Washington on the up after decisive victory

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WASHINGTON jumped three places and are now seventh from bottom in the STL Northern League Second Division following last night’s crucial 3-1 victory against Thornaby at the Nissan Sports Complex.

Jake Leighton drove home into the bottom left-hand corner of the net for the only first-half goal and immediately on resuming, Chris Tait also beat visiting goalkeeper Dean O’Rourke with a clinical finish.

Ben Richards made it three with a cleverly taken free-kick from outside the penalty area and although Craig Skelton lobbed goalkeeper Chris Bannon after 55 minutes, the Newtowners comfortably held on to a two-goals cushion.

Esh Winning moved into fifth position when they edged out Northallerton Town by the odd goal in three at Waterhouses.

Just a point separated them before kick-off and it was Esh who struck first with a Kieron Megran penalty.

Shortly afterwards Craig Coates also struck, but when Dan Clayton found the net for Northallerton with 20 minutes left on the clock, the outcome was wide open.

Esh resisted some strong pressure in the later stages and are now only a point outside the play-off places.

In Division One Jarrow Roofing’s slump continued at Consett, where they were unable to contain the magnificent Michael Mackay.

There was an early fillip for Richie McLoughlin’s side as Aristote Guerin-Lokonga pounced on a clearance from goalkeeper Peter Jamieson and fired into an empty net.

From then on though it was all downhill as the unstoppable Mackay rifled his team’s five goals and Consett are now sixth-from-bottom.

Roofing, who have now conceded 84 goals, remain firmly entrenched in the relegation zone.