Silksworth on fire in derby romp

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SILKSWORTH CW last night rose to the dizzy heights of eighth place in the Wearside League when they enjoyed a stunning 4-1 victory over neighbours Sunderland West End.

After David Paul had failed to convert a penalty for fifth-top West End, Liam Gill drove in a rebound for Silksworth’s opener on 18 minutes.

Ten minutes later, Ashley Davis made it two with a clinical strike from well outside the penalty area.

West End hit back through John Coomber, but almost immediately Silksworth’s two-goal cushion was restored when Gill scored his second goal of the night.

It was just about all over for the visitors when Davis scored again with another cracking drive from outside the box. To compound a bad night for West End, they had Darren George sent off on 86 minutes after he received a second yellow card.

Ryhope CW missed the chance to go top when they were held to a 1-1 draw by sixth-placed Richmond Town.

The Wearsiders have been scoring goals for fun all season, but they managed only one and that came from a penalty, converted by Nathan O’Neil on 16 minutes.

Richmond replied from the spot after an hour as Kalumn Holbrook beat home goalkeeper Neil Bussey. Ryhope stay second, a point behind leaders Stockton Town with the sides now having played the same number of games.

Cleator Moor Celtic are looking ominous and they moved into third place with a crushing 6-1 victory at Boldon CA, where the goals flowed from top marksman Leigh Dunn, with a hat-trick, Stuart Shaw (2) and Bradley Rooney.

Craig Walsh was credited with Boldon’s only success.

Leam Rangers are still without a win and prop up the table after going down in an eight-goal thriller at Harton and Westoe CW.

Hat-trick hero Damon Cotter, Philip Lawton and goalkeeper Alan Greenan, who scored a spectacular goal when he kicked the ball out of his hands, were Harton’s marksmen in a 5-3 success, with Michael Urwin, Leon Kane and Jordan Stevens replying for Leam.

Two games were postponed. An electrical failure prevented the fixture between Horden CW and Jarrow from going ahead, while a waterlogged pitch ruled out any play at Prudhoe Town against Hartlepool.

H Because of yesterday’s heavy rain, Silksworth CW’s friendly game against Bishop Auckland, scheduled for tonight, has been cancelled.