West can’t quite take Stock

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SUNDERLAND West End look likely to claim fourth spot in the Wearside League after being held by Stockton Town.

Chris Curtis was a first-half marksman for David Bond’s team, but early in the second period, Steve Roberts equalised.

Stockton, who have played one game less than West End, boast a four-point advantage over the Wearsiders.

Ryhope CW, already assured of promotion to the STL Northern League, took another step towards retaining the championship when they defeated Ashbrooke Belford House and their only rivals, Redcar Athletic, again slipped up.

However, Martin Swales’ side left it late before seeing off a strong challenge by Ashbrooke in the local derby at Silksworth.

Regular marksman John Butler fired Ryhope in front and they held the lead for 70 minutes until Dale Wells levelled.

With time running out it appeared Ashbrooke might hold their opponents, but in the last minute Johnny Davis drove in the winner past goalkeeper Brett Wilson.

With three games to play, Ryhope have a two-point lead, a game in hand and a better goal difference than Redcar, who have taken just one point from their last two matches.

An own goal by Liam Wood gave Cleator Moor Celtic an advantage, but Redcar were back in the game on 75 minutes with Greg Boughey’s equaliser.

Cleator had keeper Craig Devine sent off, but The Seasiders were unable to take advantage.

Boldon CA were the highest scorers of the day when they went nap at Darlington Cleveland Bridge as the goals flowed from Shaun Reay, with a hat-trick, Michael Meek and Neil Crammon.

After conceding two first-half goals to Craig Hutchinson and Craig Thomas, Jarrow rallied and claimed a point against Hartlepool with late strikes from Ryan Burton and Anthony Myers.

Jake Stafford fired a penalty over the goal, but Prudhoe Town found the net through Andrew Peacock and his goal proved to be the matchwinner at home to Kirkbymoorside.

Ryan Hebb struck twice for Wolviston at Annfield Plain, for whom Craig Downey added to Lee Rumney’s early goal.