Sunderland West End are still in with a chance of ending runners-up in the TWR Bi Folds Wearside League – but they’ll need to win the last three games and for Redcar Athletic to fail to take maximum points from their final match.
Anth Nelson’s men kept alive their hopes by defeating 10-man Spennymoor Town Reserves 2-1 at Coxhoe last night.
Moors had Neil Charlton sent off after only 10 minutes and almost immediately John Coomber fired the Wearsiders ahead with a clinical finish.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, the home side levelled just before the interval as Ross Morrow rounded goalkeeper Neil Bussey and slotted home.
It took a penalty five minutes from the end to secure West End’s victory. Barry Turton stepped forward and drove wide of goalkeeper David Atkinson.
Redcar Athletic show no signs of weakening, however, in the run-in. They blitzed Annfield Plain 13-0 as Andrew Jennings rifled five goals to take his tally for the season to 54 - establishing a new club record.
James Swann netted a hat-trick, Christian Kamara and Michael Woodhouse each bagged a brace and Chris Atkinson added to the woes of Annfield.
Horden CW signed off a difficult season holding Harton and Westoe to a 3-3 draw. Matthew Hughes and Chris Tarn (2) struck for the Colliers with Shaun Carroll (pen), Donyegha Augustine and Joe Kerridge on target for the South Tynesiders.
Champions Stockton Town eased past Cleator Moor Celtic courtesy of Adam Nicholson and Joe Scafe-Wheatley after Darren Johnson had given the Cumbrians the early advantage.
Nick Payne and Peter Kane were Jarrow’s matchwinners at Richmond Town for whom Scott Ryan replied and Connor Halpin earned Leam Rangers a point with his equaliser after Craig Robson had struck for visitors Whitehaven.
Stephen Foster and Derek Waters (2) netted for Prudhoe Town in a 3-3 draw at Wolviston. Andrew McGirr, Luke Bennington and Carl Barrie found the net for the home team.