Easington Colliery dig deep for Wearside League victory

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EASINGTON Colliery extended their lead at the top of the table to six points when they defeated nearest rivals New Marske in the match of the day.

Adam McGuinness gave them the lead with a good finish on the stroke of half-time and midway through the second period, Chris Tarn also beat home goalkeeper Justin Hutchinson.

With only three minutes remaining, New Marske were awarded a penalty, which Michael Mackin fired past Nicky Lawson.

Ryhope CW, whose fixture was one of five to be postponed, stay third, while Ashbrooke Belford House regained winning form at Hartlepool.

Martin Deacon fired wide of goalkeeper Mark Bell on 15 minutes and Pools suffered another blow just before the interval with the dismissal of Mark Nicholson.

On resuming, Michael Charlton doubled the Wearsiders’ lead.

Carl Anderson volleyed home a Johnny Bolton free kick for Pools and the hosts had a chance to equalise 12 minutes from time.

They were awarded a penalty and goalkeeper Brett Wilson turned Shaun Ross’s kick on to the post. The ball rebounded and Wilson made a fantastic stop, then somehow got his legs to the ball as Ross followed up a second time.

Two minutes later, the pressure on Belford House was relieved as Peter Benson broke clear of the home defence and chipped the goalkeeper.

A minute from the end Ashbrooke’s Michael Melmore was dismissed.

Because of work commitments, several Houghton Town players were unable to travel to Cumbria and Windscale emerged 4-2 winners.

Alan Blair, with a brace, Dean Rogers and Laurie Black had them firmly in command by the 26th minute.

Mark Catchside reduced the four-goal deficit two minutes after the break and then converted a 72nd-minute penalty.

Boldon CA beat Redcar Athletic 2-1, Michael Meek heading in after an hour and, following James Kesterton’s equaliser, second-bottom Boldon took the points with a late penalty by Shaun Reay.