SUNDERLAND West End are fourth top in the Wearside League following a dramatic stoppage-time victory at Peterlee Town, who twice levelled in a dramatic clash last night.
West End’s David Keithley volleyed into the roof of the net on 12 minutes and six minutes later Callum Mordey levelled, finishing at the back post following a free-kick.
With only a minute of the first half remaining, Chris Curtis restored the visitors’ advantage with a terrific drive from 25 yards which sailed into the top corner, but there was still time before the whistle for Brett Gillatt to slot home for the Newtowners.
It looked as if honours would end even, but, in the fourth minute of stoppage time, Keithley was brought down and he took the penalty, driving past goalkeeper Neil Bussey.
Time is running out for Silksworth Rangers if they are to avoid the wooden spoon.
They trail Annfield Plain by eight points following their 3-0 defeat at Easington Colliery, who claimed back-to-back wins to ease their position near the foot of the table.
Jack Honour, nephew of former Hartlepool star Brian, delivered a clinical left-foot finish on 49 minutes, but it wasn’t until the 79th minute that Kieran Gething doubled the Colliers’ lead. In the last minute, Paul Muir converted a penalty, awarded for a handling offence. Easington are now fourth from the basement, 15 points ahead of Silksworth.
Willington remain 10 points clear at the top after they withstood a fighting comeback from Leam Rangers before emerging 3-1 away victors.
Jason White and Adam Pinkney (penalty) struck within the first 28 minutes before Kane Wheatley threaded the ball past visiting goalkeeper David Moffat to cut the deficit.
From then on, the outcome was wide open, but Willington scored the third crucial goal with White again beating keeper Jordan Boldon.
Stockton Town, who crushed Annfield Plain 6-0, edged into second place and have two games in hand and a superior goal difference over Willington.
Richmond Town slipped back to third when they were surprisingly held 1-1 at Wolviston.
Prudhoe Town, in with a chance of a top-six finish, beat Darlington Cleveland Bridge 3-0, thanks to Michael Calvert, Kevin Moreland and Nathan Burrell.
Stephen Telford’s 70th-minute tap-in, from Shaun Edwards’ pull back, proved sufficient for Harton and Westoe CW to beat Coxhoe Athletic 1-0.