Stevenson goal secures another point

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CHESTER-LE-STREET are now equal on points with seventh-placed Northallerton Town in the Ebac Northern League Second Division after sharing the points against Tow Law Town at the Ironworks Road ground last night.

The Cestrians went ahead on 29 minutes when slack defending allowed Damien Stevenson to race clear and beat goalkeeper Joe Longstaff.

Early in the second period, the Lawyers levelled with a well-struck effort from the edge of the penalty area by Anth Lee.

Thereafter, both sides had chances to win the game but a draw was a fair result.

Washington, who dented Jarrow Roofing’s promotion bid at the weekend, went down to Whickham at The Glebe.

Chad Collins scored the only goal when he fired wide of goalkeeper Neil Atkinson from eight yards in the 73rd minute but in added time he was sent off.

There was good news for Seaham Red Star, West Allotment Celtic and Jarrow Roofing, who are challenging to join North Shields in the top flight next season.

Heaton Stannington are outsiders in the four-horse race but their hopes receded when they were held to a draw by the Robins in front of a crowd of 261 at Grounsell Park.

Just before the end, Jonathan Wright had the ball in the net but the Stann’s leading marksman Jonathan Wright was ruled offside.

Mattie Calvert’s close-range strike gave Darlington RA the advantage and they held the lead for the best part of an hour before Whitehaven’s Craig Robson equalised.

South Shields’ fixture with Brandon United at Peterlee was postponed as was the First Division game between Bishop Auckland and Marske United.

H There is an important game in the ENL First Division tonight when strugglers Bedlington Terriers are at home to fourth-top Guisborough Town.

Terriers are fourth-from-bottom, just two points ahead of Team Northumbria and a couple behind Sunderland RCA, who are without a midweek game.

At the top, Spennymoor Town will climb over Shildon into second place if they defeat Crook Town at Millfield and Dunston UTS will aim to continue their move up the table by seeing off Whitley Bay at the UTS Stadium.