Match Report for week ending 08th May 2010

Aquatic Sports celebrated well into the early hours of Saturday morning after they were victorious in winning the TWR Commercial League Cup Final against Chesters BB at Meadow Park. It was a cracking game which was decided on penalties after they game had finished 1-1 after extra time.
 
Conditions were sublime for the occasion with the sun shining and a nice cool breeze and a good game of football was anticipated, Chesters started off the better side moving the ball around well but were let down by the final pass. Aquatic were struggling to get their game going and were on the backfoot for a long spell and only last ditch defending and good keeping stopped the Chesters taking the lead. Just after the half hour and it was Chesters who took a deserved lead as Ian ‘Redgy’ Redman rose highest to thump a header into the roof of the net to spark wild celebrations on and off the pitch. This sprung Aquatic into life and they finished the first half the stronger side.
 
The second half was a different contrast to the first as Aquatic came out a totally different side, manager David Hoey was rumoured to have thrown a flask and a dozen plastic cups off the dressing room wall in disgust at his sides performance in the first half.
Aquatic set about Chesters like a pride of lions stalking their prey before they move in for the kill, the equaliser duly arrived on 55 minutes as a corner was floated in and was met by Scott Johnston who headed it over the line amid desperate claims from the Chesters saying it had not crossed the line, the Russian linesman on the far side signalled the ball crossed the line 1-1. The rest of the half saw Aquatic camped in the Chesters half and chances were created but shocking misses and good goalkeeping kept the scores level to send the game into extra time.
 
Extra time saw both sides tire as the game was now stretched and end to end but very few chances were created and a penalty shoot-out loomed.
 
Aquatic won the shoot-out 4-3 thanks to superb saves from the impressive Kyle Donaldson.
 
A jubilant Dave Hoey, Aquatic manager couldn’t contain his delight “what can i say? I’ve got tears in me eyes and a lump in me throat but credit to the lads they kept going to the end and i thought our keeper was top drawer. We are gonna celebrate in style at Kev Wilsons’ house with a bottle of Thunderbird and homemade spam fritters”.
 
Washington Cricket Club dished out a 7-1 thrashing to The Cove as they got the points they need to win the First Division title.
The game started slowly for the Cricketers with the visitors having a few opportunities early on. But once Ross Alsopp scored the first goal there was no way back for The Cove as the floodgates opened.  Further goals from Phil Ingram 2, David Fittes, Anthony Dixon and Chris Ingram 2 put the game to bed with The Cove scoring a consolation goal midway through the first half.
 
Once the final whistle went the celebrations started and the champagne corks were popping, the Cricketers won the league by going unbeaten, a remarkable achievement earning them the title of ‘the invincibles’. Richard Shenton starred for the Cove.
 
Colliery Tavern finished runners up and couldn’t find any form as they suffered a 3-2 defeat against a resurgent Hylton Colliery Juniors at the Billy Hardy Centre.
Star man Anthony Stokell and David Dixon hit the goals for the Tavern.
 
Cambridge Hotel finished the season on a high as they put together a fantastic performance to defeat Times Inn 6-2.
Anthony Mullen led the way with a super hattrick, Craig McShane kept up his goalscoring form by grabbing a brace and Gavin Mullen completed the rout. Goals for the Times Inn were score by Michael Donkin and Norman Newton.
 
East Durham Spartans and Shiney Row Country Park Inn shared the points as they fought out an enthralling 3-3 draw.
 
On Wednesday night Sassco Uk were never at the races as they fell to a sorry 6-2 at the hands of a rampant East Durham Spartans. The former fielded a depleted side and despite goals from Muers (2) and Andy Turner, they just couldn’t repel an attack minded Spartans.
 
Arms City Coachworks have ended their season on a whimper as the suffered defeat in their last 3 games.
 
They lost 3-1 against a spirited Sassco Uk thanks to goals from Nicky Smith (2) and Ramsay.
 
They also had two midweek games and lost both 1-0 against Colliery Tavern and Hylton Colliery Juniors.
 
In the Premier Division Redhouse clinched the runners up spot as they put in a smashing team performance to clinch a 5-3 victory at home to champions Jolly Potters.
 
  In a game of chances galore Redhouse quickly found themselves 2-0 up as Liam Wooton and Dale Huggins applied the finishes to fine flowing moves involving the wizard Trigger Melia.  Jolly Potter then came roaring back into the game and unbelievably found themselves 3-2 ahead in a matter of no time.  Centre half Basher Thompson got the pick of them with a stunning bicycle kick following a quick counter attack. Redhouse tried to respond but Wooton and Huggins both saw their efforts cannon off the bar.   Redhouse management team read the riot act for letting the lead slip and it had the desired effect as they came out a different team after the break.  Trigger Melia fired in the equalizer, the goal seemed to end Potters interest in the game as they had already wrapped up the title and had little to gain from flying into challenges and closing down on a hot day when playing for nothing.  However Redhouse contrived to miss chance after chance after chance, Tommy Bell, Liam Wooton and Lee Melia being the main culrprits.   It took captain Dale Huggins to show the forwards how it was done, when in the 75th minute he broke from midfield and blasted home into the top corner his 12th goal in only his 12th game since signing. There was to be let drama as Redhouse were reduced to ten men with Gareth Brazier seeing red.  Potters would had looked disinterested for most of the second half suddenly sensed the chance to have the last laugh on the day and started attacking Redhouse with purpose. However as they committed more men forward Liam Wooton broke and was hauled down for a penalty.   Last minute sub Teeb "the waterboy" Farrah  grabbed the ball,  much to the horror and annoyance of the Redhouse management and fans, but  to everyones relief (not least his own)  his  scuffed penalty just about made it across the line after the keeper had guessed the wrong way.   Dale Huggins was yet again man of the match for Redhouse, who on reflection will curse a horrid couple of months just before christmas which effectively cost them a chance of having a proper tilt at the title.   
Houghton Town B had to settle for a point as Dawdon CW rallied to claim a 4-4 draw.
Andrew Steele stole the show as he helped himself to a sublime hattrick and was ably assisted with a strike from star man Lee Southern.
 
Colonel Prior ended their season with a bang as they thumped Blue House 6-2 at Stannington Grove.
 
 From the start of the game the Prior were solid all over the pitch and defended well when needed. Prior took the lead with Pescod hitting a free kick from his own half over the Blue House keeper and into the net. Dave Mitchell finished well from great work and cross from Pescod to make it 2-0. Blue House got one back after a horrid mistake from the Prior defender.
The second half saw the Prior continue playing well and ended up scoring 4 more goals, Gary Mitchell hit two more goals to complete his hattrick and strikes from Ross McLagan and Dale Spence penalty completed the scoring.
 
The League will now have 5 new teams for the 2010/2011 season as Victoria Gardens became the latest team to join in what will be a more than competitive league next season.
 

Match Report for Week Ending 1st May 2010

Washington Cricket Club only need to win their final game of the season to win the First Division championship, they were given a right scare though as they left it late to clinch a dramatic 3-2 win away to a stubborn and well organised Sassco Uk.
 
Washington started brightly playing their expansive, fluent football and were creating opportunities using the full width of the pitch. They were rewarded for their endeavour when slick movement down the right allowed Ross Allsop to pull the ball back for Costa Lorraine to expertly flick the ball high over the keeper and into the far corner to give the Cricketers a deserved lead.
Instead of building on their early lead Washington took their foot off the pedal and allowed Sassco back into the game, with poor passes going astray and a growing concern on the touchline from the watching support. The inevitable occurred when confusion in the Washington back four allowed Sassco to manufacture an equaliser to stun the league leaders just as half time approached.
 
After a few choice words at the interval, Washington began the 2nd half more committed to their cause and got their reward as they regained the lead when David Fittes fired home after a corner was knocked down into the box. Although Washington werent at their fluent best they were still creating opportunities, but lacked composure to finish the game as a contest.
Then once again Sassco got back on level terms with a suspiciously looking offside goal, much to the dismay of the travelling support. With time running out and the frantic attempts of the Cricketers failing to make an impact, up stepped the man of the moment to score a crucial goal. From a corner, a goalmouth scramble ensued and Liam Wailes fired home the ball to score the vital goal to put Washington back on course for the title.
 
Shiney Row Travellers are having a strong finish to the season as they racked up another win in a 6-0 rout of East Durham Spartans.
Goals from Brett Edwards (2), J Rowntree (2), M Dixon and B Rowntree earned the Travellers the three points, whilst a sparkling performance from Phil Robinson was all in vain for the Spartans.
 
Craig McShane was at the double as his two goals gave Cambridge Hotel a well earned 2-1 against Saltgrass.
 
The Cove were powerless as they were unable to stop Hylton CW Juniors from going on a scoring spree, the Juniors found their scoring boots as they strolled to an emphatic 8-1 win at the Billy Hardy Centre.
 
Dave ‘goal machine’ Ward led the way with a hattrick, Darryl Cullerton weighed in with two goals as did Gavin Dorward. Veteran Steve Harrison rounded off the scoring as Hylton continue their push for promotion.
 
There were goals galore in the Premier Division, Blue House are looking to claim the runners up spot and they did their chances no harm at all as they stunned newly crowned champions Jolly Potter to claim a 4-3 win at Stannington Grove.
 
Jolly Potter started the strongest team and took the lead when there were awarded a soft penatly and this was dispatched by Steve Robson with ease leaving the keeper with no chance of saving it. This stirred Blue House into action and they pulled there socks up and got stuck in and started to play some scincillating football and they were soon on level terms when Alan Golightly whipped the ball in from the right for Martin Hope to pounce at the back post and slot it into the net.
 
Blue House were playing like a team possessed as the Potters struggled to play at a high tempo and it was no surprise when the latter fell behind as they gave away a silly penalty, Michael Pattison stepped up and smashed it into the net to give the Blue a well deserved lead. The remainder of the first half saw Potters defend for their lives as Blue House created enough chances to win three games but surprise surprise there was no end product.
 
The second half saw the Potters come out and play like champions and they went out on the attack straight away and Luke Sanders ruthlessly grabbed the equaliser. Pattison had chances to put the Blue House ahead again but Jolly Potters defenders were putting in last ditch tackles, Pattison was not to be thwarted as he grabbed his second of the game as he supplied a cool finish to round off a flowing move. The game was end to end and the quality of the play was superb and this was backed up by a stupendous equaliser for the Potters – David Keithley produced a Beckham like curler which found the bottom corner leaving the keeper stranded.  Both teams went all out for the winner much to the admiration from both sets of supporters who were in full voice.
A moment of magic can win a game and that is what won the game for the Blue House, a fine move was finished off in style as Paul ‘Heather off Eastenders’ Carter fired in an unstoppable 18 yard thunderbolt.
 
Chesters BB were involved in titanic battle at Thompson Park but they fell short of the finish line as they lost 4-3 to a much improved Hendon FC.
 
Goals from Dan Makin (2) and Dean McKeown were all in vain for the Chesters, but it was the inspirational display of Steven Clark that swayed the game as he grabbed two well taken goals. Kyle Sumner and Graeme Thornton completed the scoring for Marcus ‘Avram Grant’ Turnbull’s side as they look to cement a top four finish.
 
Redhouse are another team who have picked up form in recent weeks and this continued as they claimed a 4-1 victory over a sorry Aquatic Sports.
Dale Huggins (2), Liam Wooton and man of the match Neil Middlemiss got the Redhouse goals. Alan Palin grabbed a consolation goal for Aquatic who were not long ago title contenders and have lost their way a bit and now find themselves languishing mid table.
 
Colonel Prior put their cup final disappointment behind them as they came away with a 4-3 win at Houghton Town B. It was a good game of football as both teams went for it with the game going end to end with plenty chances for both teams. Prior took the lead as debutant McKenna got on the end of a Richardson flick to cooly lob the keeper. Houghton responded well as they took control of the game and eventually went ahead as they scored two well taken. The Prior though to their credit kept going and grabbed a well deserved equaliser as David Sanderson thumped home a header from a McLagan corner.
Houghton started the second half with more urgency in their play and they duly took the lead against the run of play. The introduction of Dale Spence changed the game as his presence seemed to lift the Prior, they nickname him Ronaldo and he showed them why as he hit an equaliser of the highest quality – beating three players and ended it with a cool finish. Spence wasn’t finished as it was more great play from him which created the winning goal for the Prior as Peter Dagg found the net much to the delight of his team mates.
Steven Richardson starred again for the Prior.
 
On Bank Holiday Monday, the Jolly Potter claimed their second trophy of the season as they beat a below par Aquatic Sports 2-0 to lift the Alan Hood Memorial Trophy in front of a healthy crowd at Meadow Park.
 
Aquatic boss Dave Hoey was gutted at the defeat saying “Well it just wasn’t meant to be, we were missing a few regulars today but that is no excuse as give the Potters their due they were good today and deserved to win. We’ve now got to pick ourselves up for the League Cup final on Friday night and I hope that we have some silverware in the trophy cabinet at the end of the season”.
 
East Durham Spartans outgunned a lethargic Saltgrass as goals from Paul Bendelow (2), Dan Keers and star man Scott Jackson gave the Spartans three deserved points.
 
Arms City Coachworks are locked in a two way battle for third place in the First Division and they remain favourites to do so as they battled to a 1-0 win away to East Durham Spartans on Wednesday.
Chris Bewick grabbed the winning goal for the Arms.
 
Hylton CW Juniors remain hot on the heels of the Arms as they romped to a 4-1 success at home to Shiney Row Travellers Rest.
David Ward was again in fine scoring form as he netted twice, further goals from Shaun Harrison and Lee Bell kept the Juniors in fourth place.
 
Shiney Row Country Park Inn grabbed three points as they won an epic 4-3 thriller away to Sassco UK. Marc Evans was the hero for Park Inn as he scored a fantastic hattrick and Glenn Irving scored to clinch the win.
 
In the Premier Division Chesters BB warmed up for their cup final in style as they won 6-2 against high flying Blue House.
Blue House simply had no answer to Chesters style of play as goals Greg Dixon (2), Nathan Coomber (2), Leighton Cook and Chris Foster secured the points.
The win lifts Chesters to a mid table finish and can now look forward to the TWR Commercial League Cup Final.
 

Match Report for Week Ending 24th April 2010

The Jolly Potters finally clinched the Premier Division title with a few games to spare as they brushed aside the challenge of Aquatic Sports with a comprehensive 4-1 victory. Both teams meet again on Bank Holiday Monday as they contest the Alan Hood Memorial Trophy Final.
 
Blue House kept up there unbeaten run as they defeated Dawdon CW 4-0.
 
Blue House started the game the much better side and were on the attack straight away and it wasn’t long before Colin Stokoe’s men were in front as Dean Machin waltzed through the defence and poked the ball under the keeper. Blue House had the ball in the net again but the goal was ruled offside much to the disgruntlement of the voicerous travelling support. Dawdon had their moments but Blue House were getting much stronger as the game went on and had several efforts at goal but time and time again they were thwarted by the impressive Dawdon keeper. The home keeper was powerless to prevent the visitors extending their lead as Martin Hope swept home after being put clean through.
 
The second half saw Dawdon begin to fade as they could not match Blue House superior fitness and it was soon 3-0 as Luke Morrow capped an impressive display with a thunderous strike into the top corner. Blue house went for more goals as they set about their opponents in ruthless fashion and it was left to Martin Hope to grab his second goal of the game with a clinical finish to seal the win for his side.
 
Colonel Prior warmed up for their cup final with a 2-2 draw against fellow underachievers Houghton Town B.
 
The Prior again were struggling for a side and only just had the 11 there for the game, the B-team began well and were pressing well as their opponents struggled to get out of their own half. The Prior fell behind as the Town forward finished well despite calls for offside.
The second half saw the Prior making an effort to get back into the game, but against the run of play Town went further ahead thanks to another classy finish. The Prior got back into the game as a cross was put into the penalty box which was flicked in by Adey. Prior were pushing for an equalizer and it came with the last kick of the game as the ball came in and went across the face of goal with Sanderson having the task of putting it into the net to grab his side a well deserved point.
 
Redhouse are chasing the runners up spot and did their chances no harm at all as they trounced Chesters BB 8-0.
Star of the show was Liam Wooton who bagged four goals, Dale Huggins was also impressive as he netted a hattrick and Steven Anderson rounded off the scoring.
 
Redhouse were also in action on Monday night and they put in a disappointing performance as they lost 2-1 away to Hylton CW. Dale Huggins netted a consolation goal for Redhouse.
 
It was Clash of the Titans as the First Division top two teams met in what was a Championship decider. In the end both Washington Cricket Club and Colliery Tavern had to settle for a point apiece as they served up an entertaining 2-2 draw.
The game kicked off at a frantic pace with the Tavern having plenty of possession without looking dangerous. The more slick approach play came from the home team, causing problems for the visitors defence. Then on 20 minutes clever build up play down the left saw Phil Ingram cross from the by-line for Costa Lorraine to put the league leaders in front. The lead lasted only 7 minutes when from a corner Anthony Stokell had a  simple tap in was created to bring the scores level.
 
Almost immediately from the restart David Fittes picked the ball up in midfield and with a startling turn of pace broke through the visitors defence only to be pulled down by the keeper,  Anthony Dixon easily converted the spot kick to give the cricketers an early second half lead.
Both teams had opportunities during the remainder of the half, non better than a penalty miss by the Tavern. They eventually got the equaliser late on when a ball hung up at the far post was easily headed in by Shaun McGregor.
 
Sassco UK edged out Times Inn as they won 4-3 in a thriller at Thompson Park.
 
It was Times Inn who drew first blood as they took the lead as Michael Curry pounced on a defensive mistake to hammer the ball into the roof of the net. Sassco responded in style as Steven ‘Titch’ Conlin headed into the net after a fine save from the home keeper.
The second half was end to end stuff but it was the Times Inn who regained the lead as Curry grabbed his second of the game and not long after it was 3-1 to the home side as Curry grabbed another goal for his hattrick. Sassco immediately pulled their finger out and soon pulled a goal back as Conlin nodded in from a free kick, the indominatable Conlin grabbed his hattrick and the equaliser with ten minutes left firing in a shot from a tight angle.
Both teams were now going for the winner and it was Sassco UK who grabbed the three points as a corner was whipped in and the ball flew into the net off Anthony Pearson’s face – he still has the ball mark on his face today.
 
Mark ‘Left Peg’ Neal starred for Times Inn.
 
East Durham Spartans are having a good first season and it showed as they put bottom side The Cove to the sword with a 3-1 victory.
 
Park View and Usworth shared the points as they fought out a 1-1 draw.
 
Hylton Colliery Juniors grabbed three points to keep alive their slim hopes of promotion as they won 2-1 at home to Shiney Row Country Park Inn.
 
Shiney Row Travellers Rest continued their good form as they ran out easy winners in a 5-1 win over Cambridge Hotel.
 
Star man Chris Bishop hit a consolation goal for the Hoteliers, but they had no answer to the style of the Travellers play as they won the game with goals from Dixon (2), Bridge, Sinclair and a penalty from man of the match Brett Rowntree.
 
The Arms City Coachworks didn’t let their off-field problems distract them as they look to cement third place and they continued their good form with a 5-1 thumping of The Saltgrass.
 
The Arms started the game well but as per usual chances went begging and against the run of play the Saltgrass took a surprise lead as Louis Thornton scored a screamer which left the keeper stranded.
 
The Arms introduced Baker for the second half and it didn’t take him long to assert his influence on the game as he curled in a sublime effort to haul his side level. A minute later the Arms won back the ball and after some short passing saw the ball land at Chris Bewick’s feet and he finished well from 12 yards to give his side a 2-1 lead.
 
This knocked the stuffing out of the Saltgrass and it was no surprise when the Arms made it 3-1 when Ryan Ascherl thumped in a header from a Peter Harding corner. Chris Bewick then took over as he struck twice more to claim another hattrick and a well deserved three points.
 
On Monday night the
Arms City Coachworks suffered a 4-2 defeat away to Shiney Row Country Park Inn. Richard Timm and star man Stephen Wright grabbed the consolation goals for the Arms.
 
Park View put up an outstanding display as they came away with a point after an enthralling 4-4 draw against Cambridge Hotel.
Star man Steve Saville grabbed a brace and was backed up with strikes from Simon Peacock and David Lilwall.
 
Colliery Tavern regained top spot albeit for a couple of days as they won 5-1 away to East Durham Spartans.
Goals from Anthony Stokell (2), Ben Ward, Michael Bulmer and Shaun McGregor saw the Tavern continue their charge for the title.
 
Blue House produced a stunning second half display as they defeated Colonel Prior 3-1 in the Wearmouth & Hylton Charity Cup Final at Meadow Park.
 
It was a cagey opening from both sides and Brian Carter nearly put the Blue House in front but he scuffed his shot after going on a mazy run. It the Prior who were playing the better football as Steve Richardson started to put his influence on the game, chances were very few to come by as both defences stood firm.
 
The breakthrough came midway through the first half as the Prior took a deserved lead, David Sanderson hooking the ball into the roof of the net after a Ross McLagan corner caused chaos in the Blue House defence. Blue House tried to get back into the game but were reduced to long range efforts which were going hopelessly wide as the Prior defence were holding with Marsh looking impressive.
 
The second half was a total change as Blue House were out the traps faster than a speeding bullet and got a deserved equaliser in bizarre fashion as Adey in the Prior goal made a hash of his clearance and Michael Pattinson pounced on the loose ball to gleefully stroke into the net much to the delight of the large following of Blue House supporters.
 
This spurred on Blue House and they set about the Prior like a pack of wild dogs and they took the lead 10 minutes later as slack marking allowed Alan Golightly to head home after a fine cross fom James Gilhespy. Prior were deflated and couldn’t muster a chance as Blue House took control of the game and they sealed victory as a long ball over the top was pounced on by Michael Pattison who produced an outrageous finish to send the crowd wild.
 
The Prior just couldn’t respond and Blue House held on to lift the trophy and they celebrated back at the pub with several Cherry Lambrinis and dozens of curry battered buns donated by sponsor Paul’s Golden Chippy.
 
On Wednesday night,
Blue House must have been suffering from a massive hangover from their cup final shenanigans as they were well beaten 4-1 by a resurgent Redhouse.
 
In the First Division
Park View put on an impressive display as they earned three points as they defeated East Durham Spartans 4-2.
 
Sassco UK produced a feeble display as they suffered a 5-2 hammering at home to Usworth FC.
 
It is getting very nervy at the top of the First Division and
Washington Cricket Club proved they have bottle as they overcame a very tricky game with Arms City Coachworks as they produced an emphatic performance with a 9-1 victory.
 
Goals from Gavin Pine, Phil Ingram, Liam Wailes, Steven Cuthbertson, David Fittes, Craig Ingram and a wonderful hattrick from the mercurial Costa Lorraine sent the Cricketers back to pole position.
A great game is anticipated on Bank Holiday Monday as both Aquatic Sports and league champions Jolly Potters do battle in the Alan Hood Memorial Trophy. The game is to be played at Meadow Park, home of Sunderland RCA with kick off at 10.30am.
 

Match Report for Week Ending 17th April 2010

 

The race for the first division title is hotting up and looks like it may go to the wire as both teams won their weekend games.
Washington Cricket Club held on to top spot as they eased to a 4-1 success at the expense of Times Inn. Windy conditions and a hard uneven pitch made life difficult for both teams as Washington began well with the wind on their backs causing problems for the visiting back four and it wasn’t long before they took the lead when Phil Ingram was put free inside the box to set up Gavin Pine to finish well.
 
The second goal soon followed when a mistake by the Times keeper allowed David Laidler to pounce and he finished with ease from close range.  Washington were in a rampant mood and soon made their superiority count when they hit a third goal as Gavin Pine was given plenty of time to strike the ball from distance to give the visiting keeper no chance. 
In the second half The Times came back into the game making it difficult for the home team and were eventually rewarded when they scored directly from a corner.  However normal service was resumed for the Cricketers when substitute David Fittes finished off a good move to put a more realistic view on the score line. 
 
Colliery Tavern remain in second spot as they won 6-1 at home against a spirited Cambridge Hotel.
 
Goals from Carl Chapman (2), Michael Bulmer (2), Darren Straughan and Gary Stokell keeps the Tavern’s title charge on track. Cambridge goal came from a spectacular strike from Christopher Bishop.  A special mention must go out to the Cambridge boss Colin Holmes and his side for their enthusiasm and commitment over the season despite at times unable to field their best side.
 
The Arms City Coachworks won again thanks to a 5-0 win over Park View, this keeps up the Arms hopes of clinching third place.
The Arms started well with some early pressure as they peppered the visitors goal but were thwarted by great saves by the keeper. With a change upfront Ernest Bewick was causing the visitors defence a lot of bother, then after 15 minutes the Arms broke the deadlock, great work down the left wing presented Peter Harding with a simple tap in for his fist goal for the club. After the goal the Arms were made to work hard and went into the break 1-0 up.
 
 The second half started with the Arms the stronger side but again early pressure was failing to pay off. Steve Herkes then settled the Arms down as he hit a 25 yard screamer to give his side a two goal lead. The View by this time were dejected as the Arms were asserting their authority on the game and it was soon 3-0 as Chris Bewick finished well from a Paul Bainbridge free kick. Two minutes later it was 4-0 as Gordon Pratt-Glendenning struck a left foot volley that left the keeper grasping thin air. Stephen Wright rounded off the scoring with a simple tap in.
 
Robert Woodward starred for Park View.
 
Usworth recorded a 2-1 victory at the expense of a depleted Sassco UK. Anthony Pearson replied for Sassco who finished the game with 9 men due to injuries and lack of substitutes.
 
The Cove look like they will end up with the wooden spoon as they suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of East Durham Spartans. The Cove simply had no answer to the relentless play of the Spartans as the latter ran out easy 8-1 winners.
 
The Saltgrass gained a welcome three points as they won 1-0 away at Shiney Row Country Park Inn. Tony Wilkinson was the Saltgrass hero hitting the winning goal despite being caught offside throughout the game about 25 times.
 
A six goal thriller was had between Shiney Row Travellers Rest and Hylton CW Juniors, nothing could separate the sides as they had to settle for a point a piece after an exciting 3-3 draw.
The Travellers raced into a 3-0 lead as goals from Hardwick, Dixon and Sinclair saw them well on top but Hylton pulled a goal back just before half time. The second half was a half to forget for the Travellers as they let slip a two goal lead and shoddy defending saw Hylton hit back with 2 goals to claim a well deserved point.
 
In the Premier Division Blue House bounced back from cup heartache as they won a seven goal thriller against Houghton Town B 4-3.
Blue House started the brightest and were piling on the pressure on the Houghton defence and took the lead on ten minutes when Luke Morrow lashed in a shot after a goalmouth scramble. The Blue then had a goal disallowed and this propelled the B team into action as they threw the spanner in the works by scoring twice in quick succession which surprised the home side. Blue House had a couple of chance's to draw level before the break but  the Houghton keeper kept them at bay until a strike from Keith Lonsdale brought the sides level going into half time.
 
 The second half saw the Blue House come out flying but it was Houghton who hit the first blow when the Blue House left gaps at the back and Houghton broke away and took the lead again. But the Blue House never say die sprit kicked in and soon equalised as Dean Machin broke clear to beat the keeper with ease.  Blue House were pressing for the win and were squandering chance after chance and it was left to star man Keith Lonsdaleto show them how to finish as he scored with an outrageous back heel to win the game for Colin Hopes men.
 
With the future of the Colonel Prior uncertain, they went into their game with Chesters BB with a patched up team and their efforts were in vain as they suffered 4-3 defeat.
The Prior found themselves two goals up thanks to strikes from the dangerous Dale Spence. However the turning point in the game was the penalty given to the Chesters from which they scored to get themselves back into the game. With the Chesters having the better share of the play it wasn’t long before they equalised thanks to another penalty, this knocked the stuffing out of the Prior and they then found themselves 3-2 down. Chesters looked to grab a clinching goal but the Prior had others ideas as they scored a dramatic equaliser thanks to Dale Spence who grabbed his hattrick. More drama was to follow as the Chesters snatched the winning goal in the last minute of the game.
 
Dawdon CW were on the receiving of a mauling from an impressive Jolly Potters. Goals from Jamie Marshall (3), Michael Wharton (2), Joe Walton (2), Luke Sanders, Michael McCabe, David Keithley, Martin Cullen and an own goal saw the Potters enjoy a 12-3 success.
 
Aquatic Sports look to have one eye on the cup finals as their league form deserted them as they suffered a 4-2 loss at Hylton CW who were full value for their win.
Scott Hailstone and Craig Watson grabbed consolation goals for the Sports, but they had no answer the play of the Colliers who won the game thanks to goals from Carl Price, Darren Snowball, Adam Drysdale and Graham Bunker.
 
Hendon FC and Redhouse grabbed a point apiece as they produced an enthralling 4-4 draw at Stadio de Stannington.
Hendon goals came from Kevin Burns (2) and star man Martin Jackson capped an all action display with 2 impressive goals.
 
More midweek games will now be played until the end of the season and there were several matches played on Monday night.
 
Shiney Row Travellers Rest have hit a bit of form of late and it continued as they demolished East Durham Spartans 7-1 in their First Division fixture. The Travellers were up for it from the off and were good value for their win as B Rowntree was the star of the show as he hit a stunning hattrick, he backed up in the scoring stakes by Powell, Sinclair, S Dixon and M Dixon. Spartans replied through James Ayre-Mackey.
 
Colliery Tavern regained top spot as they easily brushed aside third placed Arms City Coachworks 8-2.
Richard Timm hit 2 goals in vain for the Arms, but the Tavern are the leagues top goalscorers and they proved this as they hit the back of the net 8 times, goal machine Michael Bulmer led the way as he grabbed 4 goals, Darren Straughan bagged a brace, Gary Stokell and Carl Chapman got a goal apiece.
 
Sassco UK slumped to another defeat as they were beaten 7-1 away to Hylton CW Juniors at the Billy Hardy Centre. Mark McDermont grabbed Sassco’s consolation goal despite being reduced to ten men.
 
In the Premier Division Colonel Prior put out a strong side for their fixture with Blue House and they were rewarded with a point in an entertaining 2-2 draw.
 
Blue House started the game well with some  great football  and they nearly took the lead when Paul Carter hit the ball from 40 yards  and it sailed over the keepers head and went an inch past the post. Blue House kept the pressure on and were rewarded with a goal, Martin Hope played a 50 yard pass to Michael Patterson and he then took it round four defenders and placed it into the top corner of the net. It was nearly 2-0 but Paul Carter watched on in disbelief as his shot cannoned of the post. Colonel Prior took advantage of Blue House missed chances and equalised when a long ball fell to Ross Mclagan and put it in the net. The Prior had their tails up and were playing with confidence and it wasn’t long before they took the lead as Dale Spence latched onto a through ball to finish with ease.
 
The second half saw Blue House attacking strongly but they weren’t getting much joy in front of goal until Michael Patterson played the ball through to James Gilhespy who slid it under the keeper legs and into the net to bring the game back level 2-2. The same player should have had all 3 points for the Blue House when he broke through in the last minute but hit the side netting.
 
Washington Cricket Club failed to reach the final of the Alan Hood Memorial Trophy as they lost their semi final 6-2 against a rampant Jolly Potters. David Fittes hit both goals for the Cricketers.
 
On Wednesday night Hendon FC moved into second place in the Premier Division as they won 1-0 in a tight game with Colonel Prior. David Rush was the goalscoring hero for the East End side, they also missed a penalty as Martin Jackson scuffed his shot from 12 yards.
 
Houghton Town B earned a point as they held Chesters BB to a blistering 3-3 draw.
 
Blue House kept up their slim hopes of a title as they trounced a sorry Redhouse 6-0.
 
Dawdon CW sprang a major surprise as they beat a lacklustre Aquatic Sports 4-2 at Marley Pots.
 
In the First Division Washington Cricket Club warmed up for their title decider on Saturday by disposing of and East Durham Spartans 3-0.
 
Park View won a 5 goal thriller as they beat Cambridge Hotel 3-2.
 
All cup final line ups are now complete they are as follows:
 
Alan Hood Memorial Trophy Final
Aquatic Sports v Jolly Potters  (Mon 3rd May 2010. Kick off 10.30am)
 
Wearmouth & Hylton Charity Cup Final
Colonel Prior v Blue House  (Mon 26th April 2010. Kick off 6.30pm)
 
TWR Commercial League Challenge Cup Final
Aquatic Sports v Chesters BB  (Fri 7th May 2010. Kick off 6.30pm)
 
All cup finals will be played at Meadow Park, home of Sunderland RCA.
 
The league have accepted 4 new teams for the 2010/11 season they are FC Chesters, Thorney Close Inn, Silksworth Golden Fleece and Oddfellows Arms. Any teams interested in joining the league next season could you please contact League General Secretary Peter Maguire on 07545549830.
 

Match Report for week ending 10th April 2010

In the Premier Division, Hendon FC are the form team as they chalked up their fourth consecutive win as they trounced Hylton CW 6-1.

The rout was led by Martin Jackson as he hit 2 goals and further goals from Steven Clark, David Rush, Jason Gargett and the ageless Phil Meek seal an impressive win. Darren Snowball hit a late consolation for the Colliers.
 The win lifts Hendon FC to the dizzy heights of 3
rd place and left manager Marcus Turnbull beaming with pride, the Avram Grant lookalike said “I’m over the moon with form of the lads after an indifferent start to the season and I hope we can finish the season with a flourish. I can now go home and enjoy putting my feet up and devour a nice pattie lot”.

Jolly Potters strengthened their grip on the title as they eased to a 7-0 win against Hendon Grange Global Gym. The Potters have opened up a healthy lead at the top and only a serious loss of form can lose them the title.

Redhouse moved to second in the table as they won 4-3 in an enthralling encounter away to Colonel Prior.

Colonel Prior stormed into a 2-0 lead as they tore into Redhouse who just couldn’t live with the Prior’s attacking play. Redhouse did manage to salvage a crucial goal from an inept first half display as left back John Dixon drilled his shot into the bottom corner.  Just when Redhouse thought they were back in the game, Davy Taylor misjudged a ball over the top and ended up pulling back the forward as he raced into the box and they referee pointed to the spot. Up stepped Gary Adey to slot home the spot kick and restore his sides 2 goal lead.

 Stern words were said in a heated half time team talk in the Redhouse camp, they came out for the second half fired up and playing a new formation and were driven on by the outstanding Steven ‘Hurricane’ Anderson who blew Prior away with his display. Redhouse were creating and missing numerous chances but they soon got back into the game as Steven Anderson slotted past the keeper after great work fom both Huggins and Melia.    From then on it was all Redhouse as they made use of the extra man in midfield to pass their way through the Prior ranks. The equalizer however came from the penalty spot, Gareth Braziers overhead kick was handled by a Prior defender leaving the referee little option but to award the kick. Up stepped Anderson to smash home the spot kick for his second of the game and a deserved equaliser for his side.    At 3-3 the Prior looked a beaten team as Redhouse began to turn on the style and they capped off their magnificent display by grabbing the winning goal as Dale Huggins raced through to fire past the on rushing keeper and send the away fans into delirium.
Steven Richardson was star man for the Prior.

Chesters BB were also involved in an epic game as they edged a 3-2 victory against a hard done Houghton Town B.

It was the B-team that started the brighter and they raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Jackson and Magnus. The second half saw Chesters make changes to personnel and this seemed to work as they capped a memorable fight back to steal the points thanks to birthday boy Marc ‘Smiler’ Stephenson who hit 2 goals and a fine Anthony Yates strike.

In the First Division
East Durham Spartans impressive run continues as they produced a trojan like performance to beat a lacklustre Sassco Uk 4-0.
The
Spartans also grabbed another great point as they held Hylton CW Juniors to a 0-0 draw on Monday night.

Arms City Coachworks seem to be over their minor blip in form as they hammered The Cove 8-0.  Goals from Chris Bewick (2), Richard Timm (2), Steven Herkes, Gordon Pratt-Glendenning, Jake Baker and Simon Birch sealed a comfortable win for the Arms.

The
Arms City Coachworks also had a game on Monday night and grinded out a hard fought 2-1 win at home to Shiney Row Country Park Inn, goals from Chris Bewick and Richard Timm gave the Arms three valuable points in their quest for promotion.

Times Inn produced a gutsy display as they earned a smashing point holding a frustrated Hylton CW Juniors to a 0-0 draw.

Shiney Row Travellers Rest can put the blame on woeful finishing as they could only muster a 1-1 draw against a plucky Saltgrass. Ian Old grabbed the goal for Saltgrass, the Travellers replied through Rowntree.

Another goalless was produced as both
Cambridge Hotel and Shiney Row Country Park Inn cancelled each other out.

The battle for the First Division title is a two horse race as both the top two teams won.
Colliery Tavern are point behind the leaders as they increased their goal difference as they handed out a 6-0 beating to Park View.

Carl Chapman was the Tavern hero as he bagged a well taken hattrick and was backed up by strikes from David Dixon, Michael ‘Chip’ Bulmer and Anthony Stokell.

Washington Cricket Club regained top spot as they won their local derby 5-1 at the expense of Usworth FC.

Washington began well as their fluent football was creating a series of opportunities in the opening exchanges of the match.  Usworth’s route one long ball tactics were causing the Washington back four problems, then on 10 minutes indecision inside the Cricketers defence saw a long ball fall kindly inside the box to be prodded home to give Usworth an early lead.

Although stunned by the goal, Washington rallied and were still playing attractive football which again created several opportunities to find that elusive equaliser, one chance in particular coming back off the crossbar from a left footed drive by David Fittes. Usworth were competing well and were making life difficult for the league leaders and went into the break still leading 1-0.

Washington continued to press at the beginning of the second half and eventually got the equaliser when David Fittes flicked in a well flighted Anthony Dixon free kick.  The second goal was not long coming and it duly arrived from a corner which was headed back across goal for David Laidler to head home. Andy Ebdale got a quality third goal after some great one touch football and a cool finish put the game to bed.  Further goals by Costa Lorraine and an Anthony Dixon penalty capped a superb second half performance for the Cricketers.
 
The semi finals of the TWR Commercial League Challenge Cup were played on Monday night,
Chesters BB caused a major upset as they outfought and outplayed a toothless Jolly Potter at Thompson Park. Chesters ran out 2-0 winners as the Potters suffered more cup heartbreak.
 
In the other semi final,
Aquatic Sports marched into another final as they stormed to a 3-1 win against a game Blue House.
 
Blue House started the stronger side and they thought they had took the lead when Brian Carter smashed the ball home only for the linesman to rule the effort offside. Aquatic then got a bit of luck when they took the lead as their forward struck a weak shot and watched in amazement as he saw his effort trickle under the arms of the visiting keeper to give Dave Hoey’s men the lead.

Not long after the second half got under away, Aquatic got the crucial second goal when a short pass back was latched onto by the forward and slipped into the net and this gave the Blue House a mountain to climb. The Blue kept the pressure on and kept the Aquatic keeper busy but nothing would go in for the Blue House and it was good as over when Aquatic where awarded a penalty for a late tackle and the resulting penalty was tucked away to make it 3-0.

Credit must be given to the Blue as they  didn't let their heads drop and tried to get back into the tie and deservedly pulled a goal back as Tony Armstrong volleyed the ball through a packed box and into the left corner to make it 3-1. Aquatic held on to book their place in the final. Martin Hope was outstanding for Blue House.
Aquatic Sports will now meet Chesters BB in the final on Friday 7
th May 2010.

The League are now having to play midweek fixtures due to the shocking winter that was endured and there were numerous games played on Wednesday night.

In the Premier Division
Aquatic Sports can forget about winning the league as they suffered a 3-2 defeat at home to Houghton Town B. Goals from Andrew Steele, Dean Smith and Lee Southern ensured that Town came away with three vital points.

Aquatic hope to pick up some silverware in the 2 cup finals that they have reached.

Hylton CW have faded as the season ends and this showed in their play as they were given a footballing lesson by Jolly Potters who ran out 7-1 winners. The Potters now only need eight points from their remaining four games to claim the title.

In the First Division,
Washington Cricket Club kept hold of top spot as they were made to work hard for their 2-0 success at Cambridge Hotel. Goals from Philip Ingram and Anthony Dixon kept the Cricketers at the top of the summit who also had Liam Wailes as man of the match.

Colliery Tavern are keeping a tight grip on the tails of the leaders as they ended East Durham Spartans unbeaten run with a 5-0 win at Rolls Royce. Taverns goals came from Michael Bulmer (2), Anthony Stokell (2) and Darren Straughan.

Sassco Uk returned to form as they narrowly beat Times Inn 2-1.