Dean ensures Silksworth joy

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SILKSWORTH Rangers celebrated a rare win last night, but they still have much to do if they are to avoid the Wearside League wooden spoon.

In-form Prudhoe Town, who have reached two of the three domestic cup finals, arrived on Wearside as favourites, but Rangers clinched all three points with a 48th-minute goal by captain Dean Hannah, who curled a corner kick straight into the net past goalkeeper Mark Fish.

Despite their win, Silksworth still trail second-bottom Annfield Plain by seven points. The Derwent Park side went down to Redcar Athletic, for whom Richie Playforth produced a tremendous drive on 17 minutes, which gave visiting goalkeeper Grant Scott no chance.

Plain suffered a double blow in the 67th minute. Scott Heslop handled to prevent a goal and was red-carded and, from the resultant penalty, Roy Hunter doubled the Seasiders’ lead.

Easington Colliery took championship contenders Stockton Town to the wire before losing by the odd goal in three.

The Colliers led for more than an hour with Jack Honour’s 15th-minute header, but they succumbed as Michael Arthur levelled on 77 minutes and Tom Coulthard netted the winner 10 minutes from time.

Another of the title contestants, Richmond Town, had an easier task at home to fourth-top Sunderland West End.

Mark Simms buried a shot into the bottom corner of the net on 22 minutes and in the 68th minute captain Jason Newall volleyed past West End goalkeeper Warren Cassop.

With 10 minutes left, third-top Richmond made it three as Shaun Radford pounced from close range to complete the scoring at 3-0.

Third-bottom Coxhoe Athletic came from behind to edge Leam Rangers, for whom Nikki Langston was an early marksman.

Kyle Scott levelled when he found the net from the corner flag and, on the stroke of half-time, Vinny Gash, later to miss a penalty, struck Coxhoe’s winner.

Despite leading at one stage, Wolviston lost out to Cleator Moor Celtic whose matchwinners were Craig Corkhill, Bradley Rooney and Craig Scott. Ian Danby and Mattie Petts netted for the hosts.