Stockton joy at Silksworth

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SILKSWORTH Rangers were hit for six by Wearside League championship challengers Stockton Town last night, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

The visiting Teessiders, two up in just eight minutes, extended their lead at the top of the table to four points.

Tom Atkinson’s brilliant solo effort – he went past several defenders before leaving goalkeeper Adam Don helpless – made a third-minute breakthrough, and Atkinson soon doubled the lead from the penalty spot.

It was 3-0 on 17 minutes as Daniel Lawson sent in an unstoppable 25-yarder before Atkinson completed his hat-trick right on half-time, with another fine individual effort.

Stephen Roberts slotted home a classy fifth and Shaun Kell made it six before debutant Tom Leuenberger netted Silksworth’s consolation.

Sunderland West End were denied victory when Hartlepool equalised with just a minute remaining.

The Wearsiders led from the 35th minute when David Keithley broke clear and fired past Bailey Hagan.

It appeared his strike would be sufficient, but, in the 89th minute, Aaron Hopper levelled with a 20-yard screamer which rocketed past keeper Neil Bussey.

Promotion hopefuls Willington lost for the second time in five days, Billy Millington netting for visitors Redcar Athletic.

Liam Cook netted for Leam Rangers, who lost 2-1 at Darlington Cleveland Bridge, who had Darren Pearson and sub Ryan Leslie, in the last minute, on target.