Heaton Stannington v Chester-le-Street Town

7.30pm  11 March 2014

Northern League, Division Two
Heaton Stannington 1 Chester-le-Street Town 3 (att 101)

Despite a rather tortuous journey to the north east, thanks to an accident causing the closure of the M62 in West Yorkshire, I made it to Heaton Stannington's Grounsell Park ground in time for kick off to recomplete the Northern League.

My efforts were rewarded with a decent game, the visitors ultimately convincing winners against a home side whose promotion hopes seem to be dimming.

Heaton Stannington have adapted to Northern League life well though, since their elevation fro the Northern Alliance during the summer.

There's a buzz around the club, with plenty of helpers and a tidy venue that has seen a small seated stand and floodlights the most recent additions. There's also a small covered area, in front of the clubhouse and hard standing around all four sides.

It was an even first half before a goalkeeping error presented Chester-le-Street with an open goal to take the lead. They held the lead into the break, but the home began the second period well and were soon level.

Chester-le-Street were not to be denied though, and a deflected shot followed by a long range free kick earned them a deserved win.

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