SUNDERLAND West End consolidated fourth place in the Wearside League when captain Brad Foster came up trumps with a late winner against Peterlee Town on Saturday, writes MALCOLM PRATT.
Callum Mordey was an early marksman for the Newtowners, firing into the top corner of the net and it took West End 45 minutes before Adam McQuillan equalised when he turned and shot past goalkeeper Kyle Donaldson.
With only a few minutes remaining and a draw looking the likely outcome, Foster came up trumps when he found the net from a corner.
Ashbrooke Belford House are mid-table following victory at Seaton Carew where they scored twice in the last 12 minutes.
David Scott gave them a half-time lead with a 43rd-minute header, but the Seasiders hit back and after David Wilson levelled, David Wells was unfortunate to deflect a Craig Hutchinson effort into his own goal.
With 12 minutes left on the clock, Mark Green scrambled in the equaliser and four minutes from time, Kyle Anderson delivered an excellent left-foot finish into the bottom corner of the net.
There’s still no respite for Silksworth Rangers who remain stranded at the bottom with just two wins and a draw from 22 attempts.
Although they trailed Boldon CA for a long period, their latest defeat was close.
Chris Robertson and Adam Bell were first-half scorers and it wasn’t until the 88th minute that John Turvey gave Rangers a glimmer of hope, but Boldon held on.
With leaders Stockton Town inactive and Richmond Town on cup duty, third-top Willington failed to take full advantage when they had to settle for a goalless draw at Prudhoe Town.
Jarrow are fifth, just two points behind West End, after they ended Redcar Athletic’s recent successful mini revival. Ryan Burton (2) and Grant Pressling had them comfortably in front before Stuart Poulter responded.
Harton and Westoe and Darlington Cleveland Bridge shared the points in a 10-goals thriller. Man-of-the-match was Darlo’s Dan McLachlan who rifled four goals with Luke Black also on target. Stephen Telford (2), Jack Burrell (2) and Stephen Graham found the net for Harton.
A James Brodie-Myers goal proved sufficient for Wolviston at home to Easington Colliery, while neither Hartlepool nor Cleator Moor Celtic managed a goal between them when they met.
Annfield Plain conceded four to Kirkbymoorside’s Jordan Rivis, Alex Strickland, Johnny Brown and Johnny Birbeck before Ross Nicholson scored what proved to be no more than a consolation for the visitors who had to replace injured goalkeeper Grant Scott with James Davies.
Coxhoe Athletic edged Gateshead Leam Rangers in the Preliminary Round of the Wearside League Cup. Kyle Scott, with a brace and Chris Baxter were their matchwinners with Steve Turnbull and Leon Kane keeping the Tynesiders in the tie until the final whistle.