West Auckland Town vs Birtley Town


West Auckland Town

  • Joshua Scott - 1 (36') goal(s)

Birtley Town

  • Owen Lancaster - 1 (68') goal(s)
  • Liam Wotherspoon - 1 (78') goal(s)
  • Ben Pentland - 1 (86') goal(s)
Sat 12 Aug 2023 | 3:00 pm
West Auckland Town


Birtley fired themselves to the top of the Northern League table on Saturday afternoon, overturning a half-time deficit to run out 3-1 winners at West Auckland.

The home side were quick out of the blocks, and Birtley keeper Alfie Gordon had to be on his toes to deny the onrushing Cieran Jackson after only three minutes. Gordon was called into action again ten minutes later, with a fingertip save to deny Jordan Blinco, after Josh Scott had seen his shot blocked.

West didn’t have it all their own way however, and Birtley’s lively Glen Hargrave saw a shot cleared off the line after 26 minutes.

In the 36th minute, West managed to edge themselves in front with a Josh Scott penalty, after Gordon had felled Joey Hope in the box.

But shortly after, Birtley were handed a lifeline, with Wayne Whitfield receiving a straight red for an elbow in the face of Callum Smith. Stephen Hall almost immediately got the Hoops back on terms with seconds remaining, but keeper Nick Liversedge stood firm and the hosts took a slender lead into the break.

Half-Time | West Auckland Town 1 – 0 Birtley Town

Birtley looked determined to press home their numerical advantage in the second spell, with Owen Lancaster forcing a good save from Liversedge early on, following another Glen Hargrave long throw. The Hoops continued to knock on the door, with Stephen Hall drawing a number of fouls before firing high & wide from a great position just past the hour mark.

Owen Lancaster got a second crack of the whip on 71 minutes, and this time made no mistake, firing through a sea of bodies following goalmouth scramble.

The equaliser seemed to galvanise the visitors, who began to pile forward in search of a second. And on 80 minutes they got it, with Liam Wotherspoon slotting home following good worth from Hargrave & Hall.

Just a few minutes later, the Birtley pair combined again, this time supplying substitute Ben Pentland, who put the game to bed with his first goal in Birtley colours.

Full-Time | West Auckland 1 – 3 Birtley Town

No doubt the red card made it easier, but the Hoops can take a lot from a performance in which every man played his part. Skipper Alex Francis took the MOTM award again, making it a clean sweep so far this season.

Next up…

Despite an outstanding start, Birtley coaches Paul Bryson and Paul Foster will ensure that feet are kept on the ground, and minds are focused only on the next game, which is Tuesday night’s visit of Northallerton Town. Come on down to the Arrowmark and see if the 100% record continues…

Manager’s Corner 

Brysa was delighted that his side showed they can compete against a well respected side. “West Auckland is a very tough place to go to, we knew it would be a really hard game. West Auckland will be right up there towards the end of the season. We were delighted with the result and the performance. It was a real dogged display from us, we had to work very hard. We have scored three goals which was the quality mixed with the work rate. The first half we were kicking against a strong breeze. Glenn had a brilliant chance and we could of went ahead bar some brilliant defending from Brown. We then got punished for a little bit of indecision making, the first division is tight and that was the difference in the first half. West obviously lost a man just before the break.”

“The second half we asked the lads to play a little higher but they looked really dangerous on the counter attack. We equalised through a nicely worked set piece. The 2nd goal was a brilliant goal from Spoony, brilliant counter attack after some very good work from Glen. Ben Pentland then topped it off with a brilliant left footed effort. I think we got our rewards for how hard we have worked. We need to be working that hard for every game in the first division. Every game is a tough ask, at the moment the performances and results are going well. We look forward to Tuesday.” 

H2H vs West Auckland Town (all games/competitions)
7 W1 D1 L5 GF9 GA25

10.01.2006 | West Auckland Town 2-0 Birtley Town – DCC Quarter Final (N/A)
02.10.2010 | West Auckland Town 6-0 Birtley Town – FA Vase R1 (N/A)
25.08.2012 | Birtley Town 1-4 West Auckland Town – FA Cup Preliminary (D. Smart)
30.10.2012 | West Auckland Town (5) 3-3 (4) Birtley Town – DCC R1 (Dan Smith, S. Telford, M. Hornsby)
08.10.2013 | West Auckland Town 3-1 Birtley Town – League Cup R1 – (D. Reaks)
28.04.2021 | Birtley Town 1-6 West Auckland Town – DCC SF – (J. Barwick)
12.08.2023 |
West Auckland 1-3 Birtley Town – League – (O. Lancaster, L. Wotherspoon, B. Pentland)






Date Time League Season
Sat 12 Aug 2023 3:00 pm Northern League D1 2023-24


West Auckland Town
Wanted Stadium, West Auckland, DL14 9AQ


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
West Auckland Town101
Birtley Town033

Birtley Town

1Alfie Gordon Goalkeeper
2Owen Lancaster 15 Defender 68'
3Sam Hedley Defender
4Liam Wotherspoon Midfielder 78'
5Alex Francis Midfielder
6Callum Turnbull Defender
7Kyle Wharton 12 Midfielder 31'
8Glen Hargrave Forward
9Stephen Hall Forward
10Callum Smith 14 Forward 68'
11Lewis Orrell 16 Midfielder
12Ben Pentland 7 Defender 86'
13John Mordey Goalkeeper
14Drew Lake 10 Midfielder
15Josh Strassheim 2 Defender
16Michael Roberts 11 Defender
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Sin Bin
Own Goal
Player of the Match

KO KO 31 36 43 68 68 77 78 79 85 86 89 89 FT