Silksworth four show stuns Belford

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SILKSWORTH Rangers’ form has improved in recent weeks and last night they recorded their biggest win of the Wearside League season when they crushed neighbours Ashbrooke Belford House 4-0, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

Centre-half Neil Jones headed past Belford keeper Brett Wilson from Dean Hannah’s 25th-minute corner, and 10 minutes later John Turvey was left with a simple tap-in to double the lead.

Tommy Dobbing’s Ashbrooke side suffered a double blow on the hour mark. Glen Hargreaves drove in Silksworth’s third goal from 15 yards and visiting captain Kenny Taylor was sent off.

Rangers duly coasted home and managed a fourth goal from Nicky Smith just before the end.

Silksworth, with two games to play, will be wooden spoonists, though. They trail Annfield Plain, who won 2-0 at Coxhoe Athletic thanks to strikes from Dan Dodds and Scott Goldsmith-Scott, by seven points.

At the top, Willington’s lead has been reduced to four points following a 3-0 defeat at Cleator Moor Celtic, only their fourth reverse in 39 games.

The Cumbrians, who defeated Willington 4-0 in the Shipowners’ Cup final, were again top dogs. Josh Charlton and Craig Scott set them on their way, with Bradley Rooney striking a late thitrd.

Stockton, with a game in hand, could yet pip Willington to the title. The Teessiders came from behind to defeat Hartlepool, with late efforts from David Dowd and Tom Coulthard, whose winner was a back-post header.

Richmond Town’s championship aspirations stuttered when they were held 1-1 by Jarrow, who led with Ross Toward’s penalty. Mark Benn netted for Leam Rangers in their 2-1 loss at Seaton Carew, who bagged a 12th win in 14 games.