Wearside League: Hit-for-six Horden must wish their game was off too

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The season had already been extended to May 16 before a further eight games were called off at the weekend, leaving secretary Kevin Harrison with even more fixtures to fit in.

Only two matches went ahead and both were in Cumbria, which escaped the worst of the elements.

With hindsight, perhaps Horden CW and Hartlepool hoped that their games had also fallen victim to the weather.

Until their previous game, Horden had conceded a respectable 41 goals in 28 fixtures, but they’ve leaked 18 in the last two.

Following a 12-goal blitz by leaders Stockton Town, they were hit for six on their visit to Cleator Moor Celtic.

Ryan Hall and Dion Barnes fired the Cumbrians into an early two-goal cushion, but the Colliers’ hopes were raised by Kieran Thompson’s clinical 20-yard strike.

At half time, there was little between the sides, but Cleator dominated the second period.

Leigh Dunn, Adam Meagan and Hall, who completed a hat-trick, sent Horden on the long travel home having suffered another heavy defeat – this time by a 6-1 margin.

Hartlepool, too, returned from Cumbria pointless although their defeat at Whitehaven was only by a single goal.

Josh Green was an early scorer for the hosts and, after Matthew Gardner equalised, Whitehaven went in at the break ahead courtesy of Greg Quayle. Quayle made it three after an hour and three minutes later Pool went down to 10 men with the dismissal of Chris Birbeck.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, the visitors managed a second goal as Sam Cook converted an 88th-minute penalty, but Whitehaven held on for all three points.

Five games are scheduled for tonight, including Silksworth CW at home to Cleator Moor (7.45pm).