RYHOPE CW quickly bounced back from the disappointment of losing at the weekend to crush neighbours Seaham Red Star 5-0 to move to the top of the Ebac Northern League’s Second Division yesterday, writes MALCOLM PRATT.
Martin Swales’ side could hardly have made a better start, scoring twice in the opening 10 minutes, but there was then a lull and it was only in the final minutes that they made certain of the points.
Chris Winn drove past goalkeeper Shaun Newbrook and shortly afterwards Red Star’s Michael Patterson was unlucky to slice a cross into his own net.
There was nothing fortunate about Ryhope’s third goal though, which came in the 80th minute, when Winn produced a clinical finish which left Newbrook helpless.
Carl Forth then deflected a centre into his own net for Ryhope’s fourth goal before John Butler completed the rout in the last minute.
Ryhope’s first four games have produced 18 goals and they are far and away the leading scorers.
In contrast, Horden CW have managed just one goal in three attempts. They went down 3-0 to Jarrow Roofing but it was only in the last four minutes that the South Tynesiders were assured of victory.
The Colliers held out until a minute before the interval when David Carson broke from midfield and fired past goalkeeper Chris Stoker.
The see-saw battle continued but in the 86th minute Josh Allen was left with a simple tap-in at the far post and a minute from time Lee McMahon converted a penalty.
Morpeth Town are third-top after seeing off neighbours Alnwick 4-0.
Chris Smith and Gary Turton were Esh Winning’s matchwinners at home to Brandon United while Darlington RA were toppled from pole position after losing 2-1 to Northallerton. Matt Tymon scored five times in Whitehaven’s 6-4 win at Ryton and Crawcrook Albion.
Durham City secured their first win in Division One, edging Consett 3-2 to move out of the bottom three.
Michael Mackay converted a first-half penalty for the Steelmen and after Stephen Thompson headed an equaliser, David Scorer restored the visitors’ advantage.
Scott Fenwick levelled again, then, in the last minute, City clinched all three points with a dramatic, winner from Jack Pounder who was presented with a simple tap-in.
Bedlington Terriers preserved their 100 per cent record when they routed neighbours Ashington 4-0, with Paul Brayson (2), Stuart Elliott and Stephen Baptist on target.
Bishop Auckland added to Newton Aycliffe’s woes with a crushing 5-1 win. Sam Vernalls replied to strikes from Andrew Johnson (2), Chris Hodgson, Keiron Megran and Danny Parker.
Hebburn Town won 2-0 at Team Northumbria with strikes by Stephen Forster and Scott Robson, while Stephen Huggins and Andy Jennings netted for Billingham Synthonia in a 2-2 derby draw with Norton.