Ryhope on the up!

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RYHOPE CW are almost certain to finish runners-up in the Wearside League but will be promoted to the Ebac Northern League Second Division.

Stockton Town, who need just one point to retain the championship, withdrew their promotion application some time ago leaving the way open for the Wearsiders and last night ENL secretary Tony Golightly confirmed that Ryhope meet the criteria.

Ryhope’s match at Annfield Plain last night was abandoned after 67 minutes because of fog, with Bryan Norton having given the Wearsiders the lead.

The match will now be played next Wednesday, May 7, but the game is likely to be of little significance as there’s every chance Stockton will wrap up the championship when they meet Sunderland West End on Saturday.

The Teessiders took another step towards their goal with a 3-1 victory at home to Wolviston.

Kallum Hannah won the ball on the edge of the penalty area and drove a low shot under the body of keeper Chris Davidson who was beaten again before the interval with a Chris Stockton header.

Early in the second period, Billy Gatenby’s shot found the net via the inside of the post, but Stockton quickly re-established a two-goal lead as Hannah gave Davidson no chance with a clinical finish.

Ashbrooke Belford House, who play hosts Easington Colliery in the Shipowners’ Cup final on Monday, crashed to a 7-1 defeat at home to third-top Redcar Athletic.

Richie Playforth and Adam Preston each rifled a hat-trick and captain Michael Woodhouse also struck for the Seasiders. Stephen Callan hit Belford’s reply.

Easington Colliery missed the chance to move into the top six when they lost a seven-goal thriller 4-3 to Jarrow for whom Liam Bayles (2), Grant Pressling and Andrew Wilkinson netted. David Paul scored all three Easington goals.

Hartlepool, who started the night equal on points with bottom club Coxhoe Athletic, leap-frogged Leam Rangers and Boldon CA to fourth-bottom by beating neighbours Seaton Carew 2-1, thanks to Shannon Davis and Andrew Ross. Seaton led with a fifth-minute Terry Wilkinson strike.

Coxhoe, with games in hand on Leam and Boldon, were thumped 5-1 defeat at Richmond Town, for whom ace marksman Kalumn Holbrooke struck three times. Stan Vernalls and Scott McNichols also struck, with Liam Brabon responding.