Silksworth CW manager Jamie Cole hails his side after cup win
Silksworth CW manager Jamie Cole lauded his side after they reached the Shipowners Charity Cup semi-final with a home win against Gateshead Leam Rangers.
Silksworth had to do things the hard way after they fell behind to a James Wood goal nine minutes before half-time.
Liam Mulvain restored parity with a fine header ahead of the interval and the striker would go on to complete his hat-trick during the second half.
Josh Perry was also on target as Cole notched up his first win since he was appointed as Silksworth manager and he revealed that a back-to-basics approached helped his side into the last four.
He told The Echo: “I couldn’t have asked the lads to produce anything better that what they did on Saturday.
“We outplayed them all over the park and we scored four headers against a big, physical side.
“We changed our formation, we went back-to-basics and I think it’s something we may need to stick to in the future.”
Wolviston also claimed a place in the last four with a penalty shoot-out win against Durham United.
The visitors took the lead twice in the game as Adam Watson and Liam Butler found the net – but equalisers from Mikey McGee and Jake Stott took the tie to penalties.
And it was Wolviston that held their nerve with a 5-4 win in the shoot-out.
Horden CW remain nine points clear at the top of the Wearside League table after a quickfire brace from David Doughty and a Robert Renwick goal helped the leaders to a 3-0 home win against Windscale.
Darlington Town still lie in second after Nathan Wilson got the only goal of the game in their win at Farringdon Detached and FC Hartlepool moved into third as second half strikes from Matty Gardner, Kieran Voss and Jamie Tumilty gave them a 3-0 win at Annfield Plain.
A late goal from Levi Collins gave Boldon CA the South Tyneside bragging rights after they beat local rivals Hebburn Town Reserves at the Energy Check Sports Ground.
The result helped Boldon extend their impressive run of form since the turn of the year and manager David Crumbie revealed his delight at his side’s change in fortunes.
He said: “We are over the moon with the lads since the turn of the year and I hope we can keep this going.
“There is a different feel in both training and matchdays.
“There has been a lot of change on and off the pitch this season and it’s taken longer than I hoped to get it going.
“We have two aims now and the coaches push this a lot.
“Firstly, we have to enjoy it, and secondly we have to work hard.
“If we do both of those, and I am confident we will, we will be able to keep this run up.”
Jonathan Hope and Phil Park both scored twice in Darlington RA’s 6-0 home win against West Auckland Tunns.
Ciaran Banks and Aaron Chapman were also on target for the former Northern League club.