ASHBROOKE Belford House staged a magnificent fight-back to win last night’s Wearside League seven-goal thriller against Darlington Cleveland Bridge.
It looked curtains for the Wearsiders when they conceded three goals in the opening 21 minutes but 50 minutes later they led 4-3.
Darren Pearson struck on 11 minutes and seven minutes later goalkeeper Brett Wilson was beaten again, this time by Daniel McLachlan. Almost immediately Phil Caley made it three and there looked to be no way back for Tommy Dobbing’s side.
But just before the interval Lee Andrews threw the Wearsiders a lifeline and in the second period the goals flowed from Mark Green, Stephen Callan and Lewis Hutchinson.
Easington Colliery eased past Harton and Westoe who conceded the first goal to Aaron Doyle on 33 minutes. His 35-yard strike sailed into the top corner of the net giving goalkeeper Kevin Garrick no chance.
Harton’s attempts to level were thwarted by the resolute Colliers’ defence and midway through the second period, Keiran Gething scored the second crucial goal for Easington.
Silksworth Rangers were unlucky not to take all three points from their home game with Kirkbymoorside.
The match was deadlocked until the 79th minute when Jonathan Birbeck obligingly took advantage of a defensive blunder by Silksworth.
Within a minute though Rangers were back on level terms with Jonathan Glenwright’s drive taking a deflection past goalkeeper Mark Tansey.
Silksworth pressed in the final minutes and were unfortunate when Dean Smith hit the post.
Willington maintained a 10-point lead at the top of the table with victory at Coxhoe Athletic where Adam Sakr and Adam Comby scored in the second half. A further blow for Coxhoe came when Stephen Ferguson was sent off 10 minutes from the end.
Stockton Town remain second after they edged Boldon CA by the odd goal in five.
It was a close call for the Teessiders who needed an 87th-minute winner from Tony Johnson, completing his hat-trick. Shaun Carroll and Adam Sharpe were Boldon’s marksmen.
Annfield Plain are now 10 points clear of bottom-of-the-table Silksworth Rangers following a surprise win over fifth-top Jarrow.
Scott Heslop tapped into the net on 64 minutes and 11 minutes later Ross Nicholson lobbed Jarrow goalkeeper John Ball.
Wolviston improved their position with a comprehensive win over Redcar Athletic. Shaun Gregory, Anthony Smuk and Ryan Hebb all found the net before Redcar had Jamie Lee sent off on 77 minutes.