Chester-le-Street United vs Birtley Town


Chester-le-Street United

  • Taylor Campbell - 1 (78') goal(s)
  • Brandon Young - 1 (47') goal(s)

Birtley Town

  • Glen Hargrave - 3 (30', 31', 34') goal(s)
  • Aidan Rutledge - 2 (42', 56') goal(s)
Sat 05 Nov 2022 | 3:00 pm
Ford Hub Sports Complex


Birtley made it eight league games unbeaten when a quick fire Glen Hargrave hat-trick fired Birtley towards a 5-2 win over Chester-le-Street United.

Match highlights can be found HERE

Goals from Glen Hargrave and Aidan Rutledge ensured Birtley remained in second position in the Ebac Northern League Division Two on Saturday. Hargrave scored three with strike partner Rutledge contributing another two goals towards his impressive goal tally. The Hoops welcomed back Hargrave, Josh Holland and Alex Francis to the side.

The game took a while to settle into any pattern and chances were limited in the opening stages. However, it was turned on its head on the half hour mark when a sub 4-minute Glen Hargrave treble meant Birtley were in total control.

The first goal found the United keeper off his line and Hargrave delivered a glorious chip into the far corner from a wide position. There were some whispers that the effort was a cross however on reviewing the replay we have no doubts that Hargrave was aiming for his first of the afternoon.

Moments later it was 2-0. Ben Garrity forced the hosts into a poor back pass which was picked up by Rutledge, he squared to Hargrave to allow his strike partner to double the lead. The hat-trick was complete on 34 minutes when Hargrave met Lewis Exley’s corner and fired into the net. The visitors were in complete control when Rutledge got his first of the afternoon in the 42nd minute after a neat turn on the penalty area following another defensive error. 

United were the better sides in the opening stages of the second half and the hosts pulled one back when Brandon Young capitalised on a loose ball following a save from Birtley keeper Conor Grant. It was a reminder that the young United side still posed a threat to Birtley.

Aidan Rutledge secured the points when he picked the ball up midway through the opposition half before turning one defender and firing a fierce left footed effort into the net. The pick of the goals though was a consolation from Taylor Campbell who unleashed an outstanding 25 yard effort that nestled straight into the top corner leaving Birtley keeper Grant with no chance. The game finished 5-2 however there was still time for Owen Lancaster to strike the crossbar.

The post-game plaudits from manager Paul Bryson went to his striking duo. “Glen and Alex were back in the starting XI and Josh Holland earned his start. We started with a different formation from when we played Chester earlier in the season. We allowed them the first pass and then pressed from there. I was disappointed with the way we started the game, we started slowly. Glen scores a trademark Hargrave goal, He has scored some great goals in the last few weeks. He then went on to score one of the quickest hat-tricks I have ever seen, three goals in around four minutes. Goals change games, we grew in confidence and Aidan then scored to make it 4-0. We went in at the break 4-0 up but we had not really created any other chances. Our front two were absolutely lethal and special praise to Glen. It’s not just his goals, he gives us so much more. He’s been a brilliant signing.

“Second half they pulled one back, we got a 5th before they scored an absolute worldy. What a goal from young Taylor Campbell. It was from around 30 yards and he smashed into the top corner, I coached him at Sunderland and Taylor will have a bright future in the game.”

“We are really pleased with the three points and now have a free weekend that will allow players like Ryan Keltie, Callum Smith, Sam Hedley and Joe Barwick all to return for the trip to Willington. We look forward to welcoming those lads back and the squad becoming even stronger.”

Player of the match – Hat-trick hero Glen Hargrave

Attendance – 155. 

H2H vs Chester-le-Street United
PWD0 L0 GF11 GA4 Pts 6

05.11.2022 – Chester le Street United 2 – 5 Birtley Town (G. Hargrave x 3, A.Rutledge x2)
09.08.2022 – Birtley Town 6-2 Chester-le-Street United (J. Honour, A. Rutledge x4, C. Smith)

Next up…

The Hoops have a free week before making the trip to play Willington on Saturday 19th November. 


Date Time League Season
Sat 05 Nov 2022 3:00 pm Northern League D2 2022-23


Ford Hub Sports Complex
Keelmans Lane, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR4 0HB


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Chester-le-Street United022
Birtley Town415

Birtley Town

1Conor Grant Goalkeeper
2Ben Garrity 13 Midfielder
3Lewis Exley Defender
4Josh Holland Defender
5Owen Lancaster Defender
6Callum Turnbull Defender
7Alex Francis Midfielder
8Glen Hargrave Forward 30', 31', 34'
9Aidan Rutledge 17 Forward 42', 56'
10Tom McIntyre 12 Midfielder
11Andrew Brown 15 Midfielder
12Thomas Scothern 10 Midfielder
13Andrew Clarkson 2 Forward
15Kevin Mirzakhanian 11 Midfielder
16Isaac Robinson Goalkeeper
17Riccardo Tanoh 9 Forward
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Player of the Match

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