BIRTLEY PROMOTED AFTER PENALTY SHOOT-OUT
Birtley Town were today promoted to the First Division after a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Billingham Town.
The scores were level at 2-2 at full time but Birtley went on to win the shoot-out 5-4 in front of a crowd of 1,315 at Bedford Terrace.
All three Division Two promotion play-off matches were decided on penalties.
League chairman Glenn Youngman said: “It’s a wonderful result for Birtley Town, especially to win the tie in such a nail-biting fashion.
“But commiserations to Billingham Town who had a marvellous season but fell just short.”