Hebburn Town had to fight back from a goal down against Ryton and Crawcrook to secure their eighth straight victory in a row, a 2-1 win, in the Ebac Northern League Second Division.
Town started well and a good ball from Adam Rundle, released Chris Feasey, but his shot was saved and Craig Malley’s shot just cleared the bar.
James Davidson also came close when his firm header from a Feasey cross scraped the angle of the bar.
From a defensive mistake, Ryton took the lead when Bellow latched on to the ball in the corner and drove it past Town keeper Steve Hubery.
This was the first goal that Hubery had conceded in his last six appearances, but it almost became two when a Ryton strike through a crowded goalmouth brought a tremendous save from the keeper.
Hebburn came flying out of their blocks after the interval and within 10 minutes, took a 2-1 lead.
The first came when a great run and cross from James Davidson caused confusion in the Ryton box, and after efforts by both Channon North and Adam Rundle were blocked, Rundle volleyed in to level the scores.
Minutes later another scramble following a corner, Rundle again struck the ball past the Ryton keeper to put the Hornets in front.
There was still very much to play for and only a top drawer save by Hubery in the 65th minute prevented Ryton scoring when he tipped a strong drive over the crossbar.
The game then entered a period of midfield battling as conditions became more difficult and although there were efforts on goal from both sides, neither keeper was really called into action.
Hebburn started to keep more and more possession of the ball to see the game out.
In particular, the last 10 minutes were controlled by the Hornets as they passed the ball around to finish 2-1 victors and add to their run of successive victories.
Hebburn should have been playing Dunston on Tuesday night in the League Cup, but Dunston will now be playing a FA Vase tie, postponed on Saturday because of a waterlogged pitch.
Hebburn’s next fixture is at home to Billingham Town on Wednesday, November 23, in the Ernest Armstrong Cup.