DURHAM City completed their first season back in the Ebac Northern League with a 3-2 victory over local rivals Bishop Auckland at Heritage Park last night.
The result means that City will finish just below the halfway mark.
The game was goalless until the 71st minute but then five goals flowed in an exciting finale.
Bishops were first to strike with leading scorer Andy Johnson driving the ball past Rhys Jobling when one on one with the goalkeeper.
It wasn’t until the 85th minute that the Citizens levelled and in a frenetic finale four goals were scored in five minutes.
Ollie Hotchkiss equalised from the penalty spot and in quick succession Mark Baitey and Ian Ward fired Adam Furness’s team into a two-goal lead. There was still time though for Jamie Harwood to claim a second goal for Bishops in added time.
In Division Two, Chester-le-Street gained revenge for a 2-0 defeat by North Shields on Saturday when they won by a similar margin in the return fixture at the Daren Persson stadium.
Michael Robson fired past Robins’ goalkeeper Michael Robinson following a corner and just before the interval Ian Davison beat the wall and Robinson with a direct free kick.
The home side threatened to get back in the game and only an outstanding save by Cestrian goalkeeper Stephen Kennedy from Ian Holmes preserved his team’s two-goals lead.
Tow Law Town enjoyed a five-goal romp at Ryton and Crawcrook Albion who conceded a ninth-minute goal to Luke Parkinson.
Ryton then held their own until the Lawyers struck three times in 12 second-half minutes courtesy of Lewis Harrison, Adam Robinson and Scott Brassell. Just before the end Parkinson completed a five-goal rout.