Wearside League: West End’s majestic form proves too much for Northern League Birtley

Sunderland West End (red/white) go close against Birtley Town  on Saturday. Picture by Kevin Brady
Sunderland West End (red/white) go close against Birtley Town on Saturday. Picture by Kevin Brady
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Leaders Sunderland West End saw off Birtley Town from the Ebac Northern League Second Division in the preliminary round of the Durham Challenge Cup.

George McCain, Mark Catcheside and Keiron Martin had Anth Nelson’s side comfortably ahead at Ford Quarry, and they were never troubled by Birtley, for whom Matthew Soulsby converted a late penalty.

Jarrow, though, were well beaten by Northern League First Division stalwarts Dunston UTS, who romped to a 7-1 victory at Perth Green courtesy of Malcolm Morien (3), Liam Thear (2), Michael Pearson and Matthew Briggs. Captain Peter Kane was Jarrow’s only marksman.

Annfield Plain were hit with a 6-0 defeat in an all-Wearside League tie at Stockton Town as the goals flowed from Kallum Hannah (2), Chris Stockton, Tom Coulthard, Tony Johnson and Adam Nicholson.

Pointless bottom club Murton were hit with an eight-goal blast in the league – but visitors Redcar Athletic admitted that they were greatly flattered by the scoreline.

Official Andrew McElvaney said: “It could have been 4-4 at half time and we only scored our last four goals in the final 12 minutes.

“I know they haven’t managed a point yet, but they are not that bad and no way did they deserve to lose 8-1.”

Adam Preston rifled five goals, with Andy Jennings (2) and Sam Webster also beating Murton goalkeeper Bailey Hagan. The only home reply was credited to Joe Taboun when they trailed 4-0.

Seaham Red Star Reserves won for only the second time in 11 games when they came from behind to defeat Prudhoe Town 3-2.

Jack Wanless was an early scorer for Prudhoe, but Red Star roared back with strikes from Jamie Davis, Kyle Morris and Marc Ruddick.

Just before the end, Tommy Wanless claimed a second for Prudhoe. The win lifts Red Star out of the bottom three.

Ashbrooke Belford House were surprisingly thumped 4-0 by Harton and Westoe CW at Silksworth.

The hosts never got their act together after leaking two goals in the first 11 minutes to Chris Smith and Tom Golledge. Before the interval, Golledge struck again and, in the second half, completed his hat-trick.

Belford will look to make amends when Annfield Plain visit on Wednesday night.

Horden CW went down 1-0 at Richmond Town, whose 65th-minute matchwinner was Liam Darville. Ten minutes later, the Colliers had Paul Moss sent off.

Boldon CA won 4-1 at Leam Rangers, for whom Craig Williams netted. Aaron Williams, Shaun Graham, Josh Houghton and James Pickering gave Boldon the edge.

Leam lost goalkeeper Dale Connor with an ankle injury after only 15 minutes and manager Peter Bryson took over.

Spennymoor Town Reserves trailed at Hartlepool, for whom Mattie Kelsey (2) and Jake Larkin beat goalkeeper Barry Poskett before James Leeds grabbed a consolation in a 3-1 defeat.

Wolviston made progress in the Shipowners’ Cup, defeating a young Whitehaven side 3-0 thanks to strikes from Ryan Hebb, Anthony McCardle and Ady Blackburn.