Braces help Billing­ham stay on top

Sunday Sun - - Non-league Football -

3 3 BILLING­HAM Town strength­ened their po­si­tion at the top of the Divi­sion Two ta­ble with a 4-2 win at Eas­ing­ton Col­liery.

First-half braces from Luke Ho­gan and Craig Hutchin­son gave Town a four-goal lead at half-time af­ter a dom­i­nant dis­play in the open­ing 45 min­utes.

Con­nor Short re­duced the ar­rears on 52 min­utes and Liam Cook got the Col­liers’ sec­ond goal in the last 10 min­utes.

Ch­ester-le-Street Town con­tin­ued to ap­ply the pres­sure at the top as they came from be­hind to beat Red­car Ath­letic.

The Teesside out­fit took the lead mid­way through the firsthalf with a goal from David Abel but Joe Hailes marked his re­turn to Moor Park with an equaliser four min­utes be­fore the in­ter­val.

Jack Oliver put the Ces­tri­ans ahead just af­ter the hourand that was enough to keep them just a point be­hind the lead­ers.

Thorn­aby re­main in thirdafter goals from Kur­tis Howes and Paul Rod­dam gave them a 2-0 home win over Crook Town.

A 3-2 home win against Birt­ley Town was enough to keep Northaller­ton Town on the coat­tails of the top three.

Goals from Kerry Hed­ley, Nick Martin and Chris Emms gave the hosts a three-goal half­time lead and they took all three points, de­spite Birt­ley pro­duc­ing a spir­ited sec­ond­half fightback.

Joe Bar­wick and Matty Soulsby found the tar­get to give the Hoops some hope but Northaller­ton held on to seal an­other win.

Heaton Stan­ning­ton’s form con­tin­ues to im­press as they won by the odd goal in five against Tow Law Town.

A brace from the in-form Con­nor Camp­bell and a Dan Robin­son goal put the Stan in con­trol against the Lawyers.

Dan Kirkup got one back for the vis­i­tors and Trae Row­land­son made the Stan sweat with an in­jury-time goal, but it was too lit­tle, too late.

A Matty Mof­fat brace eased Willing­ton to a 2-0 home win against West Al­lot­ment Celtic and an in­jury-time penalty from Craig Hen­nis helped Wash­ing­ton to a valu­able win at Bran­don United.

Early goals from Kris Goss and Jak Han­son put the Me­chan­ics in con­trol but Bran­don were back level by half­time as Jor­dan Lee and Jack Carr found the tar­get.

The two sides looked set for a share of the spoils un­til Hen­nis stepped up in in­jury-time to coolly slot home a penalty and help his side move fur­ther away from the lower reaches of the Divi­sion Two ta­ble.

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