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SEVEN-UP FOR TOWN; Strugglers soar up table with big win Non-league football.

Byline: ANTHONY VICKERS

BILLINGHAM Town blasted out of the basement with a seven-goal drubbing of drop zone rivals Jarrow Roofing.

Rampant Town ran riot away from home in the Northern League top flight relegation clash to claw above their shell-shocked hosts.

A five-goal blitz in the first half put Town in complete control.

Roofing, in the middle of a disastrous slide, were forced to play a teenage rookie in goal and ruthless Town took full advantage.

They roared into the lead after just three minutes, David Onions ramming home after a pass from Micky Dunwell then former Boro youngster James Cronesberry wove his way past three men to slot home a second after 20 minutes.

Any hopes of a Roofing revival were snuffed out with two goals in five minutes as brothers in arms Micky and Chris Dunwell pounced.

Onions then scored again just before the break to build up a commanding lead.

Roofing pulled one back early in the second half but it was just token resistance and the one way traffic quickly resumed as Micky Dunwell lashed in a 30-yard sizzler then the emphatic rout was wrapped up with another long range effort from Glen Butterworth.

The win clawed Town up to fourth and above Roofing on goal difference but with two games in hand and a spring in their step.

Neighbours Billingham Synthonia left it late to seal a tense 2-1 home victory over Bishop Auckland.

Synners needed a Danny Earl penalty four minutes into stoppage time to plunder the points and climb above their visitors.

Before that they had gone ahead early in the second half as Danny McWilliams drilled in a low cross that went in for an own goal off defender Parker but Bishops pegged them back with a Hawkins strike just before the hour mark.

Marske are now within touching distance of the top eight after stretching their long unbeaten run in a hard fought 2-1 win against second-bottom Tow Law.

The Seasiders survived some early scares before taking the lead when Chris McGill cracked home from a Karl Charlton corner.

After the break they took control as Tommy Marron charged down a keeper's clearance on the edge of the box and stabbed home.

Spirited Tow Law got a late consolation from Thompson.

Guisborough Town continued their climb into the mid-table comfort zone with a 3-2 win at tetchy Newcastle Benfield who had two men sent off.

Guisborough went ahead early on as their Tommy Marron headed home a James Decosomo corner.

They should have had a second when keeper Grainger was sent off for a foul but his replacement saved Luke Bythway's penalty.

Bythway made amends soon after as he struck from 20 yards then the game swung back Benfield's way as goals either side of the break squared the scores.

The Priorymen snatched victory as Michael Roberts struck five minutes from time then Benfield had Peareth sent off late on.

Norton went down 3-1 at Ashington with Nathan Mulligan getting the Ancients goal, his fourth in four games.

And rock bottom Stokesley slumped to a 3-0 home defeat to in-form Newton Aycliffe.

In division two Thornaby fought out a 2-2 draw with Birtley. Craig Skelton and Graeme Baverstock gave them a first half lead but Birtley fought back after the break.

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ON TARGET: Micky Dunwell was among the scorers as Billingham Town eased their Northern League Division One relegation worries with a super seven-goal drubbing of fellow strugglers Jarrow Roofing Picture by PETER REIMANN
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 3, 2012
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