Silksworth CW moved into the top half of the Wearside League for the first time this season with last night’s 3-1 home victory over Jarrow at Welfare Park.
The game only went ahead following three pitch inspections and the home side quickly established a lead as Adam Storey slotted the ball past goalkeeper Lee Burrell from 10 yards.
Before the half hour mark, David Stevens went past three defenders and found the net to double the lead for Sean Butler’s men, but Jarrow hit back strongly, with Liam Bailes halving the deficit on 41 minutes.
Andrew Brown, on loan from Sunderland RCA, restored Silksworth’s two-goal advantage in the 61st minute.
He was first to pounce when Burrell palmed a corner.
The win gives Silksworth the perfect boost ahead of Saturday’s derby clash with ground-sharing rivals Ashbrooke Belford House.
The top-of-the-table clash between leaders Redcar Athletic and Stockton Town ended 2-2.
Andy Jennings and Sam Webster netted for the Seasiders, with Stephen Roberts and Adam Nicholson on target for Stockton, who remain five points behind Redcar with as many games in hand.
In the only Ebac Northern League game to go ahead last night, Guisborough Town and Dunston UTS drew 1-1 in a close-fought First Division match.
Jonathan Helm’s free-kick beat the wall and UTS goalkeeper Liam Connell, who was injured attempting to save.
He was replaced by Andrew Clarke and, midway through the opening half, Stephen Richardson levelled for the Tynesiders after Guisborough keeper Nick Liversedge could not hold onto a powerful header from Malcolm Morien.
Ryhope CW missed the chance to climb into third place in Division Two when a waterlogged pitch forced off their scheduled trip to Brandon United. Esh Winning’s home date with Billingham Synthonia was also called off.