West End see off Easington for League Cup progress

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SUNDERLAND West End celebrated returning to action on Saturday with victory over Easington Colliery in the first round of the Wearside League Cup.

David Keighley broke the deadlock right on the stroke of half-time when he rounded goalkeeper Graeme Pickering and 10 minutes into the second half West End doubled the lead with a clinical finish from 20 yards by Adam McQuillen.

With 10 minutes remaining, the hopes of Easington rose as Aaron Doyle headed wide of keeper Neil Bussey but five minutes later Chris Pearson scored a decisive third goal for the Wearsiders, firing in a right-foot shot.

Jarrow also made it into Round Two with an excellent performance and result at Willington, who have lost only once in the league.

James Seymour delivered a first-time effort from 14 yards past Jarrow goalkeeper Lee Burrell on 54 minutes and after Shaun Heads equalised, Grant Pressling broke clear and fired over the head of keeper David Moffat for the winner.

Only three games went ahead in the league. Ashbrooke Belford House eventually proved too strong for Hartlepool, winning 4-2.

Mike Wharton gave them a 35th-minute lead but within a minute Jamie Davies restored parity. Belford House then went two goals ahead thanks to David Scott and Martin Deacon only for Luke Wallace to cut the deficit and leave the outcome wide open.

In the later stages, Steve Callan completed a good move with Kyle Anderson, to round off the scoring.

Peterlee Town went down by the odd goal at Boldon CA for who Adam Bell struck either side of half time. With 13 minutes remaining, Calvin Magnus threw the Newtowners a lifeline but Boldon held on.

Stuart Poulter was a first-half marksman for Redcar Athletic but Prudhoe Town enjoyed a lot of possession in the second period and deservedly claimed a point with Stephen Foster’s 71st-minute strike.