SILKSWORTH Rangers gave another encouraging performance but they are still waiting for that elusive win after going down by the odd goal in three to fourth-top Jarrow in last night’s Wearside League game.
Following early pressure, the South Tynesiders went ahead on 17 minutes. Brian Johnson volleyed into the top corner of the net from 12 yards, beating John McLean who stood in at short notice because regular keeper Adam Don was ill.
Rangers quickly retaliated and in the 27th minute Simon French crossed for Glen Hargreaves to glance a header wide of goalkeeper Lee Burrell.
With time running out it appeared Silksworth would at least claim a point but with three minutes remaining their hopes were dashed as substitute Chris Lunn fired past McLean from 20 yards.
Annfield Plain now have an eight-point lead over bottom-of-the-table Silksworth, following their surprise victory against eighth-top Harton and Westoe.
Alan Robinson was an early scorer, firing wide of Harton goalkeeper Andrew Hunter and it wasn’t until the 50th minute that Shaun Edwards restored parity.
Almost immediately, though, Mattie Wilson claimed the winner for Annfield who celebrated only their fifth success in 22 games.
Willington extended their lead at the top of the table to five points when they went nap against Cleator Moor Celtic at Hall Lane.
Chris Hardy was the only first-half marksman but the hosts dominated the second period when further goals flowed from Jason White, Hardy, Adam Sakr and Paul Bayles.
Easington Colliery made an abortive journey to Redcar Athletic, whose floodlights once again failed. It’s unlikely that any further attempts will be made to play under the Green Lane lights this season.