Wearside League: Sunderland West End roar back in style to sink Darlington after early two-goal deficit

Sunderland West End take on Darlington 1883 Reserves in Saturday's 4-2 Wearside League win. Picture by Tim Richardson
Sunderland West End take on Darlington 1883 Reserves in Saturday's 4-2 Wearside League win. Picture by Tim Richardson
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Sunderland West End came back impressively from two goals dow#n to win 4-2 at home to Darlington 1883 Reserves.

The Darlo side raced into a 2-0 lead after just six minutes, with Hayden Pace bagging both goals.

Josh Winthrop rallied West End, pulling a goal back after 31 minutes. Nine minutes later, Mark Catcheside equalised to transform the game.

Rob Moncur headed against the post as Darlington threatened to regain their lead, but instead the Ford Quarry outfit took command in the closing stages to secure all three points.

Layton Chapman gave the home side the lead for the first time after 80 minutes and Matty Halliday made the game safe with the hosts’ fourth, in the 89th minute.

The victory, their seventh of the season in the league, lifted West End up to 11th place, delighting bosses Barry Cook and Anthony Nelson.

Silksworth CW remain fourth in the table after their 3-0 win at home to Seaham Red Star Reserves.

A 12th-minute corner from Rob Hall was headed home by Dean Randall past keeper Aiden Vout, to give the home side the lead.

Midway through the second half, Paul Muir doubled Silksworth’s lead, when firing home from 18 yards.

It was 3-0 when David Stevens scored an excellent individual goal.

Ashbrooke Belford House suffered a day to forget as they were smashed 10-0 away at Richmond Town, who sit third, only ahead of Silksworth on goal difference.

Richmond were too strong from the off, and they were four goals ahead by half-time.

Scott Ryan stole the show with a four-goal salvo, while Stephen Butterworth (2), Jason Newall, Simon Pinkney, Colin Anderson and Ben Darville added to the Wearsiders’ woes.

Ashbrooke Belford dropped to 16th place with the drubbing, and they will be desperate to get back on track when they welcome Sunderland West End to Silksworth on Wednesday night (7.30pm kick-off)

Coxhoe Athletic travelled to Prudhoe Town and were well beaten, going down 3-0.

Derek Waters opened the scoring from the penalty spot after a handling offence in the box and Sam Mannion volleyed home superbly to double Prudhoe’s advantage on 41 minutes.

The scoring was complete after 58 minutes, when Steven Foster received a through ball from Michael Rankin and Foster turned and finished well past keeper David Atkinson, the Coxhoe man of the match.

South Shields Reserves and Boldon CA fought out a goalless draw in their close-fought derby, with Gary Crutwell the Mariners’ top perfomer.
Leaders Jarrow maintained their title push by beating Stokesley SC 3-1 for their 15th win in 18 matches.

Jonny Hirst maintained his impressive scoring run, making the breakthrough with a spectacular effort from 25 yards, with Jarrow deservedly in front at the interval.

They improved in the second period, though, and doubled their advantage, thanks to Kris Allen’s goal.

Stokesley’s Callum Wilson pulled a goal back, but Allen restored the two-goal margin as Jarrow saw out the win.

They next meet Annfield Plain at home on Wednesday.

Hartlepool moved up to seventh place, following a 4-2 win over visitors Windscale.

However, they had to fight hard after going down 2-0 in the first 10 minutes, when a brace from Darren Donald put the Cumbrians in control.

It was not until the 41st minute that Pool came into the match, when Matty Gardner scored with a low shot. He then equalised right on half-time, with another shot past Ryan Byrne.

Pool sealed victory early in the second period. Andy Blackburn slotted home after 48 minutes and, just four minutes later, Jonny Murray broke clear to make it 4-2.

Annfield Plain– twice in front – surprised high-flying Redcar Athletic by securing a hard-earned 2-2 draw at Derwent Park.

Kai Hewitson and an own goal rocked the Teessiders, whose marksmen were Anthony Jones and Luke Woodall.

Leam Rangers edged home 2-1 against bottom club Harton & Westoe, who host fellow strugglers Windscale on Wednesday night.

In the only cup tie to be played, Cleator Moor Celtic defeated Wolviston 2-0 to progress to the second round of the Monkwearmouth Cup.

Stuart Shaw and Jay Wetherill did the damage for the Cumbrian club,