AN eight-goal blast against Kirkbymoorside was more than enough for Ryhope CW to clinch the Wearside League championship in some style.
Martin Swales’ side went into the game needing just one point and quickly made their intentions known.
An early goal from top scorer John Butler set them on their way and it was all over by the interval, at which stage Ryhope led by further strikes from Clayton Davis, Martin Metcalfe and Butler again.
There was no respite for the Yorkshiremen in the second period either. The home side went nap through Nathan O’Neil and after a defender clipped the ball into his own net, Martin Metcalfe made it seven.
The best goal of the eight was reserved for the last one. O’Neil produced a terrific drive from outside the penalty area which flashed into the net.
With one game to play against Boldon CA on Wednesday night, Ryhope are two points ahead of Redcar Athletic, who have completed their season.
Butler, meanwhile, will be hoping to score at least once and win the Wearside League golden boot for a second consecutive season.
Redcar Athletic’s James Kesterton and Butler each have 40 goals, while in all games, Butler has struck on 53 occasions.
Today, Ryhope are again at home to Boldon CA in the final of the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup (kick-off 1.30pm) and on Saturday visit Stockton Town for the final of the Wearside League Cup.
Ashbrooke Belford House continued their late season rally with victory over Stockton Town who are now in danger of being overtaken by Sunderland West End for third place.
Stephen Lewis headed past goalkeeper Tim Witherspoon on 20 minutes, but immediately before the interval, Stephen Richards equalised for Stockton.
With 20 minutes remaining, Michael Melmoe delivered an exquisite chip to earn the three points for Ashbrooke who, with two games to play, could finish mid-table.
Redcar Athletic signed off with victory at Jarrow, where they twice came from behind.
Peter Kane headed the South Tynesiders in front and following Stuart Poulter’s equaliser, Jarrow again went ahead courtesy of Andrew Wilkinson.
James Kesterton restored parity on the hour mark and with 15 minutes remaining, Richie Playforth took advantage of a defensive lapse and claimed the winner for Redcar.