Match Reports for Week Ending 20th March 2010

Aquatic Sports surged through to the final of the Alan Hood Memorial Trophy as they overcame Hylton CW 4-2 in an exciting encounter, this was the third consecutive week both teams had faced each other. However it was Aquatic who had that slight edge and goals from Carl Old who weighed in with an exquisite hattrick and a strike from Paul Cromack saw Dave Hoey’s side through to the final and also book a trip to the tailors to be measured up for their cup final suits. Hylton replied with goals from Anthony Wynn and Chris Maley.

Hendon Grange Global Gym were left with the derby day blues as they suffered a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of a Martin Hope inspired Blue House who kept their dreams of winning the Premier Division alive.

Blue House started the game strongly and it didn't take long for them to take the lead when Martin Hope broke through and slotted it past the keeper making it 1-0. Grange thought they had equalised but their effort was ruled out for offside, Blue House made the most of this as they quickly broke and a cross from Brian Carter was easily converted by Hope. The front two of Carter and Hope were terrorising the Global defence and it was soon 3-0 when Carter notched with ease after a fine pass from Hope. The Global keeper was kept busy as he made vital saves to keep the score down, but Blue House kept huffing and puffing and they blew the house down as they grabbed a fourth goal as Hope completed his hattrick when he broke through and cheekily chipped the keeper to give his side a healthy lead at half time.

The Gymboys came out for the second just to get a bit pride back and got it when they pulled a goal back, a comeback looked to be on the cards but Blue House repelled the threat and they soon got back into their stride with some excellent attacking football. It was soon 5-1as Alan Golightly was in the right place at the right time to place it past the keeper. The Grange simply crumbled and Blue House saw the opportunity to get more goals and the duly did as Hope grabbed a quickfire double to take his match tally to five goals. This took Martin Hope’s tally for the season to an impressive 30 goals.

In the other Premier Division game to be played,
Houghton Town B returned to winning ways as they battered Dawdon CW into submission with a 8-2 win.

Dawdon got off to a great start and took an early lead, after they were dominating the midfield and getting right on top which drew frustration from the Town players. Dawdon then missed a glorious chance to increase their lead as they missed a hotly disputed penalty and then missed a sitter. This prompted Town into action and they started to move the ball about well and it was no surprise when Phil Dorian slid in to equalise from Dean Smiths shot cum cross, not long after skipper Stuart Archbold put Town in front with a well taken goal. Dawdon began to fall to pieces and it was no surprise when Town added a third when Southern powered home Harrisons corner. Dawdon managed to pull a goal back just before half time as they capitalised on slack defending.

After a stern half time team talk, Town came out all guns blazing as a strike from Smith restored Towns two goal lead and Andrew Steele then went on to grab a well taken brace to make the score 6-2. Harrison got the goal his display deserved and Smith got his second and Towns 8
th, more chances were missed by Towns forwards but credit must be given to Dawdon who kept going right to the final whistle.

In the League Challenge Cup, the
Jolly Potter advanced to the semi finals as they overcame Redhouse 4-1.The Potters were one up after only two minutes as the Dave Keithley latched onto a through ball to comfortably beat the keeper. Redhouse responded immediately, and were awarded with a penalty after Tommy Bell was brought down in the penalty area and the resultant penalty was saved by Chris Hunter in the Potters goal. Minutes later after further pressure from Redhouse were awarded a second penalty after Chris Hunter had brought down Bell, the penalty was converted and Redhouse continued to pressurise the Potter defence.

Redhouse were well on top and playing much the better football but they failed to add to their score as half time approached.

Whatever was said the Potters team at half time worked, as within 30 seconds of the restart Keithley lashed the ball in to the net from the edge of the box. Despite the setback Redhouse dominated until a third was added after a swift counter attack was finished off in style as Keithley grabbed his hattrick. The Potters clinched the tie as they added a fourth thanks to Jamie Marshall just before the final whistle.

The Potters win now means they face Chesters BB in a mouth watering semi final clash.

Chesters BB booked their place in the semi finals after they overcame a plucky Cambridge Hotel 4-2 after extra time.

Chesters took the lead as Liam Frame tapped the ball home from a neat Chapman knock down. This kickstarted the Cambridge into action as they stormed back and hit two goals through Craig McShane as the Chesters simply went to sleep. Chesters management took drastic action and introduced Richie King for his first game back after an 18 month layoff with injury and it worked a treat, as King won the equalising penalty after a heavy challenge from Cambridge left back, and Ian Redman coolly slotted the penalty to send the game into extra time.

Extra time came and this suited Chesters as their superior fitness showed as the Cambridge were dead on their feet, Kevin Berry floated a free kick into the box and it was met by King to put his side back in front. It was soon game over as Chesters took charge and scored a 4th in the second half of extra time as Ian Redman hit his second of the game with a blistering 20 yard free kick.

Paul Stokoe starred for the Cambridge.

In the First Division,the
Arms City Coachworks got their title charge back on track as they laboured to a 2-1 victory over Usworth FC. The Arms suffered a blow after only 5 minutes when star strike Jaker Baker was forced to go off injured. On fifteen minutes, the Arms took the lead as Richard Timm blasted in a free kick which warmed the keepers hands as it flew into the net. Usworth came back on the attack but their efforts were thwarted by the Arms no nonsense defending.

On 25 minutes the Arms went 2-0 up as they won a penalty, Richard Timm grabbed his second goal as he scored from the spot at the second time of asking sending the keeper the wrong way.

Usworth looked stronger in the second half and had a few shots but were unable to finish, the Arms also created a few but were unable to finish Usworth off. It was Usworth who grabbed the only goal of the second half as they gave themselves a lifeline as their centre half flicked in a corner. Ryan Ascherl was the Arms star man.

Sassco UK came unstuck as they Iost their unbeaten run as they were beaten 5-2 by Shiney Row Travellers Rest. It was as Sassco who came out the traps flying as they raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from star man David Gourlay and Mark Muers.

The Travellers came out for the second half like a pack of hungry wolves and forced Sassco onto the backfoot. It was the inspired play and invention of star man Rowntree which led to the Travellers revival and they hit back with goals from Parish and braces from Sinclair and Rowntree to round off a remarkable comeback.

The First Division has new leaders as
Colliery Tavern took advantage of Washington Cricket Clubs inactivity as they stormed to a 5-0 win against Hylton Colliery Juniors at Rolls Royce. Anthony ‘turkey)’ Stokell started the rout as he latched onto a fine pass from the impressive Gavin Foot. Straughan then thought he grabbed the second but it was ruled out for offside much to the objection from the home supporters that were situated in the allotments. They were soon jumping for joy as Michael Bulmer notched for 2-0, the Tavern were in cruise control and their play resembled that of the great Liverpool team of the 80’s. Further goals from Gavin Foot, Darren Straughan and Carl Chapman wrapped up the win to send Margy’s men to the top of the league.

Hylton star man was the goalkeeper.

Park View picked up the points in a seven goal thriller as they won 4-3 against Shiney Row Country Park Inn.

The Cove came back down to earth after last weeks win as they crashed to a 5-1 defeat at the hands of The Saltgrass.

Ian Old led the way for the Saltgrass with a well taken hattrick and backed up with further goals from John hope and star man David Wilkinson. The Cove replied through Paul Munro, whose man of the match was Kyle Hourigan.

The Times Inn recovered well from last weeks surprise defeat as they easily brushed aside East Durham Spartans 7-3 at Thompson Park. The Spartans were looking to build on last weeks first win but found Times Inn in no charitable mood.

The TWR Trade Frames Wearside Combination League are on the lookout for any new teams wishing to join the league for the 2010/2011 season. Any team wishing to join, could you please contact League Secretary, Peter Maguire on 075445549830 or email him at

Match Reports for Week Ending 13th March 2010

The race is now on to avoid the First Division wooden spoon as both the Cove and East Durham Spartans claimed their first wins of the season.

The Cove celebrated long into the night after their tremendous 3-1 win away to Times Inn. Stephen Lisle was their major influence on the game, but it was the firepower of Andrew Brown whose hattrick sealed a first win of the season for the Cove. Neil McNulty replied in vain for the Southwick side who also had Michael Donkin as their star man.

East Durham Spartans have plenty of catching up to do as they have a lot of games to play, but they will savour their first victory of the season as they put Shiney Row Country Park Inn to the sword with a magnificent 4-1 victory. Adam Crake hit Park Inn’s consolation as they had no answer to the Spartans display of whom their hero of the hour was Philip Robinson who hit all four goals to grab his sides first win.

At the top of the league it is now getting interesting as
Colliery Tavern kept the pressure on the league leaders as they enjoyed a 9-0 romp against a lacklustre Usworth FC. Anthony Stokell started the flow of goals with a well taken hattrick, Carl Chapman chipped in as well as did Michael Bulmer who helped himself to a hattrick. Further goals from Shaun McGregor and Lee ‘John Mensah’ Pennock who hit a ferocious 30 yard mis- kick sealed the win. Special mention must go to the Colliery Tavern who produced a dominant and steely display.

Hylton Colliery Juniors returned to league action and picked up where they left off as they were amongst the goals again as they stormed to an easy 4-1 against Park View. Man of the match Dave Lilwall hit Park View’s consolation goal.

Sassco UK played their first game since December and despite lack of match fitness they still managed to grab a welcome 2-0 win against Shiney Row Travellers Rest. A very drab game saw the Travellers have the majority of the play, but seemingly running out of ideas when they approached the danger areas. Sassco, on the other hand, didn't really play too well, but took the lead against the run of play when Muers rolled the ball into the back of the Traveller's net after a quick break away. Not too long after, Sassco's new signing, Scott Hembrough, broke clear and was scythed down in the penalty area and the ref pointed to the spot. Up stepped club stalwart Dave Gourlay who made no mistake in putting Sassco 2-0 ahead. The second half continued as the first half did. Traveller's had a good chances, but squandered them and then tended to resort to wayward long-range efforts, none of which troubled Dave Smith in the home goal. Sassco had a great chance towards the end to wrap up a convincing win, but Anthony Langan scuffed his shot when well placed.

In the division’s other game,
Cambridge Hotel edged themselves to a 3-1 success against a wasteful Saltgrass. Goals from Liam Richardson, Paul Hetherington and star man Paul Stokoe gave Cambridge the points. John Hope fired a consolation goal for the Deptford side whose man of the match was Ian Sinclair.

Jolly Potters cemented their footing at the top of the Premier Division as they beat Hendon FC for the second successive week after a 4-2 win. Star performer Jason Gargett hit both Hendon goals but it was all in vain as the Potters simply had too much gas in the tank, goals from Clayton Cox, Ross Kennedy and a brace from the prolific Michael Wharton saw the Potters home.

Colonel Prior’s ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ season continued as they suffered a crushing 4-1 loss at the hands of Chesters BB. The Prior were again missing crucial players due to work commitments and suspensions, this showed in their performance as they struggled to find any rythym or cohesion as the Chesters ran out worthy winners.

Chesters took the lead with a fabulous strike into the top scorer thanks to Michael Chapman. Prior responded straight away and levelled as Chris Rowntree stooped flick the ball into the net from a Glenwright corner. Thing then went from bad to worse for the Prior as Stanness then scored an own goal to give Chesters a 2-1 lead, then it was 3-1 as a long throw was misjudged by the keeper and the ball was gleefully nodded into an empty net from Dean McKeown.

Changes were made by the Prior hierarchy for the second half and seemed to work as they dominated the game for long spells, but they couldn’t turn their possession into goals. This began to frustrate Prior and their luck had run out as Chesters grabbed a fourth goal thanks to a Sanderson own goal.

Redhouse continued their good run of form with a comfortable 6-2 victory over Dawdon CW. In a pretty low key game, Dale Huggins continued his impressive start for Redhouse when he outmuscled two Dawdon defenders before shooting into the bottom corner from just outside the area to give Redhouse the lead.  Craig Charlton then doubled it soon after, a well worked move lead to Charlton going clear and he made no mistake as he slotted it under the keeper.
  Lee "Trigger" Melia  then got arguably the pick of the games goals as the struck a 25 yard free kick into the top corner, giving the keeper no chance. Melia then went from hero to zero as in a matter of seconds he tried to be clever dribbling his way out of defence and was caught, the Dawdon forward had the easiest of finishes. Redhouse went through a scrappy 5 minutes, however Liam Wooton killed the game off just before halftime with a cool finish. 
 
The second half started in much the same fashion as the first ended, Dale Huggins getting his second of the game from just inside the area. Dawdon did strike back with a quick counter attack, but there after it was one way traffic, Redhouse contriving to miss chance after chance, much to the frustration of the managment. Redhouse finally got a 6
th goal as Liam Wooton showed quick feet before firing home into the top corner,  however normal service was quickly resumed as a combination of good goalkeeping, the woodwork and abysmal finishing denied Redhouse time and time again. 
  Redhouses man of the match was Gareth Brazier who started his first game in 4 months after injury. Dawdon’s man of the match was keeper Andrew Guy.

Aquatic played out a 1-1draw with Hylton CW in the league at Marley Pots. Carl Old opened the scoring for Aquatic with a powerful shot from the edge of the box to make it 1-0. Both teams had a few chances with both keepers pulling off good saves. Then just before half time Hylton grabbed an equaliser as Barry Cook latched onto a pass and from 25 yards out scored with a cracking shot into the top corner. Half time came and went but both teams couldn't break each other down. The star men were Old for Aquatic and Cook for Hylton.

Blue House are through to the next round of the TWR Commercial League Challenge Cup as they won 4-2 in an exciting encounter with First Division high fliers Washington Cricket Club. It was the firts division side that started the much brighter side and made the decisive brealthrough as they took a deserved lead as Anthony Dixon finished with aplomb. This was a shock to the system of Blue House and this spurred them into action after a lethargic start. They began putting the pressure on Washington defence and this paid off as they grabbed the equaliser when James Gilhespy ran from the left wing and smashed it past the keeper. Blue House were now in their stride and peppered the Visitors goal whose defence stood firm as half time approached.

Blue House started the second half the way there left the first playing some excellent football and making the visitors keeper pull off save after save, but Blue House were intent on attacking and this left gaps at the back and this was capitalised upon by the Cricketers as they regained the lead with a cool finish from Phil Ingram.

With only ten minutes remaining Blue House gambled on an all out attacking policy, the gamble paid off as they grabbed the equaliser as James Gilhespy grabbed his second goal of the game. Both sides were now looking for the winner and the match looked like it was going to extra time when Blue House won a corner, it was whipped in Thompson flicked on the ball for Luke Morrow to head it across the line and give the Blue a 3-2 advantage.

Washington piled forward in their search for the equaliser, but they overcommitted themselves as Blue House hit them on the break as Martin Hope ran from his own half to slot the ball past the keeper and send his side into the next round.

Jordan Thompson was Blue House man of the match with another barnstorming performance.

Houghton Town B also progressed to the next round as they were4-3 victors against unlucky Hendon Grange Global Gym. Town looked up for it from the start but they fell behind to an early goal as the visitors capitalised on a defensive mix up to take the lead. The B-team were beginning to assert themselves on the game and several clear cut chances were missed, but Town levelled as Kevin Agnew finished well.

More chances came Towns way and it wasn’t long before they were 2-1 up as Andrew Steele smashed home a penalty after Hope was felled in the box. Town increased their lead to 3-1 just before half time when Andrew Steele grabbed his second goal with a thumping header from a corner.

The second half Town started well again and were looking solid, Grange were as usual getting stuck in Town again had several chances to kill the game off but were denied by some outstanding saves from the Grange keeper. With the game seemingly in the bag, Town made several substitutions, how costly they were as Grange pulled back two goals to go on level terms at 3-3. Grange started looking like they could win it, after a period of lethargy Town plugged in and pushed on again looking for the winner, Carr had two good opportunities and also set up chances for Dorian and Lax.

Town then grabbed the winner and it was a goal worthy of winning any game, from a corner the ball bobbled about a bit in the box but landed at Hopes feet on the edge of the box who took a touch and curled an excellent effort into the bottom right hand corner, cue wild celebrations and a place in the next round.
 

Match Reports for week ending 06th March 2010


In the First Division, the Arms City Coachworks title chances look slim as they were held to a 3-3 draw by a battle hardened Saltgrass FC. The Arms have had a sudden dip in form and must now win their BIG games that they have got coming up.
Goals from Chris Bewick, Richard Timm and Scott Tench had the Arms in control, but Saltgrass under the influence of star man John Higham rallied and hit back to grab a precious point thanks to goals from David Wilkonson, Ian Old and Martin Adams. The Arms star man was Gavin Lafferty.
The Cove had their best chance of the season to secure their first win, but they somehow let a 3-0 lead slip and were undone by Usworth FC who staged a remarkable comeback to clinch the three points with a 4-3 win.
The Cove got off to the perfect start as Oxley ran with the ball from his own half before calmly slotting the ball past the keeper to give his side an unexpected lead. It got even better for the Cove as Steven Davison scored right on half time to give his side a two goal advantage. 5 minutes into the second half and the Cove were in dreamland as Steven Davison hit his second goal of the game to give his side an unassailable lead.
Usworth had other ideas and a touchline rollicking from their manager seemed to kick them into gear as man of the match Andy Makin kickstarted their comeback with a fine goal. The introduction of supersub Andy Murray seemed to pay dividends as he scored two cracking goals to haul his side level. The Cove were looking to hold on to grab a vital point, but it was not to be as Ben Waggott hit the winning goal for Usworth in the 90
th minute. Steve Lisle starred for The Cove.
League leaders
Washington Cricket Club continued their push for title honours with a convincing 8-1 win against new boys to the league, East Durham Spartans.
Washington controlled possession in the early stages of the game, but found the visitors hard to break down as they were well marshalled by their skipper. The home sides pressure finally took effect with Phil Ingram slotting home after a fine pass from David Fittes. It was soon 2-0 as David Fittes rose to head in from a corner.
Shortly after the resumption Washington increased their lead, again from a corner, the ball was headed clear to the edge of the box where Phil Ingram controlled and finished with poise into the top corner. The 4
th followed minutes later when David Fittes chased down a long ball, and as the keeper attempted to clear, the ball was deflected back towards the goal eventually rolling over the line.
Phil Ingram completed his hattrick, spinning well in the box to turn the ball in from close range. The visitors responded well, going close on two occasions when a header clipped the bar from a corner, and a shot hitting the post minutes later.
However they could not contain the home side when substitute Costa Loraine headed powerfully into the top corner to notch his first goal for the club.  Another goal followed, from a corner as the ball flew across the goal where Anthony Dixon headed in from close range. The rout was finally complete as Stephen Cuthbertson fired home. Spartans did manage to score a late consolation with a suspiciously offside goal, when Scot Jackson ran clear to slot the ball under the keeper.
Lee Wood was star performer for the Spartans.
Elsewhere,
Times Inn were full value in their 2-1 success against Shiney Row Country Park Inn at Thompson Park.
The semi final line-up for the Wearmouth and Hylton Aged Peoples Trophy is now complete as
Colonel Prior turned on the style as they hammered Hylton CW 5-0 to win their quarter final clash.
The Prior were irrepressible all game and could have won by a hatful but they squandered chance after chance. Man of the match Andy Smith led the way with a well taken brace and was assisted with further strikes from Jonathon Glenwright, Paul Richardson and Steven ‘Zico’ Richardson.
The Prior’s reward for their win is a semi final clash against Redhouse.
Blue House progressed in the Alan hood Memorial Trophy as they won their last 16 clash against Hylton CW Juniors 5-2. Blue House had Hylton on the back foot straight away playing some lovley football and it was no surprise when they took the lead as Keith Lonsdale gleefully tapped the ball home after the visiting keeper had fumbled a James Gilhespy free kick. Blue House simply had too much class for the opponents and it was soon 2-0 as Martin Hope scored with a 20 yard half volley from a defenders woeful clearance. Hylton Colliery Juniors gave themselves a chance to get back in it as they converted a penalty. This did not deter the East End side as they went in search of more goals and they were rewarded with their 3rd goal as Martin Hope grabbed his second goal of the game as he lashed the ball into the top corner following a fine pass from Brian Carter.
It was a pretty slow start to the second half by both teams with most of the ball staying in the middle of the park but that all changed when James Gilhespy ran down the left wing and whipped the ball in for Martin Ghandi Hope to dummy it Pele style onto the foot of Brian ‘Club Foot’ Carter who struck it past the keeper to put his side 4-1 up and the tie out out of the reach of a sorry Hylton side.
Hylton, though to their credit kept going and did manage to pull another goal back to make it 2-4, but all hope of a great comeback was put out of sight when John Bewick crossed it for Martin Hope to tap the ball into the net to complete a fantastic hattrick. Jordan ‘Ginger Skin’ Thompson was star man again for Blue House.
Blue House were rewarded for their win with a mouthwatering quarter final clash against Jolly Potters.
In the TWR Comercial League Challenge Cup,
Jolly Potters progressed to the next round at the expense of luckless Hendon FC with a fine 5-3 victory.
Michael Wharton was the hero for the Potters as he hit four goals as was joined on the scoresheet by Paul Thompson. Hendon hit back with goals from Kyle Sumner (2) and man of the match Lee ‘flamingo legs’ Owens.
In the same competition, Chesters BB also won through to the next round as they defeated an unlucky Colliery Tavern 3-2. Goals from Dan Makin, Dean McKeown and Marc Stephenson saw Rob King’s side home. Anthony Peel was Chesters star performer.
In the only Premier Division game to be played, Aquatic Sports did their title chances a world of good as the annihilated Dawdon CW 9-1 to keep the pressure on leaders Jolly Potters.
Aquatic were in imperious form as hero Scott Hailstone hit a well taken hattrick, this was his second hattrick in successive weeks. Also amongst the goals were Carl Old (2), Alan Palin, Simon Pennock and Mark Dickinson.
Team Head Coach, David Hoey was full of praise for his side following the victory saying “ The lads were terrific today and are beginning to realise the potential and now know what is at stake. The title race is far from over and I would love it, just love it if we could win the title. I’m telling ya just love it”.



Match Reports for week ending 27th February 2010 Match Reports for week ending 27th February 2010

The weekend’s fixtures were almost completely wiped out due to the atrocious weather, but two fixtures managed to go ahead. Both games were packed with goals and high drama.
In the Premier Division, an exhilarating battle was had at Marley Pots as
Aquatic Sports and Blue House produced a 5-5 draw.
Blue House started the game great and won an early corner it which was swept in from the left over everybody for Keith Lonsdale to run in at the back post and bullet a header past the goalie. The lead only lasted a couple of minutes as Aquatic Sports drew level to make it 1-1. Blue House began to play some lovely football and regained the lead as James Gilhespy won the ball and outran the home defence and blasted the ball past the helpless keeper. It was nearly 3-1 to Blue House but the referee harshly ruled out Martin Hope’s effort, from this Aquatic broke away and equalised to make it 2-2. The game was end to end as both teams battled away in conditions that were described as deplorable.
This didn’t deter a focused Blue House as they were rewarded for their persistence as Martin ‘Ghandi’ Hope put his side in front again as he mis-kicked his cross and it sailed over the bemused keeper and into the net. Aquatic are made of sterner stuff this season and hit straight back as they were awarded a penalty, unfortunately the spot kick was saved in style by South African John McLean and the resulting rebound was cleared off the line. This seemed to break Aquatic’s spirit and Blue House capitalised on this as Alan Golightly scored a sublime goal to give his side a 4-2 lead. The action just didn’t stop there as Aquatic gave themselves a lifeline as they grabbed another goal to make it 3-4 right on half time.
The second half started at a frantic pace with both teams going at it hammer and tongs, Blue House settled into their stride and missed numerous chances to kill the game off, but it was Aquatic who got the breakthrough as they equalised for the third time in the match to make it 4-4. Blue House went in search for the winner and they thought they had got it when Alan Golightly smashed in his second goal of the game. As the game wore on both sides had chances and it was Blue House who had the best chance of the half as they were awarded a penalty, up stepped Martin Hope and he could only watch in despair as he saw his spot kick saved.
This spurred Aquatic on and they finally got their just rewards as they got the equaliser to bring the score to an astonishing 5-5. Chances were missed at both ends but neither side could find that elusive winner. Scott Hailstone was the hero for Aquatic as he bagged a hattrick and was backed up with goals from Carl Old and Simon Pennock. Jordan Thompson was man of the match for Colin Hope’s men.
In the First Division,
Hylton CW Juniors hit the goal trail for the second week running, this time they handed out a 10-1 beating to a startled Usworth. With prolific marksman David Ward missing, it was left up to his fellow team mates to fill their boots. Man of the match Mark Curry led the way with an excellent hattrick, Gavin Dorward helped himself to a brace, Andrew Kibble and Jon Stokoe also hit the back of the net before Shaun Harrison weighed in with an impressive hattrick. Ross McGlen hit a consolation goal fro Usworth whilst Evan Lowrie was their star performer.