ASHBROOKE Belford House moved into the Wearside League’s top six with a 2-0 victory over neighbours Sunderland West End at Silksworth last night.
Tommy Dobbing’s side went ahead on 19 minutes with Paul Grainger volleying past goalkeeper Neil Bussey, who was beaten again eight minutes later by Paul Callan.
Richmond Town moved back into second place, 10 points behind Willington with two games in hand, but they had to settle for just one point in a goalless draw at fourth-top Jarrow.
Hartlepool have struggled recently and are now in the bottom half of the table following a crushing 5-0 defeat at home to Redcar Athletic, whose marksmen were Richie Playforth (2), Adam Preston (2) and Andy Bell.
Annfield Plain extended their lead over bottom side Silksworth Rangers to eight points with a 1-1 draw against Gateshead Leam Rangers.
Ross Walker fired the Tynesiders into an interval lead but Plain deservedly levelled through Ross Nicholson.
Boldon CA crashed to a 5-1 defeat at Prudhoe Town who are beginning to replicate the form which has carried them into two cup finals.
It wasn’t until the last five minutes, though, that the West Tyne side made certain of all three points.
Kai Hewitson was an early scorer before Adam Sharp hit the best goal of the night, a 25-yard drive into the top corner of the net which gave goalkeeper Mark Fish no chance.
Kevin Dixon made it 2-1 in Prudhoe’s favour on 47 minutes but Boldon were always in with a chance until they conceded three late goals to Jak Mitchell (2) and Lee Best.
Harton and Westoe twice led but in the end only managed a point at Darlington Cleveland Bridge. Shaun Edwards was a second-minute scorer but three minutes later Michael Carter equalised.
Before the break, Shaun Flood restored the advantage to Harton but three minutes into the second period Harton goalkeeper Kevin Garrick conceded an own goal.