CHESTER-LE-STREET produced a shock result in last night’s Ebac Northern League Second Division game when they defeated promotion hopefuls Heaton Stannington 3-1 on Tyneside.
Jake Stafford profited from a defensive mix-up to give the Cestrians a 15th-minute lead and it wasn’t until five minutes into the second period that Gary Yates bundled in the equaliser after an effort from Brian Dodsworth had hit both posts.
With 20 minutes remaining, the visitors regained the advantage as Stafford’s shot from distance took a deflection and seven minutes later James Allsop delivered a low free-kick from 30 yards which gave goalkeeper Shaun Backhouse no chance.
Worse was to follow for fifth-placed Heaton, who had Ian Balmain red-carded in the 85th minute. The result lifted Chester into ninth place – their highest position for some time.
Washington’s winning sequence came to an end in an eventful game at Whitehaven, who roared into a two-goal lead courtesy of Darren Donald and Kevin Law.
In the 25th minute, Whitehaven goalkeeper Ian Studholme and his defensive colleague Adam Tubman clashed heads and were taken to hospital.
Outfield player Arthur Peers took over in goal and on 58 minutes Anthony Lund reduced the deficit.
Four minutes later and there was more agony for Whitehaven, who had Kevin Law shown a straight red card.
The Newtowners made the numerical advantage count with David Southern claiming an equaliser but almost immediately the Cumbrians were awarded a penalty which Matt Tymon converted for a 3-2 victory.
South Shields held in-form Thornaby to a 1-1 draw at Peterlee. A long throw from Ben Riding was turned into the net by Richard Logan after 13 minutes but the visitors quickly equalised as Gerard Livingstone chipped Mariners’ goalkeeper Jak Wells.
With six minutes left on the clock, Thornaby were reduced to 10 men when Ian Bishop was shown a straight red card.
Tow Law Town came from behind to defeat Northallerton Town 3-1 at the Ironworks Road ground.
It wasn’t until an hour had elapsed that Chris Burton broke the deadlock with a left-foot volley that flashed past Lawyers’ goalkeeper Joe Longstaff.
A penalty, converted by Dan Wilson levelled the scores and in the 74th minute Adam Pinkney scored.
The visitors pressed searching for an equaliser but it was all over as Wilson struck again from close-range.
West Allotment Celtic remain fourth-top, now only a point behind Seaham Red Star, after they edged Whickham in a five-goal thriller at The Glebe.
Whickham’s Ian Robson had an early penalty saved by Ryan Beal but he made amends in the 10th minute when he went past a defender and fired into the corner of the net.
Michael Bell equalised with a free header and on the stroke of half time Allotment went in front with a 12-yard strike from Robert Nolan.
With 20 minutes to go, Liam Hudson took advantage of a defensive mistake to score a third goal for the Tynesiders but when Mark Pattison hit a terrific 20-yard drive into the roof of the net on 83 minutes, it was all to play for.
In Division One, the news wasn’t good for Sunderland RCA since Marske United sprang a surprise, defeating Ashington, and Penrith ended a winless sequence.
Marske were the underdogs but shocked the Colliers by scoring twice in the last 20 minutes.
A ball in from the left was met by the former Ashington player Jamie Clarke, whose terrific volley left goalkeeper Karl Dryden helpless.
Just before the end, Levant Yalcin sent in a tremendous shot from 25 yards which sailed over the head of Dryden.
Marske have moved out of the bottom six and so too have Penrith after beating Bishop Auckland 4-2.
Steven Rigg headed past keeper Scott Pocklington, who was beaten again by a Ryan Errington header.
It looked to be all over for Bishops when Rigg was left unmarked from a corner but after Danny Earl scored one of the best goals of the five, driving wide of keeper Josh Richardson from the edge of the penalty area, Willie Paul conceded an own goal.
There were still 12 minutes to play but Penrith’s nerves were eased when Ryan Hall struck their fourth goal.
Hebburn Town shocked Spennymoor Town when Aidan Bell cancelled out Andrew Stephenson’s early strike, but Jason Ainsley’s side hit back for a crucial 3-1 victory which enabled them to consolidate third place.
Dan Taylor regained the lead and Stephenson made it three just past the hour mark. A minute from time Stephenson struck a penalty against the post.
West Auckland Town, who reached the semi-finals of the FA Carlsberg Vase at the weekend, saw hopes of a league and cup double end, when an only goal by Jarrett Rivers proved sufficient for Whitley Bay in the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup quarter-final tie.