HEXHAM’S resurgence in Northern Alliance Division one continued with a win over top-four Whitburn & Cleadon.

The 2-1 away victory on Saturday was green and white’s third on the bounce in all competitions, and moves them up to eighth in the league table.

Goals from Dylan Mabunu and Lewis Loughhead secured the three points on a stormy day in South Tyneside, with strong winds and a heavy pitch for both sets of players to contend with.

Hexham played up the slope and into the wind during the first half, and opted to sit deep in a bid to contain their opponents, and punish them on the counter attack.

Whitburn & Cleadon showed the quality which has taken them to the upper reaches of the league table this season. But Hexham kept their strong and pacey players at bay.

The visitors used the ball well, and with central midfielders Will Forsyth and Loughhead supplying widemen Sam Mannion and Owen Murtough, and forwards Kurtis Harvey and Robbie Pattison.

The home goalkeeper had work to do, and pushed the ball onto the crossbar from a Harvey header.

The match remained goalless at half time, with Hexham keeper Tom Craney well protected by the back four of Lewis Furness, Michael Robson, Hamish Forsyth and Brandon Kennedy.

Hexham came close again on 55 minutes, when Will Forsyth took a shot from the edge of the area, which struck the post. Ten minutes later, Kennedy made a crucial interception to thwart a Whitburn & Cleadon attack, and clipped the ball over the home defence for the pacey substitute Dylan Mabunu to chase. The latter lobbed the advancing keeper to score.

On 75 minutes it was 2-0. From a corner, the ball found its way to Loughhead on the edge of the area, and he arrowed a low drive across the keeper.

The hosts pulled a goal back, but Hexham had done enough. Substitutes Alex Hannon, Will Turnbull, Calum Armstrong, and Bradley Rowell, all got a run out. Manager Martin Lowes said: “This was a great win against a very good team. Our game management in the conditions was excellent.”