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Non league match suspended for 18 minutes after fire breaks out

A non league match was suspended for 18 minutes yesterday afternoon after a fire had broke out in one of the stands.

The incident took place in the second half the Northern League match between Bishop Auckland and Penrith, when it is said that there was a fire in the toilets.

One fan stated that four youths were seen ‘running away laughing from gates to ground’.

The club chairman, Steve Coulthard, was pictured just after fighting with the fire…

Prior to the fire, the game was a thriller with the score at 3-2 to Penrith, and that continued after the incident.

After regrouping, the away side’s Martyn Coleman made it 4-2, powering the ball into the far corner on the 70th minute.

Shortly after, six minutes to be precise, Coleman again extended Penrith’s lead, beating the keeper for his hat-trick.

Bishop Auckland got themselves a third through Christopher Winn’s header from a corner in the 87th minute, but it was all too late to spark a late comeback.


Following the fire incident during the game, fans along with some who were at the match gave their reaction, some angry, others just hoped everyone was ok – find out what they had to say on the next page.


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