Hero to zero as a red card turns match

Sunday Sun - - Football -

BILLINGHAM Town pro­duced a stun­ning late come­back to go two points clear at the top with a home win against Willing­ton.

Jeff Smith put the vis­i­tors ahead just be­fore the hour-mark, but was sent off three min­utes from full-time and the hosts took full ad­van­tage as Matt Robinson got them back on level terms in the last minute be­fore Jack Con­nor net­ted a late win­ner.

The day got even bet­ter for Town as pro­mo­tion ri­vals Ch­esterle-Street Town were well beaten at home by Tow Law Town.

A Dale Mil­burn penalty on 68 min­utes gave the Lawyers the lead and a brace from Lewis Martin gave his side a 3-0 win.

Thorn­aby moved into sec­ond place as they ended Heaton Stan­ning­ton’s im­pres­sive run with a 2-1 win at Tees­dale Park.

Dan Robinson gave the vis­i­tors a first-minute lead, but two goals in a minute from Kur­tis Howes and Char­lie Gra­ham se­cured all three points for Thorn­aby.

Northaller­ton Town are fourth af­ter two goals from Andrew Rams­bot­tom and one apiece by Kerry Hed­ley and Nick Martin saw them beat Jar­row 4-0.

Alex Ramshaw’s late goal saw Wash­ing­ton win at home against Bedling­ton Ter­ri­ers. A Stephen Young penalty had got Ter­ri­ers back on level terms af­ter Jak Han­son put the hosts in front.

On Teesside, Red­car Ath­letic and West Al­lot­ment Celtic shared the points in an eight-goal thriller.

Re­gan Pat­ter­son net­ted first for West but Sam Calvert equalised to keep it level at the break.

An own goal and a Chris Dick­in­son strike gave the hosts a two-goal lead but West hit back via Matthew Hay­ton and Shane Don­aghey. Joel Cal­len­der put Red­car back in front on 74 min­utes but Hay­ton grabbed his sec­ond in the last minute to en­sure the spoils were shared.

Kal­lum Han­nah got the only goal of the game to give Billingham Syn­tho­nia a nar­row home win against Esh Win­ning.

Ry­ton and Crawcrook Al­bion had a rou­tine win over strug­gling Bran­don United, Cal­lum Turn­bull and Scott Jasper eas­ing their side to a 2-0 win to keep the vis­i­tors in the bot­tom two of the ta­ble.

Only Durham City are keeping Bran­don off the bot­tom of the ta­ble and their own poor sea­son con­tin­ued with a 4-1 home de­feat against Crook Town.

The Steel­men were three goals up at half-time thanks to an own goal and strikes from Chris Dun­well and Phil Ca­ley.

Jamie Hay­men of­fered the Cit­i­zens some hope by pulling a goal back just be­fore the hour, but Ca­ley’s sec­ond of the day ended any slim chances of a come­back.

MARK CARRUTHERS

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