Northern League: Battling Crook sunk by quickfire Stockton double

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Crook Town could not stop high-flying Stockton Town moving into second place in the Ebac Northern League’s Second Division with a 3-1 win last night.

Stockton opened the scoring after 15 minutes when Kallum Hannah struck from close range past keeper Niall Harrison.

Crook equalised in the 62nd minute after good work from Daniel Smith, whose cross found Wayne Whitfield, who scored with ease past goalkeeper Michael Arthur.

However, two goals in two minutes put paid to Crook’s hopes of a point, or better, as Adam Nicholson fired in a header and Hannah scored his second, tapping in from close range.

Norton and Stockton Ancients continued their good form with a sixth win of the season, 3-0 against Hebburn Town.

Phil Caley opened the scoring on 20 minutes and Nicki Martin got the second early in the second half. Lewis Walton wrapped up the points from close range 15 minutes from time.

Heaton Stannington and Billingham Town served up a 3-3 thriller.

Craig Hutchinson (penalty) and Chris Dickson had Town two up, but Sam Walton responded. Jack Connor restored the two-goal advantage, but Paul Blackett’s brace, making it six goals in two games, hauled Heaton back for a point.

Promotion-chasing Billingham Synthonia won 1-0 at Northallerton, courtesy of a well-worked goal from Joe Hillerby in a swift move involving several players.