Bad start so costly for Belford House

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ASHBROOKE Belford House could not halt Stockton Town’s Wearside League title challenge when the sides met at Silksworth last night, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

Tommy Dobbing’s side made the worst possible start by conceding a goal in the very first minute when Adam Nichols fired past goalkeeper Jack Wilson.

Belford quickly settled down after the setback, but early in the second period Nichols took advantage of a defensive blunder to double his side’s lead.

Peterlee Town edged Kirkbymoorside 1-0, but the game was marred by an injury to the Newtowners’ David Henderson, who was taken by ambulance to hospital.

His injury caused a 20-minute interruption. Soon after the restart, Anth Rogerson slid the ball under goalkeeper Jordon Rivis for the match-winner.

Sunderland West End were involved in a particularly scrappy affair at Darlington Cleveland Bridge, where neither side managed to break the deadlock.

Coxhoe Athletic eased past Boldon CA 3-1 away. Chris Baxter was an early scorer for the visitors and after Adam Sharp levelled, Adam Phillips and Stephen Ferguson steered United home.

Wolviston led courtesy of Karl Barry at Prudhoe Town and it wasn’t until the 85th minute that Nathan Burrell levelled following a free-kick.

Harton and Westoe CW returned from the long journey to Cleator Moor Celtic pointless after a 3-0 defeat, conceding three times in the opening 20 minutes.

Bradley Rooney beat two defenders before rifling past keeper Andrew Hunter from close range for the opener, then Craig Corkhill headed a second and Ryan Hall added a third.