HOLDERS Ryhope CW made it through to the final of the Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup – but only after a nerve-jangling tie against Annfield Plain.
There was an early blow for the Wearsiders when Mark Catcheside was red-carded in the 15th minute and the visitors quickly made the advantage count.
With only 15 minutes remaining, 10-man Ryhope were trailing to a brace of goals from Kai Hewitson.
However, John Butler drove home and in the 89th minute Paul Taylor grabbed a dramatic equaliser.
The tie went into extra-time and Butler drove in the winner on 100 minutes.
Peterlee Town’s hopes of causing an upset at Redcar Athletic quickly evaporated as Richie Playforth (2) and Greg Boughen had the Seasiders three goals ahead by the 27th minute.
Philip Hickman threw the visitors a lifeline with his penalty on 57 minutes, but Redcar comfortably held their two-goal cushion to meet Ryhope in the cup final.
There was further good news for Ryhope CW when chasing sides Jarrow and Willington failed to significantly narrow the gap at the top of the table.
Jarrow were held to a goalless draw by Wolviston and stay fourth, while Willington stay fifth after they too shared the points against Prudhoe Town.
Paul Bayles and Michael Weston struck, but a minute after the break, Prudhoe’s Chris Winn was on target. The hosts made it 3-1 courtesy of Weston, but Andrew Clarkson and Winn levelled it.
Coxhoe Athletic are bottom after losing to a Liam Barnett goal for Gateshead Leam Rangers.
Silksworth Rangers are just two points better off following their defeat at home to Hartlepool, who scored through Billy Thomas and Danny Corbett.
Boldon CA easily saw off the challenge from Kirkbymoorside thanks to Mark Williams, David Hopper and Chris Robertson.
Ashbrooke Belford House’s fixture at Darlington Cleveland Bridge was called off and Sunderland West End’s long trip to Cleator Moor Celtic was postponed.