ASHBROOKE Belford House didn’t make a particularly good start to the Wearside League season, but have certainly come good – as Horden CW found to their cost at Silksworth on Saturday.
The Wearsiders roared to a 10-3 victory and there was little Horden could do to contain a rampant home attack in which Stephen Bogie, in particular starred.
His first goal in a hat-trick was a thunderous 40-yard free kick and his overall performance was exceptional.
There was also much to like about 16-year old Dominic Laws’ contribution and the youngster was well worth a brace of goals.
Stephen Callan (2), Mark Green, Kevin Gordon and David Christie added to the woes of the Colliers who managed three consolation goals from Chris Tarn (2) and Aidan Pace.
Ashbrooke have now won seven and drawn one of their last eight games to move into mid-table.
On a day when the 10 fixtures produced no fewer than 56 goals, just one proved sufficient for leaders Ryhope CW at Hartlepool.
Just before the interval Jack Pounder picked up a defence-splitting pass and slid the ball past goalkeeper Michael Campbell into the bottom corner of the net. Any hopes Pool’s harboured of saving the game receded when they had Shane O’Brien sent off 20 minutes from the end.
Sunderland West End remain in the top six despite losing to third-bottom Gateshead Leam Rangers who had the incentive of an early goal by Jamie Langfield.
Tom Price and an Alan Meagan own goal enabled West End to turn the tables but before the break Taylor Hughes levelled and just past the hour mark he slid in the winner wide of goalkeeper Lee Burrell.
Silksworth CW lost by the odd goal in five at Jarrow where Peter Kane fired in a rebound after goalkeeper Joe Clayton had made a good stop.
Shortly before the interval, Silksworth levelled with a Daley Clarke strike but a brace of goals by Grant Pressling in the second half had Silksworth chasing the game and there were only three minutes left on the clock when Callum Milne scored his team’s second goal.
Easington Colliery eased their position near the bottom of the table with victory over Seaton Carew. A flick-on by Brian Norton found Brett Gillatt who fired past goalkeeper Gary Fleetham and before the break a Norton free kick was too hot for Fleetham to hold.
Seaton battled back and when Matthew Keltie nut-megged the advancing Kyle Donaldson it was all to play for but the Colliers held on for three crucial points.
Stockton Town remain five points behind leaders Ryhope CW with three games in hand after they hit Harton and Westoe with an 8-0 mauling. Michael Dunwell, with a hat-trick, Stephen Roberts, Tom Coulthard, Chris Stockton, Carlton McCabe and Adam Nicholson all beat goalkeeper Andrew Hunter.
Cleator Moor Celtic are third. They scored all six goals defeating Annfield Plain 5-1 when Leigh Dunn (2), Tom Mahone, Andy Telfer and Bradley Rooney scored for the Cumbrians and Craig Scott conceded an own goal.
Redcar Athletic were another side in scoring mode and they hit Prudhoe Town for six courtesy of a superb man-of-the-match performance by Adam Preston, who netted five times. James Swain (pen) was the other marksman with Stephen Foster claiming a consolation for Prudhoe.
Coxhoe Athletic reckoned they didn’t have the rub of the green in going down to Richmond Town for whom Richard Thompson, Josh Lincoln and Kalumn Holbrooke (2) struck. The only goal for Coxhoe, who had Brad Cane sent off on 75 minutes, was credited to Shaun Ryder.
Boldon CA were ahead through Shaun Carroll at the interval but exited the Wearside League Cup to Wolviston whose matchwinners were Ben Bonner and Ian Denby.