Sunderland West End Ladies overcame Cramlington United Ladies in a thrilling encounter in the North East Regional Women’s Football League North.

Goals from Allison Ferris and Nicole O’Hara gave West End a two goal advantage before a brace from Chloe Roylance ensured the two sides were level at the break.

Shannon Carlin gave the away side the lead, before a second from Ferris and a brace from Kristen Whitfield secured the points for West End.

The result sees West End move into second place, whilst Cramlington remain in ninth.

West End went close 11 minutes in when Ferris set Kay Mills away down the wing to cross low for Constandina Panayi, only for her effort to go wide from eight yards out.

West End took the lead 33 minutes in when Rowley’s speculative through ball found Ferris who beat the offside trap to round opposition keeper Brooke Hayward and tap home.

The hosts doubled their lead three minutes later when O’Hara was brought down in the box by Gemma Laurie. O’Hara stepped up to take the penalty and struck past the Hayward into the bottom left hand corner.

Cramlington were back in the game three minutes before half-time when Rowley mistimed a backward header which Roylance took round West End keeper Toni Deacon to half the deficit.

Roylance scored again just two minutes later when Carlin intercepted the ball in midfield, before playing in the striker to send a looping strike into the top corner leaving Deacon no chance.

Cramlington took the lead in the 59th minute when Carlin took advantage of some confusion in the West End defence to curl the ball into the bottom right hand corner.

The home side responded in the 63rd minute when Mills played through Ferris. Her initial effort was saved by Hayward but the striker made no mistake to follow up and tap home to equalise for the hosts.

West End retook the lead in the 67th minute when Mills dispossessed Abby Russell in the box, before her low cross found Whitfield who spun and buried the ball into the bottom left hand corner.

West End regained their two goal advantage with 13 minutes to go when Panayi won the ball off Sarah Wheeler, before sending Whitfield through to place a precise finish past Hayward to complete her brace.

The visitors pushed forward to salvage a draw but West End stayed resilient in defence to see out an important win.