Northern League: Willington spot on to seal cup booster

Willington won through in a shoot-out to progress to the second round of the Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup last night.

Thursday, 12th October 2017, 11:30 am
Updated Monday, 11th December 2017, 4:23 pm

Brandon United were knocked out by visitors Willington, who won 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the all-Second Division showdown.

Jack Pounder gave Brandon the lead a minute into the second half, but Damon Ellis levelled matters.

Hebburn Town had to fight all the way to send lowly Alnwick Town packing.

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The visitors, struggling at the wrong end of the Ebac Northern League’s Second Division, threatened an upset when their impressive start brought a 2-0 lead.

Tony Brown fired a brace to inspire Alnwick, with the second goal a stunning effort into the top corner of the home net.

In the second half, high-flying Hebburn pulled one back through Craig Malley and Jason Blackburn soon made it 2-2.

Jack Donaghy then completed the fightback, firing Hebburn 3-2 ahead in the dying minutes to ensure their progress.

Hebburn are back in action on Saturday, when they head to lowly Chester-le-Street in the league.

Scott Heslop’s goal six minutes from time earned Dunston UTS a 1-0 victory over West Allotment Celtic in a game of few chances.

In the only league game, Morpeth Town reclaimed top spot in Division One, thanks to an exciting 3-2 win over Marske United, in a brilliant advert for the league.

Adam Wheatley headed Marske in front, but Liam Henderson equalised and Keith Graydon fired the home side 2-1 up.

Craig Gott’s stunning 40-yarder hauled Marske level, but a tremendous winner from Cameron Walton, with just four minutes to go, sealed Morpeth’s victory, taking them back above North Shields into pole position.