Belford in running for a finish in the top six

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ASHBROOKE Belford House have a very good chance of finishing in the Wearside League’s top six, especially after yesterday’s 3-2 win over fourth-top Cleator Moor Celtic.

The Wearsiders went ahead with only two minutes on the clock. They were awarded a free-kick outside the penalty area which Mark Green drove with such power and accuracy that home goalkeeper Craig Devine could only watch as the ball crashed into the net.

Cleator levelled on 24 minutes as Craig Corkhill fired home following a corner and in the 70th minute, Ashbrooke went behind. A good move involving Callum Birdsall and Leigh Dunn opened up the opportunity for Adam Telford to score his first goal of the season.

Within five minutes, however, Tommy Dobbing’s side was level. Stephen Callan weaved one way then the other to bamboozle the home defence before giving Devine no chance with a tremendous shot.

Ashbrooke then claimed all three points with a last-gasp winner from Green, who crashed the ball into the net from a corner.

There was an eight-goal feast at Easington Colliery where third-placed Richmond Town came out on top.

The Colliers were never ahead but it wasn’t until the last couple of minutes that they conceded victory.

Callum Holbrook fired the visitors ahead and after Kevin Getting restored parity, Lee White and Scott Ryan had Richmond 3-1 up.

Jack Honour and Getting struck within the space of two minutes to level the scores but on 89 minutes Ryan restored the advantage to Richmond and in the last minute Tom Keegan made certain of the points for the visitors.

Easington have dropped into the bottom three as a result of their defeat and Coxhoe Athletic’s surprising 3-2 victory at Redcar Athletic.

Paul Orton scored at the second attempt for the visitors but Redcar hit back to take the lead courtesy of Andrew Bell and Jamie Lee.

Right on the stroke of half-time Kyle Wren scored what could win the goal-of-the-season award.

A corner was cleared to outside the penalty area and Wren produced an overhead kick that gave goalkeeper James Fleming no chance.

Midway through the second half Neil Charlton followed the ball into the net after Fleming had blocked a shot and his goal proved to be sufficient for Coxhoe who are now fifth-from-bottom.

Prudhoe Town won the Tyne and Wear LGV Monkwearmouth Charity Cup when they defeated Darlington Cleveland Bridge at Kimberley Park with goals by Lee Best and Matthew Soulsby after Neville Fuller had given the Bridge an early lead.