Silksworth celebrate a rising feeling

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SILKSWORTH Rangers are celebrating after leapfrogging Coxhoe Athletic to climb off the bottom of the Wearside League table.

Chris Crumbie lobbed home from 15 yards after 44 minutes, but Rangers suffered a blow midway through the second half.

Goalkeeper John McLean was forced off injured and replaced by Adam Don who pulled off a magnificent save just before the end of the game to preserve Silksworth’s two-goal lead.

Anton Crann, on the field for less than a minute, was the home side’s second marksman, clinching only their second win of the campaign.

Michael Curtis, brother of Gateshead’s James, was Silksworth’s man of the match.

Ryhope CW, without a fixture, conceded pole position to Redcar Athletic, who were hard-pressed before seeing off a determined challenge from Prudhoe Town.

The West Tyne side had a fourth-minute Chris Winn penalty saved by Scott Allison and Redcar took advantage when James Kesterton converted two spot-kicks.

Despite leading by two goals until the 45th minute, Peterlee Town crashed to a 6-2 defeat at the hands of Jarrow, who moved into fifth place.

The home side looked comfortable when Peter Crawford and David Laight struck, but on the stroke of half-time Peter Kane threw Jarrow a lifeline.

The visitors then produced a storming second-half performance, with hat-trick hero Mark Brocklehurst in superb form.

He was joined on the score sheet by Liam Bailes and Kane, with his second goal of the night.

Darlington Cleveland Bridge and Kirkbymoorside shared the points in a six-goal thriller.

Neil Tarrant, Phil Caley and Neil Jackson, with a last-minute penalty, netted for the Bridge with Carl Richardson (2) and Uyi Ehima replying.