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Northern League: Chester-le-Street end long wait for cup glory in slick style

Chester-le-Street's Andrew Clarkson celebrates after opening the scoring against Ryton & Crawcrook Albion in the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup final at Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.
Chester-le-Street's Andrew Clarkson celebrates after opening the scoring against Ryton & Crawcrook Albion in the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup final at Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.
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Chester-le-Street secured their first cup success since joining the Northern League in the 1980s on Saturday.

The Cestrians lifted the Second Division’s Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup, following a 2-0 final victory over Ryton & Crawcrook Albion at neutral Consett.

Chester-le-Street Town celebrate after their 2-0 Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup final win over Ryton & Crawcrook Albion at Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

Chester-le-Street Town celebrate after their 2-0 Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup final win over Ryton & Crawcrook Albion at Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

There were half-chances at either end, but Colin Wake’s Chester side forged ahead on 23 minutes, when they counter-attacked well and the move ended with Andrew Clarkson heading home past goalkeeper Darren Houghton.

The game ebbed and flowed, before, on 57 minutes, Ryton were awarded a penalty when Mason Stephenson was brought down by Connor Lyon in the box and the referee immediately pointed to the spot.

However, goalkeeper Jack Wilson saved Callum Turnbull’s spot-kick, diving low to his right, to keep Chester ahead.

The Cestrians defended well to maintain their clean sheet, and they breathed a huge sigh of relief in the third minute of stoppage time when Dan McGuire raced through and slotted the ball into the bottom corner of the net to clinch a 2-0 success.

Dunston UTS celebrate winning the Brooks Mileson Northern League Cup after their 1-0 win over Bishop Auckland at Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

Dunston UTS celebrate winning the Brooks Mileson Northern League Cup after their 1-0 win over Bishop Auckland at Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

Dunston UTS were beaten by Consett in last month’s Durham Challenge Cup final.

But they ensured glory of their own by edging a 1-0 win over Bishop Auckland in the Brooks Mileson League Cup Final at Consett.

After a goalless first half, and a game of very few clear-cut chances, it took until the 77th minute for the deadlock to be broken, when Dale Burrell fired in from a tight angle past goalkeeper Gareth Young.

Two minutes later, the Tynesiders were awarded a penalty, but goalkeeper Young saved well from Mark Fitzpatrick’s spot-kick.

Bishops, though, could not force an equaliser in the remaining time.