St.Joes grab late leveller in Division One

Birtley Saint Josephs edged two points clear at the top of the Bay Plastics First Division thanks to Tony Smith's late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle Chemfica Independent.

Saint Joe's have played two more games than second-placed New Fordley and a bumper eight more than third -placed Shilbottle CW, who trail by nine points.

Chemfica were boosted up the 13th by the point, leapfrogging Cullercoats and Wallsend Boys Club.