RYHOPE CW played with 10 men for almost the entire Wearside League game at Prudhoe Town last night but still emerged 3-0 winners.
Goalkeeper Ryan Graham was sent off after a foul in the fifth minutes and James Dunn took over between the sticks. His first task was to save the resultant penalty, taken by Stephen Foster.
No doubt inspired by Foster’s heroics, Ryhope went ahead when Lee Owens was through on goal and fired past keeper Ross Thomas.
Early in the second period, Jack Pounder doubled the lead and, five minutes from the end, he was again on target to confirm a 3-0 win for the second-top side.
The Wearsiders are now three points behind leaders Stockton Town, who have a game in hand.
Easington Colliery were down to the bare bones but were still good enough to defeat hosts Richmond Town 5-3 in a thrilling encounter.
Scott Ryan gave the Yorkshiremen an interval lead before seven goals flowed in the second period.
Nathan Doyle restored parity from the spot and, after Michael Patterson raced clear to beat goalkeeper Stephen Walker for 2-1, David Paul drove in the Colliers’ third goal.
It was nip and tuck and after Ryan reduced Richmond’s deficit with a far-post effort, Adam Emson levelled to set up an interesting final 20 minutes.
Easington finished strongly, though, with Patterson and Paul both on target in a 5-3 victory.
After trailing at the interval to Scott Heslop’s strike, Sunderland West End went ahead through strikes from Barry Turton and Brad Foster at Annfield Plain, for whom Ross Nicholson claimed a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw.
Hartlepool’s shock 5-0 victory over Wolviston at Metcalfe Park lifted them off the bottom of the table.
Kevin Price was an early marksman and Wolviston quickly suffered a double blow with the dismissal of captain Lee Butterworth.
Shaun Ross converted a penalty before the break and, in the second half, Pool roared to victory with strikes by Danny Maughan and Nathan Graham (2).
Pool are now equal on points with Coxhoe Athletic, who slipped to the basement because of their inferior goals difference. Coxhoe, though, have two games in hand on their rivals.
Redcar Athletic beat Cleator Moor 1-0 in a game delayed for 20 minutes following a collapse by home defender Jamie Lee, who was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Sam Webster’s fine strike from an acute angle a minute from the end secured all three points for the Teessiders.