RYHOPE CW made it five Wearside League wins out of six when they came from behind to defeat Seaton Carew at the seaside – but it wasn’t until added time that they were able to relax.
Lee Jones fired the home side in front after 26 minutes and just before the interval Jack Pounder levelled with a low shot.
Midway through the second half, Michael Charlton followed up to tap the ball wide of Seaton goalkeeper Gary Fleetham, but, at 2-1, it was anyone’s game.
In the 92nd minute, a low shot by Nathan O’Neil ended any hopes Seaton harboured of saving the match and three minutes later Nathan Johnson converted a penalty for a 4-1 victory.
A year ago, Silksworth CW would have travelled in trepidation to Cleator Moor Celtic, but they are a much better side this term and took the Cumbrians to the wire before losing by an only goal.
The referee signalled a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area but his assistant flagged for a penalty which Leigh Dunn fired past goalkeeper Graeme Pickering.
Sunderland West End were hit for six by Richmond Town, when seven of the eight goals were scored during a dramatic second half.
The opener was a cracking effort from 30 yards by Liam Darville and, at the halfway stage, the Wearsiders were still very much in contention.
It was a different picture in the second period, however, when the Yorkshiremen romped into a five-goal lead courtesy of John Ryan and Ben Darville, who each bagged a brace.
West End made the score more respectable with Keiran Martin and Andrew Upton on target, but, just before the end, Ryan completed his hat-trick for a 6-2 victory.
Easington Colliery are mid-table having won three and drawn three of their first six fixtures. They succumbed to Harton and Westoe for whom Shaun Flood converted a 20th-minute penalty and David Hopper headed in his team’s second goal early in the second half.
There’s still no stopping Stockton Town, who stretched their winning sequence to seven games at Annfield Plain, where Carlton McCabe (2), Scott Meehan and Chris Stockton were the marksmen in a 4-0 success.
Stockton have a five-point lead over Ryhope, who have a game in hand and Cleator Moor Celtic are third.
Redcar Athletic climbed into fourth place with a big win over unpredictable Jarrow. Michael Woodhouse (2), Alex Anderson, Adam Preston and Roy Hunter (pen) netted for Redcar, with Andrew Wilkinson having equalised for the South Tynesiders.
Wolviston enjoyed a six-goal romp at Coxhoe Athletic, where Ben Bonner rifled a hat-trick.
Bradley Mills, James Rowe and Ryan Hebb also struck but it wasn’t all one-way traffic and Wolviston goalkeeper Chris Davidson made several good saves to deny Coxhoe.
After going behind to Anthony Thompson, Hartlepool recovered and defeated Leam Rangers courtesy of Craig Lines and Shane O’Brien (2).
Horden CW made their exit from the Shipowners’ Cup following a 10-goal thriller which was decided on penalties.
At the end of 90 minutes, the score was 3-3 and following extra time it was 5-5.
Prudhoe booked their place in the next round 7-6 on penalties.