Seaham Red Star let two goal lead slip

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SEAHAM Red Star looked to be on their way to three crucial points when they led Chester-le-Street by two goals inside 15 minutes of last night’s STL Northern League Second Division game, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

The Cestrians though produced a splendid rally and a 5-2 victory lifted them to seventh-from-the-basement while Red Star remain in the bottom three.

The visitors made a dream start when Kevin Gordon beat goalkeeper Chris Rookes and shortly afterwards Michael McEwan doubled Seaham’s lead.

Chester-le-Street hit back with Michael Coghlan’s goal after half an hour and right on the stroke of half time Scott Donaldson levelled.

The Cestrians had the better of the second half and ended comfortable winners with a brace of goals from Callum Patton and one by Kyle Morris.

There was a good result for First Division leaders Sunderland RCA when top four sides Dunston UTS and Whitley Bay shared the points at the UTS Stadium.

Following an enforced three-week lay-off, Dunston looked rusty in the early stages but their play gained momentum after Andrew Bulford rattled the post.

Paul Robinson went close for the Seahorses before Bulford returned to round goalkeeper Kyle Hayes and fire the ball into an empty net.

Stephen Goddard almost doubled the lead before Whitley restored parity just before the interval with a back-post header by Brian Smith.

Both sides had chances in the second period but neither was able to claim a winning goal. Whitley are now second, three points behind RCA while Dunston are fourth, seven points off the top but they have four games in hand on the Wearsiders.