14 Sep 2020 in News
More fixtures fell victim to the COVID-19 outbreak but there was still plenty of entertaining action elsewhere in the Northern League Division 2...
Birtley Town stormed to the top of the Northern League’s second tier on Friday night after an entertaining 4-3 win against Chester le Street.
The fixture proved to be an explosive one and went ahead despite a last-minute U-turn ordering both sides to play the game behind closed doors following Durham FA’s COVID announcement.
The EBAC live-streamed the game for supporters so they didn’t miss out on the action, with debutant Ryan Drane scoring twice to give his side a huge victory at the Birtley Sport Complex Arena.
Friday’s 4-3 thriller puts Birtley in top spot by a point despite Willington, Easington Colliery and Bedlington Terriers all continuing their 100% win record - due to The Hoops having played a game more.
Easington’s fixture with Washington on the weekend also fell victim to the COVID-19 announcement from Durham FA, with Sunderland Council closing the stadium after the surprise ruling. The Colliers picked up their win in midweek as a Kyle Middleton brace saw off Durham 3-2 on home soil.
Another defeat for Durham on the weekend to Jarrow adds to their woes with their disastrous start of the season showing no signs of slowing down. Three defeats from their opening three games places them firmly at the foot of the table, which is surprising considering many had expected them to impress this campaign after a summer of exponential backing.
Elsewhere, Willington capitalised on their opening day victory by coming from two goals down to snatch a 3-2 win against Heaton Stannington in the pick of the weekend’s fixtures.
Lee Johnson and Jonathon Wright gave the Stan a comfortable lead but a spirited fightback saw Lewis Martin bag a brace before forward Bradley Burns broke their hearts with a last-gasp winner to snatch all three points for Willo.
Here are the results from Saturday’s fixtures, courtesy of the EBAC, including our own 3-1 win away at Tow Law Town: