Washington floored by late surge

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WASHINGTON ended up well beaten in last night’s Ebac Northern League Second Division clash at promotion hopefuls North Shields – after comfortably holding their own for 70 minutes, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

Only a fine save by Michael Robinson denied Washington’s Daniel Young before the deadlock was finally broken 20 minutes from time with a great strike from Jonathan Hall, which left Newtowners’ keeper Chris Bannon helpless.

Leading scorer Robbie Nolan latched onto a through ball from James Harmison to double the lead and Paul Watson set up Nolan for a tremendous third to complete the scoring at 3-0 on 85 minutes.

Lowly Esh Winning lost 3-0 to 10-man West Allotment Celtic, for whom Dean Lee, Shaun Reid, converting a hotly-disputed penalty, awarded for a handling offence, and David Dorman all netted.

In Division One, Darlington 1883 extended their lead over Spennymoor Town at the top to 12 points, but they had a close call against Hebburn.

The only goal came in the fifth minute when David Dowson fired over goalkeeper Dan Regan. Hebburn’s hopes of a leveller receded midway through the second half when Daniel Kirkup was sent off.

Third-top West Auckland won 3-1 at Newcastle Benfield.

Elliott Gardner bagged a brace after twice being set up by Mattie Moffat. Debutant Gary Day threw Benfield a lifeline before West sealed victory in added time. Moffat got through but was brought down by keeper Andrew Grainger, who was sent off. John Campbell converted the resultant penalty.