SUNDERLAND West End enjoyed a convincing 3-0 Wearside League success against Seaton Carew last night, but victory was marred by an injury blow, writes MALCOLM PRATT.
West End had Jamie Bond carried off with a suspected broken collar bone on an otherwise fine night for the team at Leyburn Grove, Houghton.
David Keithley’s close-range header gave them an early advantage, and man-of-the-match Michael Wharton made it two, with Adam McQuillan completing the scoring with a fine solo effort.
Despite scoring first through John Turvey after only two minutes, Silksworth Rangers were outclassed by Hartlepool in a 6-1 home defeat.
Rangers’ joy was short-lived as Luke Naylor quickly levelled and Shaun Ross fired Pools in front on 21 minutes.
Silksworth held firm until the 59th minute when Ross again notched. Late on, Craig Hutchinson, Mattie Kelsey and Shannon Davies sealed Rangers’ fate.
Peterlee Town paid the penalty for a poor first-half performance as they slipped up 2-1 to visitors Leam Rangers at Eden Lane.
Anthony Falcon beat the offside trap and fired past goalkeeper Kyle Donaldson for Leam’s opener, then Leon Kane headed in at the far post.
Peterlee showed more purpose in the second 45 minutes and were in with a chance as Craig McManus converted Michael Noble’s corner, but the Tynesiders held on.
Easington Colliery ended with only nine men and, unsurprisingly, Darlington Cleveland Bridge finished 3-1 winners.
Michael Hillary and Michael Carter had the hosts two up inside 30 minutes before Reece Williams cut the deficit just past the hour mark.
Reece Brymer was dismissed in the 77th minute and James Bamburgh was also red-carded, in stoppage time.
A minute later, Daniel McLachlan made certain of Bridge’s success.
Leaders Willington only just managed to sink lowly Coxhoe Athletic 3-2.
Wayne Dobinson conceded an own goal to give Coxhoe a shock early lead before Adam Sakr fired an equaliser.
Sakr was then dismissed, but, despite going down to 10 men, Willington went in front with a Chris Hardy penalty.
Stephen Parnaby levelled from the spot, but Coxhoe had Neil Charlton sent off 12 minutes from time.
Almost immediately, Hardy headed the winner, but the drama was not over. Five minutes from time, Coxhoe’s Billy Snaith was also sent off.
Boldon CA enjoyed a 4-0 romp against Kirkbymoorside, thanks to doubles from Adam Sharp and Kevin Davidson, while Ben Cooper and Scott Baxter netted in vain as Harton and Westoe were pipped 3-2 by Wolviston.
Nathan Burrell and Jake Stafford (penalty) almost earned Prudhoe Town a surprise win voer second-top Richmond Town, who rescued a 2-2 draw with Lee White’s late, late leveller.