Northern League: Goal-hungry Ryhope keep promotion push on course

Easington Colliery (green and white) take on Brandon United in Saturday's Second Division clash
Easington Colliery (green and white) take on Brandon United in Saturday's Second Division clash
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Ryhope CW made it six wins out of nine to keep their promotion push on course in Division Two.

Gary Pearson’s men sit eighth in the table, but they have played three games fewer than the two leading sides, who are eight and five points better off respectively.

Ryhope had to show their mettle at Crook Town on Saturday, where Josh Home-Jackson, Conor Winter, Jack Pounder and Stephen Francis all netted, after Philip Caley had given the Millfield men the lead.

Chester-le-Street are the new leaders following a 3-1 victory at Thornaby. Danny Lofts was a fourth-minute marksman for the home side and, after Lee Mole levelled, Craig Marron fired the Cestrians in front from the spot.

Right on the stroke of half-time, Thornaby had goalkeeper Adrian Beblowski sent off and, from the resultant penalty, Marron was again on target for Chester’s clinching third goal.

Newly-promoted Easington Colliery moved into fifth place with a 3-1 win at home to Brandon United, thanks to a brace of goals from David “Busta” Paul and one by Connor O’Neil. Shane Todd levelled at one point for the visitors.

Ambitious South Shields are certainly attracting the crowds since they moved back to Mariners Park and 595 spectators saw them defeat second-top Team Northumbria 2-0 in the division’s match of the day.

Andrew Bulford – newly signed from Dunston UTS – celebrated his debut with a superb first-half goal and, just before the end, Robert Briggs wrapped up all three points.

Team North are second and South Shields, who have a game in hand on the two leading sides, are third.

Birtley Town remain third from bottom after losing 1-0 to Billingham Synthonia, for whom Chris Lawther scored the only goal.