IN-FORM Horden CW moved into second place in the Wearside League with an emphatic 4-0 home victory over Seaton Carew last night.
Martin Fowler broke the deadlock after 35 minutes with a shot into the bottom corner of the net and, early in the second period, Michael Cain curled an effort past substitute goalkeeper Elliott Hogg, who had replaced Mark Bell at half-time.
Just before the end, Robert Taylor made it three for Keith Brown’s Horden side from a free-kick and Dane Wilson completed the scoring to help lift the Colliers into their highest position this season, albeit eight points behind leaders Stockton Town.
Easington Colliery missed the chance to reduce Stockton’s lead at the top when they went down 2-1 at Redcar Athletic – slipping back to third place as a result.
Bryan Norton lobbed Redcar goalkeeper Matthew Berry for Easington’s opener six minutes into the second half, but eight minutes later it was all square again as Adam Preston netted.
Easington goalkeeper Kyle Donaldson then saved a penalty from Preston and, in the 69th minute, the Colliers went down to 10 men with the dismissal of Norton.
Redcar made the numerical advantage count, claiming a 76th-minute winner by Michael Woodhouse. In the last minute, the Seasiders had Lance Skelton red-carded.
Silksworth CW are now fifth after losing 1-0 to Cleator Moor Celtic, who leap-frogged them with a 1-0 victory on Wearside.
Adam Meagan scored the only goal after goalkeeper Joe Clayton had parried a Callum Birdsall shot.
Harton and Westoe moved off the bottom and they, too, won by an only goal.
With only five minutes remaining, Gary Dadd crashed the ball past Spennymoor Town Reserves goalkeeper David Atkinson to claim a hard-fought 1-0 success.
Boldon CA defeated Leam Rangers by the odd goal in seven to climb into 13th place. Adam Sharp, Gary Evans, Liam Clark and Nathan Bell were the home side’s marksmen, with Anthony Huddart, Taylor Hughes and Sharp (own goal) replying for Rangers.