MIDFIELDER David Hague took his goals tally to six in five unbeaten games as the SOUTH SHIELDS revival rolled on with a 3-1 home win over Seaham Red Star.

Victory took Tony Gibson's side up to ninth in the Division Two table, their highest placing of the season.

The Mariners suffered a shock as early as the second minute, when slack defending allowed John Harrison to fire a loose ball into the top corner from eight yards.

But they trailed for just seven minutes, until Hague's ferocious 35-yard free kick proved too powerful for keeper Chris Errington.

Hague also had a hand in the second, firing a 25th minute David Tremble cross against a post with Micky Haley following up to convert the rebound.

A fourth successive home win was wrapped up on the hour when another Hague free kick caused a scramble, and Tremble forced the ball in at the second attempt for his own fourth in five games.

HEBBURN TOWN, level on points with Shields at kick-off time, failed to match their neighbours in a 3-1 defeat at Evenwood Town.

Not for the first time this season Hebburn were left cursing their luck after missing a penalty and seeing two more efforts hit the woodwork.

Christian Dinsley's free header gave Evenwood a 20th minute lead which was almost cancelled out when Mark Laidler hit the bar 15 minutes later.

A Steve Butler foul on Laidler brought a 50th minute penalty which Tony Robinson hit against a post, and Hebburn were two down 16 minutes later when a Steve Houlahan shot was deflected in off Andy Ord.

Peter Kirkham gave Hebburn hope 15 minutes from time by tucking his shot under the advancing Dave Brough.

But after Paul Scott became their third player to rattle the woodwork, they were finished off eight minutes from time when a long clearance sent Dinsley away for his second.

In Division One, JARROW ROOFING came from behind with two goals in three minutes to win an even game 2-1 at Chester-le-Street.

The Roofers went behind on 28 minutes when Mark Diamond lost the ball in midfield, and Andy Blower went clear to score from 10 yards.

Blower was denied a second when Gary hoggeth kept out his 55th minute piledriver, and Roofing were level 10 minutes later when their former keeper Ian Aitken dropped a cross under pressure from Craig Nelson, who punished the error with his 11th goal of the season.

Two minutes later Roofing's third away win of the campaign was booked when Andy Barclay followed up his midweek debut goal by winning the ball 40 yards out and lobbing a superb winner over Aitken.

Paul Chow and David Tait were foiled by Aitken as Roofing chased a third, but they were almost denied victory when Blower's late header his a post.


Roofing: Hoggeth; Diamond, Rattle, Garrett, Daley (Tait 55); Hollier (Stoker 57), Barclay, Leonard, irving; Nelson, Chow.

Shields: Shields; Tremble, Clark, Tooley, McQueeney (Martin 86); Liddle, Hague, Gibson; Wilson, Anderson (Fothergill 76), Haley (Stephenson 64).

Hebburn: Carr; Ord (Tallack 70), Burrell, Scott, O'Brien, Doyle; Kirkham, Robinson, Gibson (Bean); Baxter, Laidler (Hallway 70).