Easington Colliery’ double dream dies with cup defeat

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EASINGTON Colliery’s dreams of completing the double ended when New Marske reached the semi finals of the Wearside League Cup with a narrow victory over their close rivals.

The Colliers, who enjoy a nine-point league lead over New Marske, went in front with a Paul Elliott header, but before the interval an own goal from James Donnelly levelled the scores.

There was little to choose between the sides, but with time running out it was the Seasiders who celebrated as Shaun Mackin beat goalkeeper Joe Atherton from close range.

Jarrow moved into the quarter finals in a thrilling contest at Cleator Moor Celtic, who twice led through Robbie Fowler and Darren Johnson.

Dean Patton converted two penalties and Paul Terrell was also on target as the South Tynesiders edged a 3-2 victory.

Ryhope CW are back into second place, equal on points with New Marske, who have dropped down to third.

The Wearsiders won the crucial top four battle at Windscale with ease, after establishing a two-goal lead inside five minutes thanks to Martin Metcalfe and Richard Jordan.

Late in the game, substitute Johnson completed a comprehensive victory.

Ryhope are nine points adrift of leaders Easington, having played the same number of games.

At the other end of the table, Silksworth won for only the fifth time when they defeated Willington with strikes from David McKinlay, Anthony Rogerson and an 86th-minute winner from Richard Maughan.

Willington had twice levelled through Jonathan Staff and Paul Thornes.

Houghton Town led courtesy of Ben Maddison, but top-six side Darlington Cleveland Bridge emerged victors at Leyburn Grove with a brace of goals from Nick Petch.

Indy Singh was an early scorer for Coxhoe Athletic, but they too suffered defeat by the odd goal as Kyle Anderson and Stephen Chapman replied for Hartlepool.

It was a similar picture at Stockton Town, who racked up a sixth consecutive victory, also by a 2-1 margin. Gavin Simcox and David Johnson were their scorers before Costello raised Prudhoe Town’s hopes.

Kenny Taylor and Peter Benson (pen) led fifth-placed Ashbrooke Belford House to victory at Boldon CA, while Shaun Gregory (og) and Scott Wallace were Annfield Plain’s match-winners against Wolviston.

Redcar Athletic went down to Kirkbymoorside, for whom Alex Strickland and Rob McDirmid netted in the opening half.