RYHOPE CW completed their Wearside League campaign with a 2-1 victory at Annfield Plain last night.
The Wearsiders, who will play in the Ebac Northern League Second Division next season, went two goals up in the first half through Callum Charlton and a Martin Metcalfe penalty.
The home side set up an exciting finale with Scott Heslop’s strike, but, despite enjoying a lot of possession in the last 20 minutes, they were unable to find an equaliser.
Easington Colliery enjoyed a seven-goal romp at home to Coxhoe Athletic, who, despite losing for the 25th time in 37 games, still have a chance to avoid the wooden spoon.
There was no stopping the Colliers as the goals flowed from Michael Pattison, who plundered a hat-trick, captain Luke Page (2), David Paul and David Laight.
On a night when goals were in abundance, Horden CW suffered a 7-0 rout at Cleator Moor Celtic, who had the points wrapped up by half time.
Prolific scorer Leigh Dunn added a hat-trick to his impressive tally for the Cumbrians and Stuart Shaw and Craig Scott also beat goalkeeper Ethan Anderson before the break.
Shaw made it six on 48 minutes with an absolute screamer from 25 yards when Anderson was a mere spectator. At this stage, a double-figure win was on the cards, but, to their credit, Horden worked hard and it was not until 10 minutes from the end that they conceded again, when Adam Megan struck.
Prudhoe Town were hit for six at Richmond Town, whose marksmen were Chris Pattison (2), Adam Emson (2), Scott Ryan and Wayne Thwaites.
Redcar Athletic made certain of finishing third behind champions Stockton Town and runners-up Ryhope CW when they coasted to a 4-0 victory at home to Wolviston. James Smuk, Richie Playforth (2) and James Swann netted, while home keeper Matthew Berry did not have to make a save.