TWO goals in the last nine minutes earned Easington Colliery all three points in last night’s Wearside League game at Boldon CA, writes MALCOLM PRATT.
Boldon’s Alan Sharp broke the deadlock on 70 minutes when he fired past Graeme Pickering.
It appeared the goal might be sufficient for the hosts, but Paul Muir converted an 81st-minute penalty leveller.
Mark Robinson then clinched victory for Easington with his 87th-minute strike beating keeper Chris Robinson.
Peterlee Town conceded an 88th-minute equaliser as Seaton Carew rescued a 2-2 draw.
Martin Hope was an early marksman for the Newtowners, heading in a David Newby cross, but Neil Fannon equalised with a shot which went into the net off the post.
Right on half-time, Peterlee regained the initiative as Hope blasted past the helpless Gary Fleetham.
The home side missed several good opportunities to seal victory and paid the price when Shaun Wood blasted a penalty past goalkeeper Kyle Donaldson two minutes from time.
Ashbrooke Belford House also left it late before defeating Coxhoe Athletic 2-1.
Stephen Parnaby slotted home a first-minute penalty for Coxhoe, but Martin Deacon levelled on 18 minutes but it was another 70 minutes before Stephen Bogie hit a free-kick winner for Tommy Dobbing’s men at Silksworth Welfare.
Richmond Town maintained their strong title challenge by crushing Darlington Cleveland Bridge 5-0. They are a point behind leaders Stockton Town.
Willington, 3-1 winners against Annfield Plain and level with Richmond on 57 points, are also in contention. Paul Bayles and Stephen Howe had the Hall Lane men two up, but spirited Plain rallied through Alan Robson before Adam Sakr fired the clincher.
Prudhoe Town had Lee Dunn and John Little on target in a 2-0 win at Cleator Moor.