A first-ever win at Cleator Moor Celtic extended Sunderland West End’s impressive start to the season on Saturday – and they remain just a point behind leaders Redcar Athletic.
Keiron Martin completed a superb West End move to open the scoring on the stroke of half-time, and Anth Nelson’s side doubled the lead immediately after the restart, when Barry Turton gave goalkeeper Craig Devine no chance.
Callum Birdsall headed in to give Cleator hope, but the Wearsiders finished strongly and Turton’s second goal just before the end cemented a fine 3-1 win.
West End – next in action when Prudhoe Town visit Ford Quarry on Wednesday (6.30pm) – and Stockton Town are the only teams with 100 per cent records, but Redcar Athletic who are the early-season front-runners with four wins and a draw.
Despite scoring first with a superb effort by Kieran Mitchell, Silksworth CW were unable to halt Redcar’s good start and they lost 3-1, with Chris Bivens, Andrew Jennings and Lewis Wood netting for the Teessiders.
At the bottom, newcomers Murton and Seaham Red Star Reserves remain winless.
Murton faced Wolviston, who started the day just a point better off, and the visitors emerged 2-1 victors late on.
Andrew Blackburn gave them an early advantage and, although Michael Heckles threw Murton a lifeline on the hour mark, Blackburn was on target again with the winning goal five minutes from time.
Seaham, with one point from four games, conceded five times to Richmond Town, whose marksmen were Mark Sims, with two penalties, Tony Callaghan, Michael Elliott and Ben Darville. Craig Garthwaite scored a consolation for the visitors.
Ashbrooke Belford House are also in the bottom four, with two points out of a possible 15.
Dominic Laws cancelled out Luke Larkin’s sixth-minute strike for Hartlepool, but a powerful second-half performance swept Hartlepool to a 4-1 victory. Larkin made it two on 49 minutes and, in the last seven minutes, the Wearsiders conceded further goals to Carl O’Sullivan and Alex Marshall.
Horden CW came from behind to edge hosts Boldon CA by the odd goal in three.
Adam Sharp netted for Boldon, but, after Evann Graham equalised, David Southern hit the winner for Keith Brown’s team.
Jarrow eased past Prudhoe Town 3-0 and are up to sixth. Brodie Simpson bagged a brace and Chris Allen converted a spot-kick.
Champions Stockton Town stretched their winning sequence to three games with a 4-0 romp over Leam Rangers and are still to concede a goal. Max Craggs (2), Adam Nicholson and Chris Stockton notched.
Michael Brown was an early marksman for Annfield Plain, but Harton and Westoe CW quickly rallied for a 3-1 victory, thanks to Joe Kerridge and Shaun Heads (2)
Spennymoor Town Reserves comfortably saw off Whitehaven in a 4-0 cruise.
Ross Hunter struck twice in the opening half before Gavin Brown’s fine individual goal and an equally impressive effort from Connor Dunlavey made it four.