RYHOPE CW reached the final of the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup with victory over Redcar Athletic in the match of the day on Saturday.
Following a poor start to the season, Redcar’s form has been impressive and the Wearsiders knew they faced a difficult challenge.
But they rose to the occasion and goals by John Butler (pen) and Jamie Lee (og) saw them home after Richie Playforth had given the home side the lead.
Martin Swales’ side will meet Kirkbymoorside, surprise winners over New Marske, who have led the table for most of the season.
The Seasiders were rocked, however, when Ryan Rivis and Robert McDermott struck and it was not until the 87th minute that Sean Mackin replied.
Easington Colliery moved into pole position, although they could only share the points in a six-goal thriller with Darlington Cleveland Bridge.
Fortunes ebbed and flowed all afternoon with Danny McLachlan, Michael Carter (pen) and Christian Holliday on target for the Bridge, with Barry Turton (2) and Chris Tarn responding.
Ashbrooke Belford House remain fourth behind New Marske and Ryhope CW, despite losing for the second time in a week.
Michael Weston (2), Adam Blenkinsopp and Danny Lee were Willington’s match-winners, with Lee Andrews and David Baxter on the mark for the Wearsiders.
Prudhoe Town had not won in 19 games, but finally celebrated against Houghton Town. Richard Bissessur and Michael Pooley were the marksmen.
Jarrow defeated Annfield Plain in an amazing game at Perth Green. The hosts looked home and dry when they led by five goals at the interval thanks to Peter Kane (2), Paul Turrell (2) and Christie Elliott.
Plain’s fightback started immediately following the interval and they clawed their way back to 5-4 with strikes from Roy Gordon, Dominic Elliott, Dean Lee and Lee Kirkbride.
Indeed, the scores would have been level had Elliott not failed with a penalty.
All the pressure was on Jarrow and it was only relieved when Liam Clark scored to make the final tally 6-4.
Boldon CA crashed 4-0 at Wolviston, whose hero was Kallum Hannah with a hat-trick. Paul Vickers was their other marksman.
An only goal by Gavin Wilcox after 10 minutes was sufficient for Stockton Town, who won a poor game at Hartlepool.