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Better from Prudhoe - but it's another defeat; NORTH EAST REGIONAL LEAGUE NORTHERN DIVISION.

PRUDHOE Town lost 2-1 at home to Blyth Town.

The much-improved hosts, who suffered an 8-0 opening day defeat at Blyth, started positively and were rewarded after only two minutes when a precise Courtney Vacher pass found Kelly Loughhead who netted her eighth league goal of the season.

An error by the Prudhoe goalkeeper Rebecca Foster gifted the visitors a rather soft equaliser 20 minutes later.

Town, playing in their first match since their County Cup humiliation against Whitley Bay last month, scored what proved the winner seven minutes after the break.

In an even second period, Prudhoe's Catherine Johnston went close with a freekick as Vacher, Loughhead and Katy McGurk also had chances for the elusive equaliser.

Meanwhile in the FA Premier League Northern Division One, Chester-le-Street Town have pulled further away from the relegation zone after back-to-back wins over bottom club Norton and Stockton Ancients.

After a midweek 1-0 away success, Town recorded a 4-2 home verdict on Sunday to move 11 points clear of the drop area.

Robyn Parker, one of the many Newcastle United players who re-signed from the club last month, scored on her debut as the Cestrians came back from 2-1 down at half -time.

Town, unbeaten in 2016 so far, face the unbeaten NERWFL Northern Division title challengers Gateshead Rutherford Ravens in the Durham FA County Cup final next month.

The 2014 Premier League champions Norton, however, look certain to make a return to regional football next season - having won only one game all season.

Fourth-bottom Newcastle United are battling to avoid dropping down into Division One of the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division after losing 6-1 at home to Guiseley.

Molly Lambert managed a late secondhalf consolation goal for the Lady Mags.

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Prudhoe's Kelly Loughhead

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 24, 2016
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