GOAL ATTACK: Ben Goodfellow in action against Chester-le-Street last Saturday   TM pic
GOAL ATTACK: Ben Goodfellow in action against Chester-le-Street last Saturday TM pic


Chester-le-Street PV ............0

Barnard Castle FC ................3

On an extremely windy day at the Riverside Cricket Ground, Barnard Castle beat Chester-le-Street PV 3-0, to keep their promotion hopes alive.

With it still unconfirmed by the league how many teams will be promoted, and with Barney now sitting only eight points behind third place West Auckland, their push for the top must continue into the spring.

It was very difficult day for playing football on Saturday, with winds up 40mph affecting the flow of the game.

After a shaky first 20 minutes, the visitors put the game to bed within a 15-minute time period in the first half.

Harrison Saunders continued his good form as he converted a penalty, before Rob West doubled the lead five minutes later.

Ben Goodfellow converted a one on one situation before half time and they simply had to contain the home side in the second half.

They did this with little fuss despite goalkeeper Joe Ramage being called upon for a couple of vital saves.

They travel to high flying Hetton Juniors this week, in a match that could really push them into contention as the season heads towards its closing stages.

Sam Alexander

Ebac Northern League

West Auckland Town FC scored four unanswered goals against Tow Law Town in a non-league game last Saturday.

Crook and District League

Evenwood Town FC suffered a 4-1 loss at home to Willington on Saturday.

The team will be in action again on Friday when they take on Stanhope in the Norman Wright Memorial Trophy final at Willington.

Darlington Invitation Sunday League

There was success all round for the dale’s teams as Staindrop Wheatsheaf FC, Gainford Cross Keys FC and Middleton Wanderers FC enjoying victories.

Tom Merryweather scored a brace to secure Wheatsheaf a 3-1 victory over Darlington Rolling Mills.

Adam Goodfellow also found the opponent’s net.

Wanderers put on a fine display when they beat Newton Aycliffe Roundhouse by four goals to one.

Cross Keys beat Darlington rolling Mills 6-3.

Alan Haycock scored a brace, earning him man-of-the-match, while there were goals apiece for Andrew Metcalfe, Cameron Gilbey, Jamie Carrick and Brandon Baker.

Martin Paul