SILKSWORTH CW had high hopes of moving into the top six when they travelled to Seaton Carew on Saturday, but it was the Seasiders who came out on top when they scored twice in the last six minutes to claim a 3-1 success.
The Hartlepool side went ahead after just eight minutes when Luke Naylor supplied the pass from which Lewis Turner scored his first goal for the club.
Naylor again opened up the Silksworth defence but David Wilson headed wide and when Mattie Kelsey broke clear of the visitors’ defence it took an excellent save by Joe Clayton to prevent Mark McGinley’s side from conceding a second goal.
Towards the interval, Silksworth came more into the game and, after Michael Reynolds headed narrowly wide, they levelled on 44 minutes.
Reynolds beat Naylor at the corner flag and his cross was despatched into the net by Liam Gill.
Silksworth were on top in the early stages of the second half and Seaton goalkeeper Gary Fleetham denied both Gill and Kelsey to keep the score level.
In the last six minutes, however, the Wearsiders conceded twice. David Wilson broke and after beating a defender, he chipped Clayton.
A minute later, it was all over for Silks-worth as Turner made an excellent run down the right flank and his cross was fired home by Kelsey.
In the only other game to be played, Horden CW went down to title hopefuls Stockton Town, whose man-of-the-match was hat-trick hero Kallum Hannah.
The Colliers held their own until the 40th minute when Hannah beat goalkeeper Stephen Hubery with a good finish. Keith Brown’s side had chances to equalise, hitting the post and having an effort cleared off the line, but their hopes of saving the game evaporated when they conceded a soft second goal in the 71st minute. Hannah’s shot simply rolled into the unguarded net.
Two minutes from the end, Stockton made it 3-0 as Hannah struck with a superb strike from 25 yards which rocketed into the top corner of the net.
Stockton are now just a couple of points behind leaders Ryhope CW with the sides having played the same number of games. Ryhope, the only unbeaten side, have a significantly better goal difference.