Hodgson strike puts a dent in Richmond’s championship challenge

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SUNDERLAND West End held onto fourth place in the Wearside League and dented the championship hopes of Richmond Town when the sides played out a 1-1 draw on Wearside last night.

The Yorkshiremen were ahead for more than an hour following Gary Shardha’s tremendous 25-yard shot which ripped into the top corner of the net, giving West End goalkeeper Neil Bussey no chance.

With just 12 minutes remaining, the Wearsiders were awarded a corner and when the ball was only partially cleared Callum Hodgson struck past keeper Adam Cunningham.

West End are now only a point ahead of Cleator Moor Celtic, who have three games in hand. The Cumbrians went nap at Coxhoe Athletic who were a shadow of the side which lost by an only goal in the earlier fixture.

Leigh Dunn and Bradley Rooney both bagged a brace with Tom Mahon also on target. Kyle Wren and Stephen Wilson (pen) claimed consolation goals for the hosts.

Annfield Plain remain second bottom ahead of Silksworth Rangers after they lost to Redcar Athletic who are ending the season with a flourish. Shaun Taylor was a first-half marksman and late in the game Richard Playforth also beat Plain goalkeeper Grant Scott.

Prudhoe Town are also finishing strongly and they eased past Boldon CA after taking a two-goals lead courtesy of Andrew Peacock and Nathan Burrell. Although Adam Bell reduced the deficit, Stephen Foster was on target with a third goal for Prudhoe who are now seventh top.

Harton and Westoe romped into a two-goals lead inside 18 minutes at Gateshead Leam Rangers where Stephen Telford and a headed own goal by Andy Hebron were the scorers.

It wasn’t a good night for Hebron who conceded a penalty which Telford converted before the interval and in the second period Sean Flood drove home from inside the penalty area.

Darlington Cleveland Bridge also scored four times at Kirkbymoorside who went ahead with the best goal of the night, an excellent lob from 35 yards by Sarjo Cham.

The hosts were ahead for most of the first half but once Daniel McLachlan levelled they wilted, and in the second period Bridge had strikes from Darren Kokes, McLachlan and Michael Carter.