RYHOPE CW, aiming for an immediate return to the Ebac Northern League, were quickly into their stride with last night’s 5-0 blitz of Boldon CA in the Wearside League.
Martin Swales’s side, making a belated start to their season, went ahead after only 10 minutes through Nathan Johnson, but it wasn’t until the 65th minute that James Cook doubled the advantage.
From then on it was all downhill for Boldon, who conceded three late goals to Chris Trewick, Nathan O’Neil and John Butler (penalty). Boldon had Phil Turner sent off and Ryhope’s Johnson also received his marching orders.
Easington Colliery staged a magnificent rally from two down to beat Redcar Athletic 3-2.
James Parkinson was unfortunate to deflect a cross into his own net on 23 minutes and James Swann produced a good finish past the outstanding Kyle Donaldson for 2-0.
For long periods, it looked as though there would only be one winner but, with 17 minutes remaining, Bryan Norton set up Michael Pattison and his finish left Redcar goalkeeper David Peacock helpless.
In an exciting climax, Easington struck twice in the final few minutes. In the 89th minute, Donaldson’s long clearance found Pattison one on one with Peacock and the striker buried a shot into the bottom corner.
Three minutes into added time, Norton robbed a defender and produced a superb finish from 25 yards to clinch a dramatic 3-2 victory.
Horden CW made it two wins out of two, winning 2-1 at Leam Rangers.
Robert Huntley drove in for the Colliers on 37 minutes, but Andy Robinson equalised with a back-post header which gave keeper Stephen Hubery little chance of saving.
Worse was to follow for Horden, who had Michael Cane sent off in the 50th minute after he was shown a second yellow card.
Despite playing the last 40 minutes with 10 men, Horden claimed all three points when James Huntley converted an 85th-minute penalty.
Sunderland West End have also won their first two matches but were helped by hosts Seaton Carew, who had Johnny Bolton sent off after only 10 minutes.
Andy Colledge’s team – and the superb Barry Turton in particular – took full advantage of the numerical difference to romp to a 5-1 victory.
Turton ended with four goals and he could have had a fifth but Callum Hudson saved his spot-kick. Richard Jordan, signed from Ryhope CW, was West End’s other scorer, with Aaron Hopper replying.
Ashbrooke Belford House led through Alan Young and David Christie before succumbing 4-2 to Jarrow, for whom Andrew Wilkinson, Grant Pressling and David Conroy (2) notched.
Coxhoe Athletic fielded a severely weakened side in their 5-0 defeat at Cumbrians Cleator Moor Celtic, while Scott Goldsmith-Scott and Scott Heslop twice had Annfield Plain in front against Richmond Town, who rescued a 2-2 draw.
Stephen Telford bagged both Harton and Westoe consolations in a 5-2 home loss to Hartlepool