Northern League: Cestrians' baptism of fire as champions hit six

Chester-le-Street endured a chastening defeat in their first match back in Division One of the Ebac Northern League last night.

Thursday, 11th August 2016, 8:30 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:52 pm
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The Cestrians, who clinched promotion from Division Two last season, were thumped 6-0 away to defending champions Shildon.

David Ferguson, the former Blackpool skipper, netted twice as Shildon hit three goals either side of half-time to outgun their visitors. Mickey Rae, Anthony Bell (penalty), Billy Greulich Smith and Paul Connor also netted.

Chester now face a tough home clash with North Shields on Saturday.

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Paul Brayson had Newcastle Benfield in front against Penrith, but the Cumbrians levelled when Kevin Connelly slid home.

In Division Two, Willington ended up winning a pulsating match 4-3 at home to Darlington RA, thanks to Jason White’s hat-trick and a Graham Stephenson strike.

Esh Winning lost 5-1 at home to Thornaby, who scored early on through Ryan Bennions. Matthew Robinson scored a hat-trick, netting on 23, 27 and 62 minutes, to make it 4-0.

Sam Mitchell then added a fifth before Phil Hayes replied late on.

Brandon United led with Wes Maddock’s goal at Northallerton, but the hosts rallied to draw 1-1, with David Onions converting a second-half penalty.

Anthony Peacock fired home a fine winner as Billingham Synthonia edged Crook Town 1-0.

Newcomers Blyth Town dominated in a 0-0 draw with Ryton & Crawcrook Albion.