Crook leave Town feeling down and out

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THE entire Ebac Northern League Second Division programme was a victim of the wet weather on Saturday and only three games went ahead in Division One.

Billingham Town took another step towards near-certain relegation, losing 4-1 to visitors Crook Town.

Crook led with a James Leeds own goal in the 32nd minute, and Mark Ellison soon doubled the lead.

Billingham rallied and deservedly reduced the deficit midway during the second period when Matthew Dixon rounded goalkeeper Williamson and rolled the ball into an empty net.

There was a slim chance of an upset, but Crook made the game safe with two goals in the final 10 minutes from Kyle Davis and Adam Nicholls.

With only 30 points to play for, Billingham need 28 to move out of the drop zone and their relegation will be confirmed if they lose at Marske this coming weekend.

Billingham Synthonia went ahead against Guisborough Town at Central Avenue when Kris Hughes tapped into an empty net on 13 minutes.

The visitors then took over, though, and won after goals from Thomas Marron, Adam Gell and former Synners’ player Danny Johnson.

Following a goalless first half, Consett ended comfortable 3-0 winners over Bishop Auckland at the Belle View Stadium, thanks to a second-half hat-trick from Michael Mackay.