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DESPITE losing a seven-goal thriller to Chester-le-Street, Horden CW’s caretaker boss Bobby Orton was encouraged by his side’s performance in the Second Division game.

The Colliers were first to score when a good cross from Jordan Lavery was slotted home by Aaron Ramsbottom.

Just before the interval, Daniel Curry delivered two excellent corners in quick succession which were headed home by Paul Wardle and Scott Donaldson.

Battling Horden hit back and Ramsbottom beat two defenders before finding the net for an equaliser.

The Cestrians then scored twice in eight minutes just before the end with former Alnwick Town striker Tom Vickers the marksman on both occasions.

In the last minute, Lavery scored the best goal of the seven. His free-kick from 25 yards rocketed into the top corner of the net.

Orton’s new charges pressed relentlessly in added time but were unable to produce an equaliser.

They remain second from bottom, five points ahead of Easington Colliery while the Cestrians are now up to sixth-from-the-basement, seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Birtley Town are eighth-top, just four points behind Esh Winning who occupy the third promotion place.

Scott Oliver’s team erased a two-goals deficit to claim a vital point at Whitehaven for who Leigh Dunn bagged a brace of goals.

With 16 minutes remaining, John Martin finished well at the back post and 11 minutes from time, Birtley’s performance was rewarded with an equaliser from Andrew Inness.

Hebburn Town, who have played fewer games than any other side, moved into the top half of the table with victory over West Allotment Celtic who would have gone third had they won.

Once again, Liam McBryde was the toast of Hebburn. He scored all three goals with Mark Minto replying for the Tynesiders.

In Division One, Whitley Bay are now only a couple of points behind joint leaders Sunderland RCA and West Auckland Town after defeating South Shields at Hillheads.

Paul Chow headed in a Robbie Dale free-kick and Michael McMullen doubled the lead with a low shot. Denver Morris cut the Mariners’ deficit before Dale spotted goalkeeper Jonathan Ball off his line and he lobbed the ball into the net from 40 yards.

Jarrow Roofing were involved in the shock result of the day when they recovered after conceding two goals, to defeat Newcastle Benfield 3-2. The home side was coasting following strikes from Michael Chilton and Lewis Teesdale before Alex Benjamin celebrated his debut, converting a penalty.

Aristote Lakonga then equalised and a minute from time, Benjamin was again on target from the spot. Richie McLoughlin’s side is now three points outside the drop zone.

Danny Mellenby, Josh Gray and Dale Jardine eased top-six team Newton Aycliffe to victory over Norton and Stockton Ancients whose only reply was credited to Matthew Garbutt.

The game was into the 93rd minute when Stephen Baptist levelled for Bedlington Terriers at Billingham Synthonia who were two goals up courtesy of Shane Henry and Michael Jameson before goalkeeper Josh Moody was unfortunate to concede an own goal.