Healer’s the big hero in Chester rompcal

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CHESTER-le-Street claimed their first Ebac Northern League Second Division win of the season, comfortably defeating Esh Winning 4-1 at Waterhouses last night.

The home side faced an uphill battle when they conceded to Anthony Healer (2) and Craig Mickle inside the opening 33 minutes.

Worse was to follow just past the hour mark when Michael Hepplewhite made it four for Colin Wake’s men. The game was into the last minute before Graeme Stephenson claimed a consolation for Esh.

The match of the night between promotion hopefuls North Shields and Birtley Town finished goalless, ending both clubs’ 100 per cent records.

There was a scare for Birtley 16 minutes from time when Dan Smart hit the woodwork.

Jarrow Roofing, aiming to go one better than last season and clinch promotion, made it two wins out of three, but they had a close call in a 3-1 victory at Norton and Stockton Ancients.

Stephen Flockett gave the Teessiders an early advantage, but, by the ninth minute, Roofing were 2-0 ahead courtesy of Dean Nicholson and Scott Robson.

The Boldon-based side were relieved as Dan Kirkup added a third goal before the interval, but, when Nick Martin reduced the deficit, it was all to play for in the last 15 minutes. Richie McLoughlin’s side, though, held on.

Newly-promoted Willington lost 2-0 to West Allotment Celtic, for whom Shaun Reid scored in the 11th and 77th minutes.

Despite leading with Lee Peacock’s brace, Ryton and Crawcrook Albion had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Stokesley SC, who responded through Gary Redman and Matthew Robinson.