Houghton defeated on return

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FOLLOWING six weeks of inactivity, four games went ahead on Saturday but another five were postponed.

Houghton Town failed to celebrate a return to action, losing their bottom-seven clash with Stockton Town at Leyburn Grove.

David Johnson was the Teessiders’ scoring hero as he twice beat goalkeeper Dean Caris in the opening 45 minutes.

The result leaves Houghton fifth-from-bottom.

A stoppage-time goal by Michael Meek gave Boldon CA’s result at Hartlepool a measure of respectability.

Until he struck, the South Tynesiders were trailing by three goals and never really threatened the home side.

Carl Wood pounced on a rebound to give Pools a first-minute lead and soon afterwards Stephen Chapman capitalised as 17-year old debutant Craig Hutchinson’s shot was parried by goalkeeper Lee Jackson.

The South Tynesiders hit back, reducing their deficit through Chris Robinson, who was perfectly placed for a simple tap-in after nine minutes.

It was mostly Hartlepool, however, and in the 12th minute Wood restored his side’s two-goals cushion with a shot-come-cross which eluded Jackson.

Four goals flowed in the first 12 minutes, but it was not until the 37th minute that Chapman went past several defenders before crashing the ball into the roof of the net.

Pools went in 4-1 ahead and could easily have added more goals as Chapman, Stephen Thomas and Johnny Bolton all hit the woodwork before Meek struck at the other end.

Only one of the three scheduled Wearside League cup ties went ahead and Silksworth went out to Willington after extra time.

Shaun Golightly gave the Wearsiders an interval lead but early in the second period Michael Weston levelled.

Willington secured their place in the second round with a late winner from James Seymour.