Ryhope go clear

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RYHOPE CW extended their lead at the top of the Wearside League table to five points with a comfortable 3-0 home victory over Jarrow last night.

Nathan O’Neil despatched a 21st-minute penalty wide of goalkeeper Richard Swan for the opener.

Swan was beaten again seven minutes later as Richard Jordan scored the best goal of Ryhope’s three, a cracking volley from 15 yards.

Any hopes Jarrow harboured of saving the game just about ended on the hour mark when Martin Metcalfe was also on target to complete the scoring.

Stockton Town, whose fixture at Boldon CA was postponed, remain second with a game in hand on Paul Bennett’s side, who enjoy a considerably superior goals difference.

Ashbrooke Belford House edged Wolviston 3-2 when all five goals were scored in the opening 44 minutes at Silksworth.

The visitors made a dream start with Billy Gatenby giving them the lead in the first minute, but three minutes later Stephen Callan headed in the equaliser.

Nathan Burrell gave Ashbrooke the advantage only for Billy Bonner to equalise. A minute before the interval, Dominic Laws scored what proved to be the winning goal.

Easington Colliery progressed in the League Cup following an eventful second round tie at Prudhoe Town.

Dale Spence was an early marksman for Paul Frame’s side and they held the lead until the 56th minute.

Kai Hewitson was brought down and Colliers’ goalkeeper Kyle Donaldson was sent off before Paul Oxley converted the penalty to level for Prudhoe.

Easington were then awarded a spot-kick on 70 minutes which resulted in Prudhoe’s Kevin Moreland being red-carded. Michael Noble fired home and 10 minutes later Spence scored his second goal of the night to ease the Colliers home.

Richmond Town made their longest journey of the season to Cleator Moor Celtic, only for the game to be abandoned after 36 minutes because of a floodlight failure.