CHESTER-le-STREET quickly bounced back from their first defeat to climb into second place in Division Two of the Ebac Northern League last night, writes MALCOLM PRATT.
They finished convincing 3-0 winners at Seaham Red Star, though all three goals came in the final 20 minutes.
Star’s defence was finally breached when Lewis Lynch beat goalkeeper Shaun Newbrook when one on one.
Five minutes later, Lynch volleyed home from just inside the penalty area, then, a minute from time, Newbrook was again left exposed and Rhys Wear made no mistake.
Although they twice came from behind, Birtley Town lost 3-2 at Whickham, who moved into fifth position.
Andrew Snaith and Tony Thirkell had the Glebemen two goals up inside half an hour before Craig Marron delivered a ferocious, 20-yard free-kick into the top corner.
Fortunes ebbed and flowed, with Snaith restoring the two-goal lead before Marron failed with a Birtley penalty. John Martin made it 3-2 six minutes from time, but Whickham withstood strong pressure to seal the win.
In Division One, West Auckland are back on top after seeing off a determined Consett side 2-0.
Chris Carr headed in on 42 minutes and a good move involving Stuart Banks and John Campbell was finished off by Elliott Gardner 20 minutes from time.
Durham City outgunned lowly Newton Aycliffe 5-2, and it would have been six had Stephen Thompson not failed with a penalty.
He did score twice, with Max Stoker, Josh Home Jackson and Elliott Cutts earning Dickie Ord’s side their third win in four games. New signing Danny Earl bagged a brace for Aycliffe.
A 1-1 draw was a fair result between Whitley Bay and Sunderland RCA at Hillheads.
Craig McFarlane was unlucky to turn the ball into his own net, attempting to clear a cross from RCA’s David Gordon. But, on the stroke of half-time, Bay levelled with a tremendous shot from Chris Fawcett, which gave goalkeeper Craig Shields no chance.