SILKSWORTH CW did not top the scoring charts – that feat was claimed by champions Stockton Town – but they were well pleased with their performance and result hitting Richmond Town for six on the opening day of the Wearside League season on Saturday.
Glen Hargrave rifled a hat-trick for impressive Silksworth, Liam Gill bagged a brace and Nathan Dodds also got in on the scoring act.
The Yorkshiremen managed a couple of consolation strikes, from Stuart Pigg (penalty) and Roy Asimbq, but the day belonged to the Wearsiders, who are back in action at Easington Colliery on Wednesday.
Easington Colliery also made a winning start, defeating Cumbrian hosts Cleator Moor Celtic, who took the lead when last season’s top scorer, Leigh Dunn, opened his account after just 15 minutes.
Once David Paul levelled on the stroke of half-time, the Colliers took control and second-half goals from Paul, Farran Pope and Corey Steel, with a tremendous individual effort, sealed a superb 4-1 win.
Sunderland West End also claimed maximum points, but their task at home to Seaton Carew was more difficult.
David Keithley and Barry Turton netted for Anth Nelson’s team at Ford Quarry, but Seaton, who had Robert Hammond sent off after an hour, were in with a chance following Terry Wilkinson’s strike. The Wearsiders, though, held on for a narrow 2-1 win – a big boost ahead of their midweek fixture at Leam Rangers.
Coxhoe Athletic faced a difficult task against former Ebac Northern League team Whitehaven.
Despite Ross Morrow cancelling out Kevin Connolly’s 15th-minute penalty for the Cumbrians, Coxhoe ended 5-1 losers as goals flowed from Malcolm Holliday, Lee Woolf, Ross Leeson and Dan Gullen.
Boldon CA struggled for most of last season, but they opened with an entertaining 4-2 win against neighbours Jarrow, whose two goals were credited to David Graham. Jonathan Matthews, Robbie Dalziel, Mark Johnson and Nathan Bell saw Boldon home.
Champions Stockton Town routed Prudhoe Town 9-0, with four-goal Chris Stockton supported by Stephen Roberts (2), Tom Coulthard, Adam Nicholson and Matthew Jamieson.
In contrast, just one goal proved sufficient for Harton and Westoe at Annfield Plain. The home side’s Callum Telfer was unfortunate, too, deflecting the ball into his own net.
Leam Rangers exited the Shipowners’ Cup, going down 3-1 to visitors Wolviston after leading with a Joe Danquah strike. Lauren Sanson (own goal), Shaun Gregory and Ryan Hebb steered Wolviston through.