A GOOD performance earned fourth-top Sunderland West End a 2-0 victory over Wearside League championship challengers Willington, who would have moved to the top of the table had they claimed just one point.
But the South Durham side, who had lost just twice in their previous 27 games, found their match on Wearside where West End were worthy winners.
David Keighley gave them a 20th-minute lead, heading in a corner at the far post and seven minutes before the interval Jonny Greener struck with a low shot that went into the net off the post.
Visiting goalkeeper David Moffat kept his side in the game which West End controlled in the opening half. Willington were more positive in the second 45 minutes but never seriously threatened West End goalkeeper Neil Bussey.
Ashbrooke Belford House consolidated seventh place when they defeated Wolviston at Silksworth. Tommy Dobbing’s side conceded the lead on 19 minutes as Dan Petts headed past Brett Wilson but on 36 minutes Dale Wells equalised with an overhead kick.
Two goals in five second-half minutes saw Ashbrooke home. Mark Green gave his side the advantage before Stephen Callan beat Wolviston goalkeeper Brian Smilie direct from the corner flag.
There was a rare win for Annfield Plain, who won at Boldon CA with an only goal by Scott Heslop who drove past keeper Alan Greenan on 27 minutes. The Plain remain second bottom but are now eight points ahead of Silksworth Rangers.