Cestrians take derby honours

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CHESTER-le-Street moved third in the Ebac Northern League Second Division with last night’s 2-1 derby success at Birtley Town, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

The Cestrians went ahead on 49 minutes when Adam Strong’s long-range effort sailed over the head of goalkeeper Neil Bussey.

But Birtley were quickly back in it, Kevin Dixon burying his shot past keeper Matthew Crook.

With time running out, though, the Cestrians claimed all three points when Strong struck again, this time from close-range.

Washington are unbeaten in four games after a 2-2 draw at Whickham.

Robert Nolan beat keeper Scott Cresswell at the back post before the hosts levelled with Jordan Lartey’s 10-yard volley.

Tony Thirkell’s shot was deflected home for Whickham’s second, but Washington deservedly levelled when Nolan fired across Cresswell for the equaliser.

West Auckland moved third in Division One, level on points with leaders Bedlington Terriers and Darlington 1883, after pipping Dunston UTS 3-2, thanks to Mattie Moffat and John Campbell (2). Daniel Craggs and Andy Bulford replied.

South Shields produced an outstanding performance to beat Harrogate RA in their FA Cup preliminary round replay, clinching a trip to Spennymoor. Keeper Ben Starford made half a dozen magnificent saves as the Mariners rode their luck and clung on to Johnny Wightman’s opener.

Crook Town lost 3-1 at Holker Old Boys, despite Kevin Devine’s equaliser.