WASHINGTON are building up nicely for the new Ebac Northern League season and they gave another encouraging performance in defeating First Division Bishop Auckland 4-3 at Heritage Park in Saturday’s friendly.
Former Ryhope CW striker Chris Winn was the Newtowners’ hero, with a well-taken hat-trick, and Mark Davison also scored for Steven Hutchinson’s promotion-chasing side, who open their campaign at home to Norton and Stockton Ancients this weekend.
Keiran Megran also scored three times, including two penalties, but finished on the losing side. Bishops begin their league season at Celtic Nation.
Durham City produced a good performance to defeat EvoStik League First Division South side Brigg Town 3-1 at New Ferens Park.
Callum Munroe, in the first minute, Glen Robson and Stephen Stewart netted, with Lee Hutchinson the visitors’ only marksman, levelling just before the break.
City kick off their Division One campaign with a home game this weekend against Sunderland RCA, who relied on a single Ross McNab strike to win their friendly at Ryton and Crawcrook Albion.
Rob Draper (2), James Jackson (2) and Kevin Duggan led Chester-le-Street to a 5-3 win over Gateshead Rutherford, with the Cestrians looking forward to a home league opener against Alnwick Town.
Brandon United found First Division Bedlington Terriers strong opponents and they conceded seven times to Stephen Young (2), Paul Watson, Joe Kendrick, Stephen Little, Jordan Nellis and Dylan Williamson. United will hope for better luck when they welcome Tow Law Town to the Welfare Ground in their opening match.