Ashbrooke Belford House claim epic win – after 70 minutes with NINE men

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Despite playing for 70 minutes with only nine men, Ashbrooke Belford House still managed to defeat Richmond Town 3-1 in last night’s Wearside League game at Silksworth.

The Colliers made the worst possible start. With just two minutes gone, Anthony Harrison fired the Yorkshiremen into the lead and, eight minutes later, the home side had Kevin Humble sent off.

The Wearsiders then went down to nine men in the 20th minute as Stephen Halliday also saw red, but, amazingly, they were still strong enough to claim all three points.

A great individual goal from Dominic Laws on 22 minutes set them on their way and James Fairley gave the home side the lead just before the hour mark.

In the last minute, Richmond goalkeeper Carl Latcham became the third player to be dismissed and, from the penalty which resulted, Nathan Burrell completed a memorable Ashbrooke victory.

Seaham Red Star Reserves plundered seven goals in the bottom-four clash with Wolviston, who conceded three first-half strikes to Kyle Bell, Adam Hepple and Andy Beer.

Evan McAvoy threw the visitors a lifeline, but, after Richie Goodman made it four, Bell completed a hat-trick and Lewis Green also scored in the final few minutes.

Redcar Athletic also racked up seven goals at home to Leam Rangers, who failed to reply.

Liam Wood and Robbie Farrier each bagged braces, with Sam Webster, Joe Ferguson and Andy Jennings completing a miserable night for the out-of-sorts Tynesiders.