Ryhope CW revel in Wearside league triumph

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RYHOPE CW clinched their first Wearside League title since the 1960s as they drew with the only team capable of pipping them to glory.

A draw was sufficient for the Wearsiders to be crowned champions and for Easington Colliery to gain automatic promotion to the STL Northern League as runners-up.

Greg Swansbury’s header on 55 minutes set Martin Swales’ side on their way and midway through the second period a thunderbolt from Simon Todd levelled the scores.

In the 60s Ryhope finished top four times in five years and for Easington, it is a return to the Northern League for the first time since being relegated in 2005.

Ahead of their game with Coxhoe Athletic, New Marske had a slim chance of pipping Easington for the runners-up position but are now looking over their shoulder as they battle to hang on to third place.

Wooden spoonists Coxhoe produced the shock result of the season when they won 2-1, despite playing 75 minutes with 10 men.

Christian Schofield gave them an early lead, but on 15 minutes Anthony Philipson was sent off for handling on the line and Sam Garvie converted the penalty.

Despite their numerical disadvantage Coxhoe stunned New Marske when Peter Bulmer fired in on 50 minutes for what proved to be the winning goal.

Houghton Town end second bottom after being overtaken by Prudhoe Town, who in their final game claimed a point at Windscale with goals from Scott Arnott and Lee Best. Graeme Goulding and Alan Blair netted for the Cumbrians.

Jarrow beat Kirkbymoorside 4-2 at Perth Green. Peter Kirkham struck two penalties with Andy Wilkinson and Daryl Donnelly also on target. Paul Rivis bagged a brace of goals for the Yorkshiremen.

Jamie Owens (2), Danny Earl, Ryan Hebb and James Brodie-Myers led Wolviston to a five-goal rout of Annfield Plain, while Cleator Moor Celtic snatched a point with an 88th-minute equaliser by Michael Dickinson after Andy Westwood had struck for Stockton Town.