Willington see off the threat from Easington

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FOR five minutes Easington Colliery sensed they were in with a chance of upsetting the form book, but Willington quickly proved why they lead the Wearside League.

The Colliers went ahead on 15 minutes as Robert Taylor converted a cross by Carl Winspear only for Adam Sakr to fire in the equaliser five minutes later.

Although Easington battled bravely, their illustrious opponents reached the First Round of the Durham Challenge Cup with second-half strikes from Lewis Martin and Steve Howe.

Silksworth Rangers crashed out at Seaton Carew whose marksmen were Craig Lines, with a brace and Kevin Hamilton but Sunderland West End edged Coxhoe Athletic.

Few chances were created and it took a penalty by Brad Thompson to settle the tie in favour of the Wearsiders.

Ebac Northern League Second Division side Brandon United proved too strong for Leam Rangers. A hat-trick by Stephen Moody and one goal from Owen Lancaster secured Brandon’s passage. Liam Barnett twice netted for Leam.

Darlington Cleveland Bridge appeared to be coasting home when Michael Carter, Dale Sheridan and Michael Hillary had them three goals ahead at Annfield Plain but two strikes from Paul Oxley set up an exciting finale. The Bridge just held on.

Peterlee Town couldn’t halt Richmond Town’s rise up the table and the Yorkshiremen are now second behind Willington, following a 4-1 victory.

Richard Thompson hit a hat-trick and Rory Atkinson also netted with Dale Spence Peterlee’s only marksman.

Ashbrooke Belford House were hit for six at Kirkbymoorside whose marksmen were Johnny Brown, with a hat-trick, Sarjo Cham (2) and Nathan James.

Martin Deacon and Lee Andrews reduced the deficit to a single goal at one stage but the home side finished strongly, scoring another three times.

Jarrow surprisingly easily defeated Harton and Westoe in the South Tyneside derby. Grant Pressling, Anthony Chilton, Brian Johnson and Liam Dales all netted in a one-sided game.

Jack Lawton bagged a brace of goals but Boldon CA lost 4-2 at Cleator Moor Celtic whose matchwinners were Leigh Dunn (2), Tom Mahon and Bradley Rooney.

Shaun Ross (2) and Shaun Atkinson eased Hartlepool to victory at bottom-of-the-table Wolviston for whom Nathan Summersgill claimed a consolation goal while Rob Jones earned Redcar Athletic a point at Prudhoe Town who led courtesy of Jonathan Hewitson.