ASHBROOKE Belford House have won the Wearside bragging rights over Sunderland West End, writes MALCOLM PRATT.
Tommy Dobbing’s side hit Harton and Westoe CW for six in last night’s final game to end sixth, two points and a couple of places above their neighbours.
Dobbing was given the perfect send-off before his retirement as the goals flowed from Stephen Callan, with a hat-trick, Shaun Smith, Adam Drayton and Mark Green.
After establishing a four-goal lead, Stephen Graham and Shaun Flood, with a direct free-kick, threw Harton a lifeline, but the Wearsiders soon regained the ascendancy.
West End could not prevent Stockton Town from clinching the championship when they suffered a 4-0 defeat on Teesside.
Stephen Roberts headed in David Dowd’s corner for the opener, then Kallum Hannah volleyed home Micky Dunwell’s pass.
Joe Hinchley and Adam Nicholson sealed Stockton’s title with a 34th win in 42 games, pipping Northern League-bound Willington by two points.
Easington Colliery end second-bottom, nine points clear of Silksworth Rangers, after winning 1-0 at Coxhoe Athletic courtesy of Craig Garthwaite, who headed a corner past keeper Anth Lowson.
Richmond Town, with future Northern League ambitions, ended third after a thrilling 4-3 defeat of Cleator Moor, for whom leading scorer Leigh Dunn notched another hat-trick.
Scott Ryan (2), Callum Holbrook and Liam Darville struck for Richmond, the league’s top scorers with 122 goals.
Redcar Athletic finished fifth after beating Kirkbymoorside 5-0.
Peter Kane netted both Jarrow goals in their 2-2 draw at Leam Rangers, for whom Ross Walker and Leon Kane netted.
Annfield Plain’s fixture with Seaton Carew was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch. The clubs will try again to stage the match at Derwent Park tomorrow night.
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