SILKSWORTH CW’s Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup ambitions are on hold for another season.
It’s 60 years since they last lifted the trophy and their hopes of replicating the feat were quickly shattered by irrepressible Stockton Town on Saturday.
The Teessiders arrived on Wearside boasting a 100 per cent record and it was soon obvious that the Colliers wouldn’t end the sequence.
They were a goal behind after just three minutes when Kallum Hannah followed a rebound into the net and by the 37th minute he had completed a hat-trick. Sandwiched in between his last two goals was one by James Ward.
Colliers’ manager Scott Cameron made changes during the interval but there was no respite during the second half either as Tony Johnson and Matthew Garbutt rounded off an emphatic 6-0 defeat.
In contrast, an only goal by top marksman Barry Turton with 10 minutes remaining was sufficient for Sunderland West End in their tie with Cleator Moor Celtic.
There was another close result when Richmond Town edged Jarrow in the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup. Adam Empson struck a 20-yard volley before a minute was on the clock.
In the League, Easington Colliery missed the opportunity to overtake Stockton Town and move into pole position when they went down at Seaton Carew whose marksmen were Neil Fannen, Craig Weatherill and Carl Ryan.
After conceding the opening goal on nine minutes, the Colliers led with a David Paul brace until 10 minutes from the end.
Horden CW produced an excellent performance in defeating Spennymoor Town Reserves who have steadily moved up the table in recent weeks.
Mark Brischuk (2) and Andrew Lonsdale fired Keith Brown’s side into a three-goals lead before the hour was up and although David Gibson reduced the deficit, Horden’s strong finish was rewarded with a fourth goal from Daniel Turner.
Ashbrooke Belford House won a seven-goal thriller at Annfield Plain by the odd goal. Stephen Bogie (2), Nathan Burrell and Clarke Stead were on target with Adam Walton, Anthony Telfer and Michael Profit replying for the hosts.
Carl Young and Liam Clarke, with a last-minute strike, earned Boldon CA a point at Wolviston who twice led courtesy of James Rowe and Wayne Brown.
Gateshead Leam Rangers ended Redcar Athletic’s impressive away form.
Nicky Langston’s 16th-minute goal had them ahead for almost an hour before Adam Preston atoned for an earlier penalty miss by netting the equaliser.
After leading with strikes by Mark Bayles (og) and Carl Winspear, Hartlepool were pegged back by Prudhoe Town for whom Stephen Foster and Jonathan Yip replied.