Hewitson the saver as Birtley bounce back to halt Hebburn

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BIRTLEY Town produced a game-saving rally in last night’s Ebac Northern League Second Division game at home to promotion challengers Hebburn Town, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

The South Tynesiders made a dream start when they romped into a two-goal lead inside the opening 20 minutes.

Channon North fired home on 13 minutes and Craig Malley soon doubled the visitors’ advantage. A headed own goal threw Tony Boakes’ Birtley side a lifeline and early in the second period Kai Hewitson drove past goalkeeper Philip Holgate for the equaliser.

Esh Winning remain second bottom after losing 3-1 at Willington. Adam Burnicle, with a brace and Aidan Goodey (penalty) netted for the hosts, with Anthony Philipson claiming Esh’s consolation.

In Division One, Jarrow Roofing were worthy 2-0 winners at third-top Bedlington Terriers, with John Campbell and Wayne Phillips guiding Richie McLoughlin’s side to their seventh win and into the top half of the table for the first time this season.

Dunston UTS, who had won 10 of their previous 11 games, lost 2-1 at lowly West Allotment Celtic after taking a 44th-minute lead through Greg McDermott. Callum McGlen and David Dormand turned it around.

Newcastle Benfield, who had goalkeeper Andrew Grainger sent off when they led courtesy of Paul Brayson’s strike, succumbed 3-1 to visitors Ashington, whose matchwinners were Andrew Johnson, Dan Taylor and Tony Stephenson.