for today’s derby game as their impressive run continues. For Darlo it was back to the drawing board after their fine form came to a halt, despite this, they look very impressive and hopefully will push clear of relegation danger in coming weeks.

Att: 2,428 (although I could have misheard that)

My man of the match: Rob Ramshaw (Spennymoor)

Photos from Willington AFC's post 09/03/2024

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Be sure to get behind the lads today! ⚓️



Back on home soil come on Cestrians get behind the lads
v Sunderland West End
ENL Div 2
Ko 3.00
Moor Park Chester Moor DH2 3 BX
Admission - Adults £5 Concessions £3
Children accompanied by an adult Foc


IT'S MATCHDAY! Today we travel to for a fixture in the Ebac The Official Northern League Division 1. Kick-off is 3pm. We hope to see you there supporting the Railwaymen!👏👏


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Match Preview | Seaham Red Star (A)

Tomorrow we are on the road as we make the short through the tunnel to take on Seaham Red Star.

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IT'S MATCHDAY!! | Join us at The Glebe this evening as we take on Whickham FC in a spot of Friday Night Football.



The Colliers are in action tonight with a trip to Billingham Synthonia!

Kick-off at Stokesley Welfare Park is at 19:45.

It would be great to see you there supporting the Green Army!

Updates will be posted throughout.



Tomorrow afternoon we welcome Stocksbridge Park Steels to The Securicorp Group Ltd Stadium for our The Pitching In Northern Premier League East fixture

v Stocksbridge Park Steels

Kick off 3pm

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🆚 King's Lynn Town Football Club
🗓 Saturday 9th March
⏱ 15:00
🏟 Croft Park
📍 NE24 3JE
🎟 £15, £9, £6, FREE (cash/card payments at the turnstiles and online)



We take on Ashington AFC at home this Saturday with a 3pm KO at Belle View in The Pitching In Northern Premier League action.
We hope you can come along to cheer the lads on.


🔵⚪🔵 🏐 MATCH DAY 🔵🏐🔵🏐
Remember We play REDCAR TOWN at MARSKE UNITED ground tonight
📅 Wednesday 6th March
🆚 Redacar Town
🕢 7.30pm
🎟️ £5/£3/kids free with a paying adult
🏟️ Mount Pleasant Avenue, MARSKE
📍 TS11 7BW



🆚️ Northallerton Town Football Club
🏟Sir Tom Cowie Millfield
📍 DL15 9PW
🕚 7:30PM KO
🍔Only Foods n Sauces open
🍺 Clubhouse open from 6pm
📖Programmes available at Turnstile

PLEASE NOTE: Turnstile is CASH ONLY and parking is in car park across the road


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