RYHOPE CW maintained second place in the Ebac Northern League Second Division despite being held to a draw at Heaton Stannington last night.
Ben Taylor fired the home side in front on 44 minutes, but, immediately after the restart, Daryl Evans equalised for Gary Pearson’s side.
Andy Appleby then put Ryhope ahead for the first time only for Telford to level for the Tynesiders with a cracking shot.
After conceding four goals to Paul Kane (2), James Talbot and David Molloy, Brandon United mounted a tremendous, late rally which was rewarded with strikes from Craig Roberts (2) and George McCain, but a late fifth goal by Talbot sealed a 5-3 victory for South Shields.
Esh Winning eased their position near the bottom of table with a crucial 2-1 win over Stokesley SC. Karl Turner was on target for Esh and after Ben Bonner restored parity, Anthony Phillipson hit the winner. Esh were grateful to goalkeeper Dean Caris, who saved a penalty.
In Division One, Shildon moved to within a point of leaders Dunston UTS with a narrow 3-2 win over North Shields. Chris Emms bagged a brace and Billy Greulich-Smith also netted, with Denver Morris twice on target for the Robins, who lost their unbeaten record.
Marske United, 2-0 winners at Newton Aycliffe thanks to Reece Kelly and a William Jones own goal, are third and Bishop Auckland jumped into fifth place when they made it five wins out of six, 3-1 at West Allotment Celtic.
Michael Bell claimed a last-minute consolation for the Tynesiders after Bishops had gone three goals up through Danny Brunskill, John Butler and Ben Riding.
Consett remain unbeaten after seeing off a strong challenge from Penrith in Cumbria. Michael Mackay, Matthew Slocombe, Steve Bowey and Luke Sullivan were on the mark for the Steelmen in a 4-2 success, with Ryan Hall and Matthew Reed replying.
Paul Gardiner was Jarrow Roofing’s only scorer at Guisborough Town, who managed four from Anthony Hume, Adam Gell, Nathan Mulligan and Danny Earl.
H Darlington 1883 were held to a 1-1 draw by visitors Farsley in the EvoStik League Division One North, with Terry Galbraith on target in front of a crowd of 871.