Hornets are making sure top spot is reserved
HEBBURN Town Reserves took full advantage of a slip-up by Wolviston to open up a four-point lead at the top of the Wearside League.
Dylan Nesbitt got the only goal of the game to help the table-topping Hornets to a narrow home win against struggling Darlington Town.
That was enough to open up a gap to second-placed Wolviston after they were beaten at home by Silksworth CW.
Adam Storey gave the visitors the lead on 28 minutes but it was shortlived as Stewart Bath got Wolviston back level moments later.
But three goals in the last 12 minutes from Harry Munday, Nick Smith and John Maddison helped Silksworth to an impressive win over a Wolviston side that were reduced to 10 men by Mikey McGee’s secondhalf red card.
Sunderland West End lie fourth after a comfortable 4-1 home win against Darlington RA.
First-half goals from Brad Foster, Mark Robinson and Bryan Norton gave West End a 3-1 half-time lead and Kev Gordon’s goal 20 minutes after the restart ended any hopes of a comeback by the visitors.
Richmond Town moved into the top six with a 3-0 home win against West Auckland Tuns thanks to goals from Shaun Smith, Nigel Hanson and Gary Walker.
Hartlepool FC made it six games unbeaten as goals from Jamie Tumilty and Lee Jones helped them to a 2-1 win at Gateshead Leam Rangers.
Mark Ruddick scored for the hosts as they pushed Terry Hill’s men without reward.
Horden CW came from behind to secure a 2-1 win at Boldon CA.
Liam McBryde put the hosts ahead just after half-time but Horden claimed the points through goals from John Bowes and Davey Stevens.
And Coxhoe Athletic are still looking for their first win of the league season as a hat-trick from Dan Maddison and goals from Carlos Malpass and Jack Watson condemned them to a 5-3 defeat at Annfield Plain.