Wearside League: Battling Silksworth win praise after spirited defeat to table-topping Jarrow

Ashbrooke Belford House (stripes) battle in vain against South Shields Reserves. Picture by Tim Nicholson
Ashbrooke Belford House (stripes) battle in vain against South Shields Reserves. Picture by Tim Nicholson
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Silksworth CW were unable to complete a rapid double against league leaders Jarrow on Saturday.

But, despite, their 3-1 defeat at Perth Green, the never-say-die Wearsiders remain in fourth place in the table.

South Shields Reserves (white shirts) take on Ashbrooke Belford House

South Shields Reserves (white shirts) take on Ashbrooke Belford House

Jarrow, outgunned 4-1 by Silksworth in the Monkwearmouth Cup the previous week, opened the scoring in the 38th minute, when Kai Elliott’s brilliant curling shot found the top corner, giving Joe Clayton in goal, no chance of saving.

It was not until the 73rd minute that the home side doubled their lead, Peter Kane firing in from a tight angle after Callum Smith had put through a good pass.

Silksworth showed impressive character to get back in the match two minutes later, when Adam Storey found the net with a 20-yard shot.

But the game was over shortly after, when Elliott crossed to Jonny Hurst, who tapped the ball home from two yards to restore Jarrow’s two-goal advantage.

Jarrow boss Dave Bell, enjoying his 13th win in 16 league games, hailed Silksworth’s performance, saying: “Full credit goes to Silksworth, who are a very good side and we knew we had to play well and work hard to get anything out of the game, which we did.

“Overall, we are absolutely delighted with the win and the performance.

“The lads worked really hard throughout the whole game and deserved our win. We were particularly impressive in the second half when the football we played was excellent.”

Seaham Red Star Reserves had a fine 3-2 away win at lowly Wolviston.

They raced into a 3-0 lead within the first 20 minutes. Andrew Johnson smashed the ball home on six minutes, Michael Bulmer made it 2-0 two minutes later, following awful defending by the home side, and the prolificBulmer scored his second in the 20th minute, when he beat the offside trap and fired past Chris Davidson in goal.

Wolviston came out fighting in the second half and scored two goals in three minutes. Nathan Mohun netted on 57 minutes and Josh Chambers swept home two minutes late.

Despite constant pressure from Wolviston, Red Star Reserves held out for the win and the three points.

Harton & Westoe CW followed up their first win of the season in midweek, with a brilliant fightback against Hartlepool, in an entertaining 3-3 draw.

Pool were 2-0 up thanks to goals from Andrew Blackburn (fifth minute) and Jamie Tumilty (73rd minute), but David Graham pulled one back in the 78th minute.

The visitors regained their two-goal advantage when Tumilty’s second of the game, came from the penalty spot.

Straight from the kick off, Graham scored his second of the match, when his long-range shot from the halfway line made it 3-2 and, in dramatic style, Jason Presling headed home past Josh Noble in the Hartlepool goal, for a share of the points, with three minutes left on the clock.

Sunderland West End progressed into the first round of the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup, following an excellent win at Coxhoe Athletic.

The tie was effectively settled by the 20th minute.

Matthew Halliday‘s low shot beat keeper David Atkinson for the opening goal after 15 minutes. Five minutes later, Callum Hodgson’s deflected shot gave Atkinson no chance.

West End maintained their clean sheet with a strong defensive action to deny Coxhoe a way back into the tie.

Leam Rangers crashed out, losing 4-1 at home to Richmond Town, while Annfield Plain fought well to secure a 1-0 success at Darlington 1883 Reserves.

Stokesley SC defeated Windscale 2-1 away.

There were two first round ties too.

Ashbrooke Belford House disappointed in a 3-0 defeat at home to South Shields Reserves.

The game was tight all the way through until Oliver Martin put the visitors ahead 20 minutes from time. Matthew Davidson added a second on 80 minutes and Ryan Bolam tapped home in the last minute, to seal the win.

Boldon CA were well beaten 4-2 at home by Redcar Athletic.

The Teessiders stormed 3-0 up after a Chris Atkinson header on 14 minutes was followed by James Swan’s 25th-minute strike and a great effort from Charlie Raby five minutes before the break.

Aaron Williams threw Boldon a lifeline with a goal just before half time.

Sam Webster then brought the home side back into the tie in the 80th minute, when he scored following a mistake by keeper Will Lawrence.

But, four minutes later Oliver Bunn’s shot found the net, to put Athletic through to the next round.