Belford battle their way to cup semi-final

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ASHBROOKE Belford House will have home advantage over Ryhope CW in their local derby semi-final clash in the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup.

Their much-delayed quarter final tie with Cleator Moor Celtic finally went ahead on Saturday and Ashbrooke came from behind to secure a fully-deserved 3-1 victory.

There was an early scare for Tommy Dobbing’s side when Celtic were awarded a penalty, but goalkeeper Brett Wilson came to the rescue, saving the spot-kick.

The Cumbrians were quickly back, however, to take a 20th-minute lead as Brian Hall drove into the bottom corner of the net.

It was not until the second half that Ashbrooke found their feet and two goals in five minutes set them on the road to victory.

Lee Andrews headed past goalkeeper Craig Devine after an hour and soon afterwards he converted a penalty.

Any hopes Celtic harboured of taking the tie into extra time ended in the 80th minute when Michael Charlton scored the third crucial goal for Ashbrooke.

Silksworth Rangers’ penultimate game of the season produced seven goals – five of them for Peterlee Town.

Daly Clark was an early scorer for the home side, who then went two goals up through David Laight.

Silksworth hit back before the interval with Anton Crann reducing the deficit and immediately on resuming, Stephen Jones levelled.

From then on, however, Peterlee took control.

Peter Crawford was on target after an hour and soon afterwards, Stephen Langton scored the best goal of the seven.

A great 40-yard crossfield pass from Liam Frame found Langton, who beat his defender before sending in a rasping shot which gave goalkeeper Adam Don no chance.

Just before the end, Peterlee went nap when substitute Anthony Rogerson applied the final touch after being set free by Laight.

Sunderland West End maintained their hopes of a top-six finish with victory over Prudhoe Town.

Michael Wharton broke the deadlock after an hour with a fine solo effort and 10 minutes later, David Keighley also beat Prudhoe goalkeeper Mark Fish.

Leaders Ryhope CW and second-top Redcar Athletic were inactive and Stockton Town closed in on the pair when they came from behind to defeat Gateshead Leam Rangers.

There was a double blow for the Teessiders in the 52nd minute. Gavin Simcox was shown a straight red card and from the resulting free kick Andrew Robson fired the Tynesiders in front.

Tom Hinchley levelled and further strikes from Chris Stockton and Tony Johnson earned the points for Stockton, who finished with nine men with the dismissal of Johnson in the 89th minute.

Willington stay fourth, despite losing by the only goal to Boldon CA, for whom Michael Meek netted after just four minutes.

Jarrow remain fifth and despite twice leading, they had to settle for a share of the points at Annfield Plain, for whom Aaron Wilkinson and Craig Cowell replied to Paul Trosh and Ryan Burton.

Bottom-of-the-table Coxhoe Athletic trailed at Wolviston, whose marksmen were Karl Barry and Martyn Woodhouse.

Daniel Petts threw the visitors a lifeline and in the last minute Daniel Beaney grabbed the equaliser.

It was not until the 93rd minute that Darlington Cleveland Bridge’s Christian Holliday scored their only goal against Hartlepool.