RYHOPE CW still lead the Wearside League – but only on goals difference from Redcar Athletic, writes MALCOLM PRATT.
Martin Swales’ side, who had conceded only five points in their previous 16 games, could only share the spoils with fifth-placed Jarrow.
The Wearsiders went ahead as John Butler fired a 55th-minute penalty past goalkeeper Mark English before Jarrow equalised, also from the spot.
Mark Brocklehurst beat keeper Neil Atkinson to set up a tense final 20 minutes, but neither side managed to claim an equaliser.
Redcar Town were also involved in a top-six clash at Darlington Cleveland Bridge. Regular marksman James Kesterton bagged a brace before Michael Richardson threw the home side a lifeline, but the Seasiders held on for three crucial points.
Sunderland West End won a seven-goal thriller at Boldon CA.
Michael Wright gave the South Tynesiders an interval lead, but West End then went 3-1 up through Brad Freeman, Johnny Clements and Jamie Fryett.
James Donnelly cut the deficit, but the Wearsiders restored a two-goal cushion courtesy of Michael Watson.
There was still time for Shaun Reay to strike Boldon’s third goal and in a tense finale, West End just held on.
Ashbrooke Belford House fielded a severely depleted line-up against third-placed Willington at Hall Lane and despite a battling performance, they went down to an only goal by Michael Yorke.
Peterlee Town pressed relentlessly at home to Stockton Town, whose goal had a charmed life.
The only goal came at the other end as Kallum Hannah beat goalkeeper Russell Blenkinsop from the edge of the penalty area.