WITH the pair neck and neck at the top of the table, the outcome of Wednesday's clash between Redcar Athletic and Ryhope CW could have a significant bearing on the destination of the championship.
Until recently, Ryhope looked impregnable but after conceding two points against Ashbrooke Belford House, they were surprisingly held to a draw by Coxhoe Athletic who produced the shock of the season on Saturday.
John Butler fired the Wearsiders into an interval lead but Dan Beaney and Vinny Gash struck and by midway through the second half, Coxhoe were in front.
Butler levelled and Richard Jordan headed Ryhope ahead only for Gash to score his second goal and earn bottom-of-the-table Coxhoe a totally unexpected point.
Redcar Athletic could hardly believe their rival’s result. The Seasiders edged past Cleator Moor Celtic and now have a three-point lead over Ryhope, who have a game in hand and a better goals difference.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for Redcar though and so organised was the Cleator Moor defence that they allowed their opponents only three shots on goal all afternoon.
Willington shared the points at Jarrow for whom Ryan Burton was an early marksman. Stephen Howe levelled and Willington remain fifth-top, a point in front of Jarrow.
Wolviston just had the edge on Gateshead Leam Rangers. Adam Woodhouse fired them into the lead with a quickly taken free-kick before Robert Allen restored parity.
Before the interval, Watson struck the winner for Wolviston.
Kirbymoorside are third from the basement after going down 3-2 to Ashbrooke Belford House. Tom Ellis and Sarjo Cham netted for the Yorkshiremen with Glen Moan, David Scott and Andrew Scott replying.