RYHOPE CW marched into the third round of the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup when they came from behind to defeat nine-man Hebburn Town on Wearside last night.
Just before the interval, former Ryhope player Callum Charlton fired the South Tynesiders into the lead, driving past Lenny French from inside the six-yard area.
Martin Swales’ side came out for the second half with all guns blazing and scored three times in 15 exciting minutes.
Chris Trewick drove wide of goalkeeper Martin Hunter from inside the penalty area and Chris Winn was also on target with an equally clinical finish.
Winn then made it three as he rounded the keeper before side-footing the ball into the empty net.
Once again, Hebburn shot themselves in the foot. With the score at 3-1 they had Charlton sent off and after 72 minutes Martyn McGonigal was also red-carded. Hebburn have now had players sent off in every one of their last six games.
In the Ebac Northern League Division One, Whitley Bay needed a stoppage-time equaliser to gain a point against Celtic Nation at Hillheads.
Ash Davis deflected a corner into his own net on 26 minutes but two minutes into the second half James Fairley levelled, leaving Celtic goalkeeper Dan Lowson with no chance.
The Cumbrians regained the lead 12 minutes from time as Jeffrey Smith finished from close range and in the 92nd minute Craig McFarlane headed in the equaliser.
West Auckland Town were another side to finish with only nine men but they were still strong enough to defeat Penrith by the only goal. Mattie Moffat cleverly lobbed the goalkeeper from 18 yards in the 55th minute.
Six minutes later, Mark Stephenson was shown red and only another two minutes elapsed before Daryl Hall was also dismissed.
In Division Two, Jarrow Roofing moved into third place – their highest rating so far – with victory over relegation-threatened Esh Winning.
Danny Carson delivered a direct free-kick after 27 minutes and three minutes later Peter Kane was left with a simple tap-in. Roofing are now eight points behind Ryhope CW with three games in hand.
After going 22 games without a win, Horden CW have taken four points from their last two matches following the appointment of the former Sunderland player John Cornforth as coach.
Despite the fact that neither side managed to break the deadlock, Chester-le-Street and the Colliers produced an entertaining game at Chester Moor Park where a draw was a fair result.
Ryton and Crawcrook Albion crashed to a 5-1 defeat at Whitehaven who were quickly three goals ahead courtesy of Kevin Connolly, Craig Robson and Matthew Tymon.
Tymon added a fourth with a spectacular overhead kick and although Mark Waite reduced the deficit, the Cumbrians went nap as Tymon completed his hat-trick.
H Patrick McClean, brother of Sunderland’s James, is a serious doubt for Sunderland RCA’s Ebac Northern League First Division game against Billingham Synthonia at the Glamal Stadium tonight.
McClean’s debut at Newcastle Benfield on Saturday lasted just 10 minutes before he was carried off after taking a heavy knock.
“The lad looked pretty lively in the few minutes he was involved but I think the injury he picked up might well keep him out tonight,” reported manager Neil Hixon, who last night took in the Jarrow Roofing and Esh Winning game.
Goalkeeper Lewis Graham is a definite absentee and his place will be taken either by Craig Shields or Eugene Ferry, who played with McClean for Derry City.
Gary Shaw, who has been out for several weeks with a groin injury, could make his comeback.
One player who will make his return is Synners’ Robbie Betson who hasn’t played this season because of a knee injury. Andrew Burton is also added to the squad after being sidelined for a month with a hamstring problem.
In Division Two, Birtley Town boss Scott Oliver will be keen for his team to replicate the performance they showed at the weekend when they tackle Stokesley SC. The pair are equal on points with Birtley just ahead of their rivals with a slightly better goals difference.
Washington, comfortably placed in mid-table, have home advantage over Tow Law Town, who are two places and a couple of points behind Richie Latimer’s team.