Bishop Auckland’s hopes of lifting the Brooks Mileson Northern League Cup on Saturday were dashed when they were beaten 1-0 by Dunston UTS – but they were furious about a goal that was disallowed.

The scores were goalless and Bishops slowly getting on top, when on 65 minutes Chris Winn pulled the ball back for Rhys Porter to fire home, but the referee disallowed it because his assistant had flagged that the ball had gone out of play when Winn set up his team mate.

An image of the incident that has emerged of the incident, and Bishops manager Colin Myers, who was in charge of his last game, said; “It’s disappointing that the outcome of a final has been decided by a poor officials’ decision.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Dunston though and would like to congratulate them on their win.

“I was very proud of our players and I am just very disappointed for our fans as I wanted to win it for them after the season they have had.”

Ten minutes after Bishops’ goal was disallowed, Dale Burrell fired Dunston into the lead, and Bishops’ keeper Gareth Young made sure his side still had something to fight for in the closing minutes when he saved a penalty by Mark Fitzpatrick.

Chester-le-Street won their first cup competition in over 30 years when they beat Ryton and Crawcrook 2-0 in the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup final, which was played before the League Cup final.

Andy Clarkson put Chester into the lead on 21 minutes, then on 57 minutes their keeper, Jack Wilson, stopped a penalty by Callum Turnbull.

Dan McGuire made sure when he scored in the last minute. The day’s attendance for the two matches was 799.

Redcar Athletic will be playing in the ENL next season after they clinched the Wearside League title at the weekend by beating Gateshead Leam Rangers 7-0.