Wearside League: Silksworth lift-off as interim boss McVay makes instant impact

Adam Storey beats Chay Adamson to fire Silksworth CW ahead against Seaham Red Star Reserves
Adam Storey beats Chay Adamson to fire Silksworth CW ahead against Seaham Red Star Reserves
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Interim manager Michael McVay celebrated a victory in his first game in charge of lowly Silksworth CW on Saturday.

Adam Storey rounded Seaham Red Star Reserves’ goalkeeper Chay Adamson to hit the opener on six minutes and, although the visitors did not concede again in the opening half, they leaked a further three goals during the second period to Jack Murphy, Kieran Mitchell and Jon Harper as Silksworth ran out 4-0 winners.

No doubt Murton also enjoyed a little celebration when they claimed their first point at the 11th attempt.

Prudhoe Town’s Nicky Shepherd put through his own goal and, after Aaron Fletcher equalised, Murton comfortably held on for a 1-1 draw.

Sunderland West End were toppled from pole position when they lost for the first time, 2-1 to improving Hartlepool.

The visitors made a flying start at Ford Quarry, with Matthew Gardner heading them in front from a corner with only two minutes on the watch.

Just before the hour mark, West End were again caught out by a corner and this time Craig Wetherill headed past goalkeeper Chris Smith.

Shortly afterwards, Mark Catcheside halved the deficit from the penalty spot, but Pool, now in fifth position following an indifferent start to the season, held on for a 2-1 win.

Three-time champions Stockton Town are now at the top after they thumped Harton and Westoe CW 8-2.

The South Tynesiders survived for 25 minutes, but the floodgates opened with Kallum Hannah (4), Tony Johnson (3) and Chris Stockton grabbing the goals.

In the last couple of minutes, Shaun Carroll and Adam Smith gave Harton some consolation.

Horden CW are in the top six following their come-from-behind victory at Spennymoor Town Reserves.

Ross Morrow headed Moors in front, but, in the 70th minute, captain Max Stoker restored parity. Soon afterwards, substitute David Halliday hit Horden’s winner following a corner.

Although twice in front, Boldon CA had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Wolviston.

Home goalkeeper Mark Ferguson conceded a fifth-minute penalty, which was fired home by Adam Bell. Ryan Hebb curled in a direct free-kick for a 25th-minute equaliser, but Boldon regained the lead with a good effort from Tom West.

Ben Larkin went on a mazy run past defenders and opened up the opportunity for Chris Fairless to fire in Wolviston’s second equaliser from 15 yards.

It wasn’t until the 77th minute that Liam Bayles converted a penalty for Jarrow’s opener at home to Richmond Town, but captain Scott Ryan equalised six minutes later with a good finish from the edge of the penalty area.

The game was into stoppage time when Liam Clark opened up the Richmond defence and Andrew Wilkinson placed a clinical finish wide of goalkeeper Carl Latcham to earn Jarrow a 2-1 win.

Leam Rangers were well beaten at Whitehaven, for whom Kevin Connolly and Liam Stamp both scored in a 4-0 victory.

Another Cumbrian side, Cleator Moor Celtic, also won 4-0, at Annfield Plain. Leigh Dunn bagged a brace, with Adam Meagan and Liam Johnstone also beating goalkeeper Craig Stacey.