EASINGTON Colliery enhanced their chances of finishing runners-up in the Wearside League with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Boldon CA last night..
Boldon played for 47 minutes with 10 men following the dismissal of Neil Crammon for a professional foul.
Luke Page and Kevin Humble had given the Colliers a two-goal lead before Crammon’s red card and although Boldon’s 10 men defended stoically, they conceded two late goals to Kyran Whitehead and Chris Pearson.
Easington are third, three points behind Horden CW with four games in hand.
Sunderland West End dropped back to seventh following a 2-0 defeat at Cleator Moor, whose marksmen were Darren Johnson and the prolific Leigh Dunn.
Ashbrooke Belford House and Richmond Town shared the points in a 1-1 draw at Silksworth.
Mike Layfield fired the visitors ahead, but David Stevens soon levelled for Belford with an absolute pile-driver from 40 yards which screamed past Richmond goalkeeper Carl Latchham.
Harton and Westoe CW were involved in a cracking 0-0 draw. The only black spot came on 75 minutes when Whitehaven’s Jack Hunter was sent off.
Stockton Town extended their lead at the top to eight points when they edged past Spennymoor Town Reserves 2-1 thanks to Kallum Hannah’s brace. John McReady equalised for Moors.
Wolviston are now two points in front of bottom side Annfield Plain after claiming a 1-1 draw against Redcar Athletic.
Ian Danby was left unmarked to head Wolviston in front, but the lead only lasted four minutes before Alex Maphosa fired home.