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Late leveller denies Lady Mags a win; women's football.

TWO sides fighting to avoid relegation from the FA National League Northern Division had to settle for a point apiece after Newcastle United drew 1-1 at Norton and Stockton Ancients.

Twice postponed in December, the rearranged match was only six minutes old when Newcastle took a fortuitous lead.

Full-back Brooke Slater played a ball back to goalkeeper Rachel Chisnall, who slipped as she went to kick the ball upfield.

The ball, however, gently rolled forward for United's Beth Gardener to shoot into an empty net from 25 yards.

Newcastle goalkeeper Dominyka Podziute produced a great save to deny Eve Marshall - the first of many - as Newcastle held on to their advantage at the break.

Brianna Westrup had the Lady Mags' only effort in the second half, her shot easily saved by Chisnall.

It looked like, for all Norton's efforts, an equaliser would not come - but with three minutes left they were rewarded with a fine strike from Bianca Owens.

The Lady Mags next host unbeaten leaders Barnsley on Sunday, followed by a trip to undefeated title challengers Brighouse Town.

| A LAST-MINUTE equaliser denied Chester-le-Street Town three points as they were held 2-2 at Bolton Wanderers.

Rachel Hindle gave the hosts a fifth-minute lead but Nicole Havery, from the penalty spot, levelled the scores after 16 minutes.

The Durham side went ahead on 62 minutes, Havery with her second.

It stayed at 2-1 until the last minute, when Nicole Johnston volleyed home through a crowd of players inside the box to snatch a point for Wanderers.

| SUNDERLAND'S FA Women's Cup third-round tie at Fylde was postponed, the match rearranged for this Sunday.


Lady Mags' scorer Beth Gardener

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 10, 2020
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