West End on easy street, but Hodgson keeps the score down

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SUNDERLAND West End coasted to a 4-0 home Shipowners’ Cup victory against Kirkbymoorside on Saturday.

But for the heroics of goalkeeper Tim Hodgson, the margin of victory would have been much greater.

He was powerless to prevent John Coomber converting an eighth-minute penalty, with Grant Foster quickly doubling the advantage, heading in at the back post.

Hodgson was left exposed in a one-on-one situation as Adam McQuillan made it three, with Coomber adding a fourth just before half-time.

Coxhoe Athletic enjoyed a superb 2-0 success against Harton and Westoe, who went into the tie on the back of three consecutive victories.

Vinny Gash converted a penalty opener, giving keeper Andrew Hunter no chance after being fouled for the spot-kick, and Neil Charlton broke on the left to fire home a powerful, 75th-minute clincher.

Neighbours Peterlee Town and Easington Colliery both endured agony in the Shipowners’ Cup.

Peterlee were convincingly outgunned 3-0 away to Boldon CA, for whom Adam Sharp’s brace and a Kyle Houlsby strike did the damage.

Easington also slipped up, going down 3-1 at Cleator Moor Celtic, with Stephen Bagshaw firing a penalty reply at 1-1. Leigh Dunn fired Cleator ahead, and two goals in six minutes by Glyn Edwards, before the interval, sealed the visitors’ fate.

Leam Rangers exited 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw against Seaton Carew, in which Dale Bell grabbed a last-gasp leveller, while Redcar Athletic won 2-1 at Richmond Town and Stockton Town lost 2-1 to visitors Hartlepool.