MANAGERLESS Ryhope CW are now just a couple of points behind Wearside League leaders Stockton Town after hitting Prudhoe Town for six on Saturday and becoming the first side to rack up 50 goals.
There was simply no stopping the Wearsiders – and ace marksman John Butler in particular.
By half-time, he plundered four goals and, in the second period, Chris Winn and Jack Pounder also struck to take Ryhope’s total for the season to 55. Just as impressive is the fact they’ve conceded only four goals.
Sunderland West End went down in the top-five clash at Redcar Athletic, who won with a 94th minute goal from Richie Craythorpe.
After leaking goals to Michael Morris and James Kesterton in the first 20 minutes, West End recovered and deservedly equalised with a brace by Barry Turton.
They appeared to have done enough to claim at least a point, but, deep into added time, their hopes were cruelly dashed.
Ashbrooke Belford House won for only the second time in 11 attempts when they edged Hartlepool by the odd goal in five.
Lewis Murphy gave Pool a fifth-minute lead but Lee Andrews levelled almost immediately. Before the break, Jamie Davis restored the advantage to the home side only for Ashbrooke to come back again with Dave Christie firing in a rebound.
Midway through the second half, Nathan Bell curled a free-kick around the wall and into the bottom corner of the net for Belford’s winnerl.
Silksworth CW moved into the top half of the table with victory over Horden CW.
It wasn’t until just past the hour mark that Mark Robinson opened the scoring, volleying past goalkeeper Michael Cockburn. Five minutes later, Horden faced a formidable challenge when Robinson again scored at the near post to seal a 2-0 victory.
Annfield Plain recovered from a two-goal deficit but eventually lost to Harton and Westoe CW, for whom Shaun Flood and Danien Cotter were first-half marksmen.
Ross Nicholson threw Plain a lifeline on 60 minutes and two minutes later Scott Heslop levelled, but, just before the end Flood clinched the winner.
Jarrow twice led Richmond Town but had to settle for a share of the points.
Peter Kane fired past goalkeeper Adam Cunningham on 36 minutes and Kalumn Holbrook restored parity direct from the corner flag.
Brian Johnson then delivered a great free-kick from outside the penalty area, but, with two minutes left, Scott Ryan volleyed in Richmond’s second equaliser.
Leam Rangers gained only their third point, at Wolviston, who went two goals up inside 28 minutes courtesy of a brace from Ben Bonner.
At this stage, it didn’t look good for the Gateshead side, but they rallied in the second half and, after Andy Hebron reduced the deficit, Chris Robson equalised.
Cleator Moor Celtic consolidated third place, behind leaders Stockton Town and Ryhope CW, with victory over Seaton Carew.
Top marksman Leigh Dunn broke the deadlock on 63 minutes an,d in the last 10 minutes, Liam Johnson scored the second, decisive goal.