Silksworth just fail to Bridge the gap

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SILKSWORTH Rangers were one of only three sides to stage a game, but their efforts were not rewarded and it was Darlington Cleveland Bridge who were the winners on Wearside.

Rangers, though, will take comfort from their performance since unlike previous results, only one goal separated the teams.

The home side breathed a sigh of relief in the 29th minute when the Bridge were awarded a penalty. Michael Carter struck the crossbar and when the ball rebounded he followed it into the net.

For a moment, Silksworth thought the referee had awarded a goal, but he quite rightly disallowed the effort because no other player had touched the ball.

Six minutes later, Rangers went ahead with a cracking goal from right back David Stevens, whose 25-yard drive found the net from the underside of the crossbar.

The home side led until midway through the second half when Anthony Campbell beat two defenders and buried his shot into the bottom corner of the goal.

With 11 minutes remaining, the unmarked Daniel McLachlan, Darlington’s leading scorer, headed in the winner.

The result leaves Rangers at the bottom of the table, two points behind Annfield Plain, who have five games in hand.

Peterlee Town travelled to Prudhoe Town, where they were denied all three points when they conceded an 88th-minute equaliser to Jamie Henderson.

The Newtowners made a dream start, taking the lead after only 10 minutes through Andrew Place, who drove wide of goalkeeper Mark Fish.

It appeared the striker’s effort might be sufficient but, with only two minutes left on the clock, substitute Henderson headed in past Kyle Donaldson following a free-kick.

Coxhoe Athletic defeated Whitehill to reach the Durham Trophy semi-finals.

Neil Charlton gave them the advantage, but two goals in five minutes from Luke Kerry turned the tables. With 10 minutes remaining, Stephen Parnaby levelled from the penalty spot, then, five minutes later,Kyle Scott headed home the winner.