A SUPERB Stephen Bogie hat-trick swept Sunderland West End to their biggest win of the season, against Darlington Cleveland Bridge, who are hovering close to the Wearside League championship-challenging sides.
The visitors are fifth but were no match for West End, especially in the later stages of the game.
Bogie completed a well-worked move and before the interval delivered an excellent shot from the edge of the penalty which gave goalkeeper Michael Thraves no chance.
Although Michael Richardson reduced the deficit on 50 minutes, his strike proved to be only temporary respite for the Bridge who conceded three goals in a 17-minute spell.
Substitute Lloyd Conlon restored the Wearsiders’ two-goals cushion and from then on it was all one way.
Another cutting-edge raid split the visitors’ defence wide open for Gavin Dorward to score and three minutes from time Bogie completed his hat-trick.
Despite scoring first through Jake Mohan, Ashbrooke Belford House went down to bottom-of-the-table Coxhoe Athletic who won for only the second time.
Shaun Laverick restored parity before two goals from Michael Hillary sealed the fate of Tommy Dobbing’s side who remain fourth from the basement.
Ryhope CW, who were on cup duty, stay three points ahead at the top of the table. Redcar Athletic are second after losing to third-placed Stockton Town whose matchwinner was Tom Hinchley with a brace after James Kesterton had opened the scoring.
Boldon CA just had the edge on Prudhoe Town in a seven-goals thriller. Dean Robinson and Scott Ormston had the West Tyne side two goals up at the interval but Boldon turned the tables thanks to Michael Meek, Shaun Reay and Chris Robinson.
Ormston levelled at 3-3 and eight minutes from time Meek was on target with his second goal and Boldon’s fourth.
Despite Stephen Kirkbride cancelling out Craig Padley’s goal, Annfield Plain were well beaten by Cleator Moor Celtic who went nap with two goals apiece from Michael Dickinson and Ryan Hall.
Ryhope CW came from behind to defeat Jarrow in the Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup. Liam Bailes opened the scoring but by the interval Ryhope were in front with a brace of goals from Nathan O’Neil.
John Butler then failed with a penalty for the Wearsiders but the miss didn’t prove costly as O’Neil completed a hat-trick.
In their previous game, Hartlepool enjoyed a five-goal romp at Wolviston, who had their revenge in the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup.
David Aninakwah (2) and Martin Woodhouse were the matchwinners with Shaun Ross on target for Pools.