by Malcolm Pratt
PETERLEE Town and Sunderland West End played out a nine-goal thriller that kept Town hanging on nervously for their win.
The Wearsiders went two goals up inside 10 minutes through Stephen Bogie and John Cormack (pen), but by the interval Peterlee were 4-2 ahead.
Stephen Hockaday, David Laight, Robert Taylor and Carl Garside turned the tables, but West End were back in with a chance with David Kennedy’s second-half strike.
Laight then made it 5-3, only for Jack Purvis to throw the result wide open with his late goal, but Peterlee held on.
Silksworth Rangers failed to halt Willington’s championship challenge.
Paul Bailes fired the leaders into a half-time lead and Rangers’ James Hepinstall conceded an own goal.
Eoin Shannon threw Silksworth a lifeline, converting a 73rd-minute penalty, but the home side’s hopes ended as Bailes struck for a second time.
Redcar Athletic stay second following victory at Gateshead Leam Rangers, who played for 40 minutes with 10 men following the dismissal of Leon Kane.
At this stage the scores were level, but Redcar took advantage of their numerical supremacy to score further goals courtesy of Billy Millington, Stuart Poulter and James Kesterton, adding to Robert Clarkson’s early strike. Liam Barnett scored both Gateshead goals.
Ryhope CW celebrated playing their first home game of the season with victory over Wolviston and they remain third, with games in hand on the leading pair.
Liam Cox, Jordan Thompson and Nathan O’Neil netted, with Martin Woodhouse on target for Wolviston, who had Daryl Thompson red-carded in the 73rd minute.
Ashbrooke Belford House’s form has been inconsistent all season and they crashed to their seventh defeat in 13 games at Boldon CA, whose matchwinners were Michael Meek with a brace, Neil Crannon and David Hopper.
Coxhoe Athletic are bottom, but will be encouraged by their performance against top-six side Stockton Town, who won by a single goal from David Johnson.
Jarrow are fifth following victory at Kirkbymoorside, where they led through Paul Terrell (2) and Chris Lunn before Alex Strickland replied four minutes from time.
Lee Best (pen), Chris Winn and Chris Ormston eased Prudhoe Town to victory at Hartlepool, whose only reply was credited to Scott Hine.
Stephen Kirkbride’s goal was all Annfield Plain had to show at Cleator Moor Celtic, who won comfortably thanks to Michael Dickinson, Gareth Johnson and Glynn Edwards (pen).