RYHOPE CW stretched their lead at the top of the Wearside League to four points following last night’s incident-packed game at Prudhoe Town, who finished with only nine men.
Ryhope edged home 4-3 in a thriller, but only thanks to a last-gasp winner.
John Butler fired Martin Swales’ side into an early lead, which he doubled with a 35th-minute penalty. Just before the interval, Andrew Peacock reduced the deficit, but Prudhoe went down to 10 men with the dismissal of Nathan Burrell.
Despite having to play the entire second half with a numerical disadvantage, Prudhoe levelled through Chris Winn.
Nathan O’Neil restored Ryhope’s advantage, but, when Winn converted a spot-kick, a draw looked the likely outcome.
Prudhoe had Gavin Lisle red-carded, though, and in the second minute of added time, Ryhope clinched all three points as Butler dramatically completed his hat-trick.
Ashbrooke Belford House went nap at Darlington Cleveland Bridge in a 5-1 win.
Lee Anderson drove into the corner of the net on 20 minutes and Martin Deacon added to Belford’s lead before the break.
Stuart Burton made it three and Deacon completed his hat-trick with two more for Tommy Dobbing’s men. Dale Sheridan replied.
Silksworth Rangers played their last home game and held top-six side Cleator Moor Celtic to a 1-1 draw.
John Turvey produced a clinical finish from 25 yards after only four minutes and Rangers held the lead for 81 minutes before Dean Rogers restored parity.