Match Reports

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.
 

Match Report for week ending 03rd April 2010


In the Premier Division,
Aquatic Sports title hopes went down the pan as they were crushed by a resurgent Hendon FC 4-1 at Marley Pots. Aquatic had all the best play in the first half and led to a fine strike from player manager David Hoey.

The second half was a different story as Hendon came out of the blocks as fast as Usain Bolt, they laid siege to the Aquatic goal and made the breakthrough as Keith Churchill struck and soon after it was Steven Clark who put the East End side in the lead. The rout was then completed by star man Lee ‘Pencil’ Owens who scored twice to round off a great day for Konch’s men.

Jolly Potters have one hand on the title thanks to a 6-0 trouncing of Hendon Grange Global Gym.

Michael McCabe found his scoring boots as he scored four times and was assist in the goalscoring stakes by David Keithley who scored a brace. Potters will now take some stopping although Blue House may have a say in title matters if they can win their games in hand.

Elsewhere,
Chesters BB gained 3 well earned points as they outgunned Dawdon CW 5-1.

Dawdon took a surprise lead through star man Craig Lloyd, but Chesters hit back with a fine solo effort from Andy Hall. Chesters settled into their stride and were soon ahead as Anthony Yates scored his first goal of the season from 30 yards out. Yates then added a second after a fine play from Kevin 'Twinkle Toes' Berry. It was 4-1 shortly before half time as Michael Chapman scored after beating four defenders before stroking the ball past the keeper.

Chesters management decided to make changes at half time, with the changes made the pace of the game dropped and after a period of sustained pressure Dan Callaghan scored to make the game safe for the Chesters.

In the First Division it looks like it will go to the wire as both top two sides won.
Colliery Tavern are now setting the pace as they won a tricky game against Sassco Uk 4-2 at Downhill.

Anthony Stokell and Carl Chapman had the Tavern 2-0 up before Scott Hembrough reduced the deficit from a first ever assist from Sangha.
The Tavern were bossing the second half and extended their lead as Michael Bulmer struck, Sassco remained positive and hit back as Michael Oliver went through and beat the keeper with ease to give his side a glimmer of hope. This hope was soon dashed as Michael Bulmer sealed the game with his 25
th goal of the season.

Washington Cricket Club remain hot on the heels of the leaders as they won 3-2 against a stubborn Shiney Row Country Park Inn.

The Cricketers were quickest out of the blocks in a game that was played on a very boggy pitch and after all the early pressure they took the lead as Anthony Dixon netted after great work from David Fittes. Park Inn couldn’t get into the game as they were reduced to chasing shadows and then on 20 minutes it was 2-0 as a corner was flicked on for Stephen Cuthbertson to slam into the net at the far post.

Park Inn were having the odd foray into the opposition half but to no effect as the Cricketers were in total command and they made their superiority count when on the stroke of half time it was 3-0, David Fittes danced his way through the defence and cleverly chipped the advancing keeper – it was a goal straight out of the Messi textbook.

The second half started with Country Park Inn being a different team, as the visitors sat back on their lead and this allowed Park Inn to reduce the deficit as their forward beat off several challenges then cooly slotted past the keeper. This gave Park Inn the momentum and they were causing the Washington back four problems. Then out of the blue, Washington had a great chance to kill the game off as they were given a penalty, nerves crept as the resulting spot kick was well saved.
 
 In the dying seconds of the game Country Park Inn got their second, when from a corner the ball was slotted in at the back post.
 
After a little loss of form,
Arms City Coachworks returned to winning ways as they were convincing 4-1 winners at Times Inn.

As usual the Arms struggled to get going and the Times had 3 early efforts none of which were on target. Then after 15 minutes a mix up in the Arms defence saw the Times striker run through and slot the ball past Robinson in the Arms goal. The rest of the half saw the Arms spurn a host of chances and went into the half time break a goal down.

Changes were made by the Arms hierarchy along with different tactics, this seemed to work as they grabbed a well deserved equaliser with manager Gordon Pratt-Glendenning stoking after a free kick from Peter Harding.  Arms had their tails up and were soon ahead thanks to a fine strike from Steve Herkes that ended up in the top corner leaving the keeper stranded.

It was soon 3-1 to the visitors as boss Pratt-Glendenning grabbed his second of the game and just before full time, Steve Wright scored the clinching goal – it was his fifteenth shot of the game.

Ryan Ascherl was man of the match for the Arms.

Cambridge Hotel recorded a fine win at Usworth FC as they triumphed 3-1. Star man Paul Stoker opened the scoring and he was backed up with goals from Craig McShane and Lee Stephenson.

Shiney Row Travellers Rest were worthy winners as The Cove succumbed to a 5-2 defeat. The Travellers stormed into a two goal lead but their lead was quickly vanished as the Cove hit back to equalise with goals from Brown and Hourigan.

The second half belonged to the Travellers as they enjoyed thelions share of possession and converted three more goals to seal the win. Travellers goals came from Sinclair (2), J Rowntree, B Rowntree and R Rowntree.

The
Saltgrass were just not at the races as an inept display saw them well beaten 4-0 at home to an under strength Hylton CW Juniors.

East Durham Spartans had a great weekend as on Saturday they battled to earn a precious point as they drew 2-2 away to Park View.
On the Bank Holiday Monday the Spartans put
Times Inn to the sword as they ran out 4-2 winners to move clear of the Cove who prop up the table.
Their was more action in midweek as
Hendon FC have found form at long last as they recorded a fine 5-3 win at Houghton Town B in the Premier Division. Goals from Jason Gargett (2), Graeme Thornton, Kyle Sumner and star man Martin ‘Action’ Jackson secured the points.

In the First Division
Washington Cricket Club regained the top spot as they beat a plucky Shiney Rows Travellers Rest 4-2. The Cricketers goals came from Anthony Dixon, David Laidler, Costa Lorraine and Phil Ingram.

Hylton CW Juniors enjoyed a 5-3 success at Park View.

Cambridge Hotel and Sassco Uk fought out an entertaining 2-2 draw. Goals from Gareth Stoker and Michael Pearson secured the point for Sassco.

East Durham Spartans continued their good form as they picked up a good point in a 3-3 draw against Usworth FC.

Jolly Potter avenged a previous cup defeat as they surged into the semi finals of the Alan Hood Memorial Trophy after a fine 2-0 win over Blue House. Their reward is a semi final clash with Washington Cricket Club.

Match Reports for week ending 27th March 2010

It was semi finals day in the Wearmouth and Hylton Aged People Trophy, Blue House upset the form book as they stormed into the final as they disposed of a full strength Jolly Potters 3-1 in fiercely contested match.

 Blue House started the strongest and had numerous chances to be in front but the Potters keeper kept the Blue House attack at bay with some top drawer saves. Moments later it was the Potters who delivered the first blow as they took the lead against the run of play, a cross was whipped in and the visitors keeper collided with a forward and the resulting ball was tapped into the net much to the delight of home supporters who were doing a conga up and down South Hylton bank.

Going a goal down seemed to inject some much needed urgency into the Blue House and they began to pile on the pressure and it wasn’t long before they got their deserved equaliser , the Potters defence were finally penetrated as Hope saw his shot saved but to his relief Brian Carter smashed home the rebound to leave the keeper stranded. The rest of the half belonged to the Potters who enjoyed long periods of sustained pressure, but unfortunately there was no end product.

 The second half started off at a whirlwind pace with both teams trying to both assert their influence on the game and to grab a goal that would prove vital. Potters had the best of the chances but the East End lads stood firm and repelled anything that was thrown at them. Blue House had an attack of their own and took the lead in spectacular fashion, they were awarded a free kick 30 yards from goal and up stepped Luke Morrow whose effort hit the underside of the crossbar and into the net.

The Potters now had to start all over again to get back into the game as they through everything but the kitchen sink at the opposition goal, Blue House as usual stood firm and broke away and hit their third goal to break the Potters hearts. Lewis Moan hit the decisive goal a he scored with a sweetly struck half volley which left the keeper begging for bread. Blue House held on and were relieved to hear the final whistle as they celebrated in reaching their first final.

Jordan Thompson was again star man for Blue House with a powerhouse midfield display. Special praise must go to manager Colin Hope for all his hard work this season and this win is the icing on the cake. 

In the other semi final, it was the
Colonel Prior who booked their place in the final as they edged out Redhouse 4-2 on penalties after the game was tied 2-2 after extra time.

The game was played in good spirits but conditions were difficult with the wind and hard pitch proving to be major obstacles for both sides to try and play a passing game. Prior took the lead thanks to Ross McLagan, although his effort did take a slight deflection and he is definitely claiming it. Chances were hard to come by as both teams cancelled each other out, then against the run of play Rehouse equalised as Dale Huggins pounced on a poor clearance to stroke the ball home.

 The second half was a very tight affair, more like a game of chess and it was the Prior who made the right move as they were awarded a penalty which was blasted home in style by Gary Adey. With seconds remaining, Redhouse were themselves awarded a hotly disputed penalty -  Lee Melia kept his nerve as he swept the ball home to send the game into extra time.

Both teams went for the jugular in search of the winning goal and Redhouse thought they had scored the decisive goal but to their dismay, it was disallowed. The game then went to a penalty shoot-out and it was Dave Sanderson who was the Prior hero as it was his deciding spot kick that sent his side into the final.

Steve Richardson was Prior star man and Steven Anderson starred for Redhouse.
The final will now be contested by Blue House and Colonel Prior on Monday 26
th April 2010.


In the First Division,
Washington Cricket Club dropped vital points in their title quest as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Hylton CW Juniors at a windswept Southern Area.

 An early sequence of corners from Washington were causing the Juniors problems but the early opportunities fell to the Juniors as the home side had their keeper to thank making one good save with his legs. Washington eventually got the early breakthrough when great play by Anthony Dixon put David Fittes through on the left, his precise left foot cross was met by Gavin Pine who finished with great aplomb. The Juniors came back well and equalised when a long ball was pulled back into the six yard box to be finished well as both sides went into the half time break on level terms.

The second half kicked off with Washington trying to play football against the increasing wind and they took the lead as David Fittes powered in a header from a well flighted corner. Once again the  Juniors came back well and had numerous occasions to equalise with their long throws wreaking havoc in the home team defence.  Eventually the pressure from the Juniors eventually paid dividends a ball was pumped into the box and was met by the forward  who headed high across the goal and into the far corner.

Hylton had a glorious chance at the death to clinch the win but they blew it as their forward could only manage to spoon the ball over the bar much to the relief of the Cricketers, who must now find their previous form if they are to have a say in the championship race.

Leaders
Colliery Tavern strengthened their grip at the top as they went goal crazy at Thompson Park as they battered Times Inn 10-1.

Luke Page replied for Times Inn, but the Tavern were simply irresistible as Carl Chapman hit four goals and was backed up by further strikes from Michael Bulmer and Darren Straughan. However, it was the performance of Anthony Stokell that caught the eye as he hit four goals to cap a mesmerising display.

The Colliery Tavern have now scored over 100 goals this season.

Sassco UK got back to winning ways as they defeated a spirited The Cove 4-0. The wind was proving to be a thorn in both sides, but it was Sassco who drew first blood as Anthony Langan fired his side ahead. This settled Sassco down and they didn’t wait long to double their lead courtesy of Scott Hembrough.

After a half time rollicking, Sassco performed much better in the second half and were reward with further goals from Scott Hembrough and a free kick from David Gourlay.

Eslewhere in the First Division,
Shiney Row Travellers Rest shared the spoils with Park View as both teams played out a 1-1 draw.
The Travellers took the lead thanks to a well taken goal from Dean Sinclair and they were denied further goals as they were denied by fantastic saves from Steve Siffler in the View goal. The View then got their equaliser as Rob Robson drove home.

Steve Saville was man of the match for The View.

The
Arms City Coachworks great start to the season seems to have come to a halt as they were well beaten 3-0 by Cambridge Hotel which all but ended their title ambitions.

Craig McShane was the hero for the Hoteliers as he scored a well taken hattrick. Anthony Powell was star man for the Hoteliers and Dan Smith starred for the Arms.

Shiney Row Country Park Inn were convincing winners as they routed Usworth 5-0. Star man Keith Robinson led the way with a well taken brace, Andrew White also scored as did Wayne Froud who helped himself to two goals.

In the Premier Division,
Hendon FC got finally got back to winning ways as they defeated Dawdon CW 6-0 at Stannington Grove.

Star man David Rush started the goal fest as he notched twice, further goals from Jason Gargett, Steven Clark, Kevin Churchill and Lee ‘Luggio’ Welsh eased Hendon to a comprehensive victory. They celebrated the win by treating themselves to a crate of Irn Bru and a case of Pork Scratchings.

In the only other league game to be played,
Chesters BB earned a point with a hard fought 2-2 draw at home to Hylton CW. Strikes from Ian Redman and an own goal saw the Chesters grab a well earned draw.

Aquatic Sports are having a great season and it just keeps getting better as they progressed to the next round of the TWR Commercial League Challenge Cup by disposing of Houghton Town B 2-0 at Marley Pots.

Town had two early penalty appeals turned down, but it was Aquatic who had the edge as the took the lead as Lee Brennan swept home after a fine cross from Simon Pennock. It wasnt long before Aquatic put this tie to bed as they grabbed a second goal, Scott Hailstone scampered clear to slot the ball past the rooted keeper after some fine play in midfield.

Aquatic held on to ease into the next round.

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.

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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.

Match Reports for Week Ending 20th February 2010

Arms City Coachworks charge for the league title hit the buffers as they suffered a very heavy 8-1 drubbing at the hands of Hylton CW Juniors.

Hylton marksman, David Ward, was the chief tormentor as he ran the Arms defence ragged all afternoon and also help himself to an astonishing 6 goal haul – all this under the watchful eye of England number 2 Franco Baldini!! Ricardo Cabezas pulled a goal back for the Arms to give his side a glimmer of hope, but further goals from Darryl Cullerton and Gavin Dorward saw the Colliers romp home to victory.

The
Colliery Tavern, disappointed at the previous weeks cup loss returned to league action in the quest of 3 valuable points as they too are in the title hunt. They heaped misery on their opponents, Shiney Row Travellers Rest as they came away with a hard fought 3-1 win. Travellers goal came from starman Bowman, whilst goals from Carl Chapman, Darren Straughan and Michael Bulmer saw the Tavern home. Anthony Stokell was star performer for Colliery Tavern.

League leaders
Washington Cricket Club won 3-0 in their encounter with the Saltgrass at Quarry View. With a changed team Washington started brightly and took an early lead on 5 minutes, when a through ball saw David Laidler pressurise the Saltgrass defender into slotting the ball past his own advancing keeper and into the unguarded net.

Washington were playing fluently and created another early chance when good football allowed an opportunity for Gavin Pine to be put clear inside the box, but his effort was saved well by the Saltgrass keeper.  Then David Laidler was put clear through on goal but could only drag his shot wide of the far post.

Washington were well on top and kept possession well, an effort from David Fittes had the Saltgrass keeper diving at full stretch turning a well hit shot round the post for a corner. 

The second half started where the first half finished with Washington well on top and they increased their lead when a free kick was whipped in and met by the head Jamie Haughey who scored his first goal for Washington.  He almost doubled his total when from a corner he rose well to head wide at the far post. 

 The Saltgrass to their credit kept working hard but just couldn’t stem the flow of Washington attacks and eventually fell further behind when a rasping shot from 35 yards from James Douglas was turned over the bar by the home keeper, from the resulting corner a scramble ensued when finally David Fittes stabbed the ball into the six yard box and it being eventually deflected in to the home net off a combination of two defenders.  This sealed the game and the points for the Cricketers. Andrew Forbes starred for the Saltgrass and Fittes for Cricketers.

Park View fielded their strongest team for the first time this season and it certainly benefitted them as they trounced the luckless Cove.

The View got off to a flying start as they took the lead after only 15 seconds with Simon Peacock tapping the ball home from starman Alex Yip. Things got even better for the View as it was soon 2-0 thanks to an effort from Mark Todd, the Cove responded immediately as they pulled a goal back courtesy of a cool finish from Gavin Snowdon.

The View’s Alex Yip was in unstoppable form as it was his run and fine executed pass which led to Ron Baker scoring his sides third. It was soon 4-1 as Dave Lilwall scored direct from a corner, again the Cove were not to be outdone and pulled another goal back through Andrew Brown to give his side renewed hope. This gave View a timely reminder that they could not rest on their laurels and scored another 2 goals before half time thanks to Alex Yip and Mark Todd who grabbed his second of the match.

The second half saw Park View relax a little and they began to play some more confident football which mainly led to shots being fired over the bar. The Cove defended a lot better in the second period but this reduced the amount of attacks on the View goal, although they did hit the post with one effort. The game was put to bed as further goals from Lilwall and Peacock gave the View a welcome 3 points. Lilwall was to be denied his hattrick as his effort was ruled out offside.

Elsewhere, the
Cambridge Hotel were beaten 2-1 at home to the ever improving Usworth.

In the League Challenge Cup,
Aquatic Sports booked their place in the next round as they ran riot in a 9-0 demolition job of Hylton CW at Marley Pots. Carl Old was the hero for Aquatic as he netted 5 goals and was joined in on the act by Scott Hailstone, Craig Watson, Paul Cromack and Billy Harrison who contributed with further goals. Barry Cook was Hylton’s star player.

Aquatic manager Dave ‘The Special One’ Hoey said it was a great team effort and praised all the lads for a tremendous performance.

In the Premier Division, a battle royal was had at South Hylton as
Jolly Potters scraped to a 2-1 win over fellow title challengers Blue House.

Blue House started off well and within the first couple of minutes Jordon Thompson had the first opportunity but his shot was easily saved by the Potters keeper. The Jolly Potter almost took the lead as a speculative shot beat the Blue House keeper only to see it come off the inside of the post roll along the line only to be cleared by the Blue House defence.

Blue House was playing some good two touch football and had a couple of long range efforts but they didn't really trouble the Potters keeper. Then against the run of play, the Potters took the lead as man of the match Michael Wharton scored with a thumping effort from 25 yards which left the visitors keeper begging for bread. Blue House had plenty of chances to draw level and they thought they got the breakthrough when a corner was knocked in and met by the head of Luke Morrow only to see it scrambled of the line by the Potters defence.

Blue House started the second half the much stronger side and Martin Hope had their best chance but he could only watch as his free kick just dipped over the bar. Colin Hope’s men were not to be thwarted as moments later they got their deserved equaliser as James Gilhespy rifled in a free kick which hit the back of the net via the post and left the keeper flatfooted.

The game had a bit of an edge as Blue House were well on top but couldn’t get the elusive goal their play deserved. With the game as tight as it was the next goal would be the winner, and it was the Potters who came up trumps as Paul Thompson stooped to knock in a free kick to send the home fans delirious. Hope had a great chance to level the game but screwed his shot well wide and the Potters hung on for a vital 3 points. Star performer for Blue House was Luke Morrow.

Chesters BB bounced back from their previous shocking defeat in style as they trounced hapless Dawdon CW 7-1. Michael Wilson grabbed a consolation goal for Dawdon but efforts from Ian Redman, Stephenson, Makin (2) and an excellent hattrick from man of the match Kevin Gordon saw the Chesters home.

Redhouse continued their decent run of form with a 4-0 win over a sorry Hendon FC.  Hendon had numerous chances of their own but found home keeper Carl Middlemiss in fine form. 
Redhouse then  took the lead with a goal which would have graced  any game, left back Dixon  received  a roll out from the keeper,  his  ball up the line found Neil Middlemiss  on the halfway line,  he played  a smart one two with Wooton before smashing an unstoppable left foot drive into  the  top corner. The goal resembled that of Brazil’s fourth goal in the 1970 World Cup Final.
  The second half saw Redhouse the much stronger side and soon doubled their lead as Craig Charlton pounced on a miskick from the Hendon keeper.  Neil Middlemiss then got his second of the game  after being  sent  through by Dave Taylor.  It was soon 4-0 when  of all people, left back John "the sock" Dixon found  himself one on one with the keeper after a sweeping move,  his initial shot was saved  but he eventually  somehow managed to scramble home  the rebound amid howls of  derision and laughter of the home  supporters.
  Ryan Abdul-McNaught  was man of the match for Redhouse and Gareth Hill was star man for Konch’s men.

The
Colonel Prior had dreams of lifting the Durham Minor Cup but these hopes were dashed as they lost 6-3 in their quarter final clash away to Gateshead Rutherford Reserves. The Prior travelled away with a depleted squad through various reasons, after starting the game well they were 1-0 down after a very dubious penalty was given against them, it was soon 2 -0 as a speculative effort from 25 yards sailed over the keeper and into the net. The Prior got a goal back just before half time from John Spence.

After a good team talk, the Prior came out flying and were having good possession and were bossing thegame. However, the loss of their influential midfielder seemed to knock them out of their stride as they soon found themselves 5-1 down conceding 3 soft goals. Goals from Dale Spence and Lee Norman for the Prior set up a frantic last 25 minutes, chance after chance went begging for the Prior in fact 20 to be precise. Gateshead soaked up all the pressure and finally killed the game off as they broke away to score their sixth goal and seal a place in the semi finals. Sanderson was man of the match for the Prior.

In summery this was a one sided game which we were guilty of giving some soft goals away, bad luck and missing a massive amount of chances.
anyway good game in good spirit from both teams
goals, j spence, d spence, l norman
mom, sanderson

Match Reports for Week Ending 13th February 2010

The Wearmouth and Hylton Aged People Trophy had reached the quarter final stages and first up was Blue House who stormed into the semi finals by crushing Hylton Colliery Juniors 5-2.

Blue House started like a house on fire and had all the early chances and should of been a couple of goals to the good, but it was midway through the first half when a long throw by Jordan Thompson was met by John Cairns whose looping header went straight into the net. It should have been 2-0 but Brian Carter spurned a great chance with only the keeper to beat, from the resulting miss, Hylton strode forward and equalised. Moments later Hylton won a penalty,the resulting spot kick was superbly saved by Cairns but the Hylton forward easily dispatched the rebound to send his side 2-1 up and an upset looked likely.

Blue House were given a stern talking to at the interval and this seemed to spur them on as they came out flying and got straight back into the game when Blue House won a free kick and up stepped James Gilhespy who struck it into the top corner for the equaliser. Moments later it was 3-2 to the East End side as Michael Potts thumped a header past the keeper.

Blue House were relentless in their play and it was soon 4 -2 as Martin Hope smashed home a penalty after Golightly was felled in the box. Hylton tried in vain to get back into the game but they just couldn’t seem to find a way past the well organised defence of Blue House, this was to be pivotal in Blue House getting their fifth goal when Martin Hope grabbed his 2
nd goal after a fine run and finish.

Redhouse also progressed to the semi finals with a hard fought 2-1 victory over local rivals Aquatic Sports.  A slow start from Redhouse was compounded when Aquatic took the lead through an Alan Palin strike after playing a smart 1-2 with Carl Old.  Redhouse finally woke up and started to create chances of their own and soon equalised when great play from Middlemiss and Charlton set away  Tommy Bell to twist and turn the defender inside out before firing a shot into the bottom corner. 
 
The second half was a more open affair, with Carl Middlemiss making a stunning save from an Aquatic header and Davy "shoulders" Taylor nearly put Redhouse in front when his stinging shot was tipped onto the post after a good move.  Pressure from Mr Braziers finally paid off when they took the lead in great fashion following a great move involving both Melia and Bell with the latter skipping past a few players before pulling the ball back for Craig Charlton to smash an unstoppable shot through a crowd of players and send Redhouse marching onto the semi finals.

Elsewhere,
Jolly Potters also made the semi finals after a more than convincing 9-0 victory over a below par Chesters BB. Michael Wharton led the way for the Potters with a four goal salvo, Joe Walton was also in fine goalscoring form as he weighed in with a hattrick. Further goals from Stephen Robson and David ‘Hotdog’ Keithley ensured a safe passage to the semi finals.

In the First Division, there were celebrations galore as
The Cove gained their first point of the season as they battled to a 2-2 with Times Inn.

After a turbulent few weeks for The Cove, there was a sign of changes of the times as 6 new players were given their debuts and this paid off from the start as they became a more settled side and this stood them in good stead for the rest of the match. Both teams missed vital penalties to win the match respectively, the Cove saw their penalty comfortably saved while the Times Inn skied their spot kick over the bar.

Norman Newton and Joe Walters grabbed the goals for Times Inn, the goalscoring hero for the Cove was Ray Thomas who grabbed a double. Could this be a change in fortunes for The Cove?

East Durham Spartans stay 2nd bottom albeit with a good few games in hand after they grabbed a share of the spoils after a hard fought 2-2 draw against Usworth. Spartans goals from James Ayre-Mackey and James Connor.

In the Shiney Row derby, it was
Travellers Rest who stole the title of ‘Top Dogs’ after they convincingly beat Country Park Inn 5-2. Goals from Anthony Mallin and Marc Evans were in vain for the Park Inn as they were thumped into submission by starman Dean Sinclair who helped himself to 4 goals and was backed up by a strike from John Rowntree to give the Travellers the 3 points.

In the Premier Division,
Houghton Town B eased their relegation fears with a battling 4-2 win over winless Hendon Grange Global Gym.

Town boss Lee Bogan tore up the teamsheet from the previous weeks weak surrender against Jolly Potter and started again changing formation and personnel in a back to basics move and the results were good as Town found a great team spirit and will to win to come from behind twice on an awful pitch and get a good win and great confidence boost before next weeks big county cup game.

Town started well and went at Grange from the off looking dangerous everytime they attacked and chances went begging. After the early pressure it was the Grange who surprisingly took the lead when the unfortunate Gary Sloan put through his own net after a defensive mix up.This got Town’s tails up and they went in search of the equaliser and it soon came as Phil Dorian dispatched a fine cross from Magnus. Grange threatened on a few occasions before the braek but found Nev Boardman in the Town goal in inspired form.

The Grange again took the lead on 50 minutes when slack defending let in Mick Greenshields who scored with ease. All credit to Town as they immediately showed their fighting qualities as they hit back to level the game with Dean Smith heading the equaliser after Pattinson had struck the bar with his shot. The goal disheartened the Gymboy’s as Andrew Steele fired Town into the lead with a sublime lob over the onrushing keeper. It was soon 4-2 and game over as Dean Smith headed his 2
nd goal and 18th of the season after a pinpoint cross from Liam Stokoe who had recently signed for Town from Hendon Grange.

Colonel Prior gained revenge for last weeks cup defeat to Hylton CW as they beat them this time round 2-1 to claim the 3 points at the Billy Hardy Centre.

It was Hylton who drew first blood as Barry Cook fired them ahead against the run of play, Prior hit back immediately as Steven Richardson equalised after put clean through and he finished with aplomb. Prior were well on top and it wasn’t long before they took the lead thanks to Adey who headed in from a McLagan corner.

The second half was a more tense affair as both teams battled for supremacy and it was the Prior who should have wrapped up the win at the death, Paul Richardson went one on one with the keep but could only watch in despair as he scuffed his shot wide.

In the Alan Hood Memorial Trophy, an eagerly anticipated quarter final was in store as both pacesetters from the First Division clashed at Rolls Royce. A great clash was had as
Washington Cricket Club ran out 1-0 victors against luckless Colliery Tavern.

The Cricketers were well out of the traps and on 5 minutes they scored what turned out to be the winning goal. A great run from David Laidler seemed to be ended by an intervention from Lee ‘Pek’ Pennock but he could only watch on in horror as he poked the ball with his size 15 boots on past his helpless keeper.

The Tavern retaliated and Phil Sykes had to be at his best, when a sweetly struck volley was tipped over the bar. The Tavern now had the ascendency, with the Washington defence coping well with their quick flowing attacks, being fortunate on one occasion when the ball rebounded off a post and was cleared.

 As the half continued, Washington got a foothold back in the game and should have increased their lead when Phil Ingram ran clear, only to see his shot scrape by the far post. Then great one touch football down the right saw David Laidler being put through, only to see his shot hit the side netting.

 The 2
nd half began with Phil Sykes again making fine saves, one in particular where the ball was destined for the top corner but was tipped around the post by the irrepressible keeper. The Tavern, having the majority of possession could not break down a resolute Washington defence where James Douglas and Kirk McCourt were having outstanding games.

 Despite their desperate attempts to equalise, The Tavern were always going to leave themselves open for the counter attack and when sub Costa Loraine went round the keeper he looked destined to score but unfortunately hit his shot over the bar. The final whistle went and it was the Cricketers who were celebrating reaching the semi finals.

The league have two teams flying the flag in the Durham Minor Cup, both Colonel Prior and Houghton Town B hoping to secure wins to progress to the semi finals. They must do it their travels with Colonel Prior visiting Gateshead Rutherford Reserves and Houghton visiting South Shields United.

Match Reports for Week Ending 6th February 2010

Aquatic Sports got their Premier Division title aspirations back on track with a hard earned 4-2 win against botoom side Hendon Grange Global Gym at Stadio della Marley. The game got underway with both teams matching each other for the first 20 minutes before Aquatic took the lead against the run of play, a quick break down the left hand side saw Watson cross the ball to the far post which was met by Carl Old who scored with a well taken shot. Aquatic looked to build on the lead but The Grange hit back with a cracking equaliser from the left winger whose shot went in off the underside of the crossbar making it 1-1. As half time approached the game was even stevens until Aquatic struck on 40 minutes, a corner was swung and was met by Paul ‘Bobby Moore’ Cromack who rose like a tin of John West salmon at the front post to glance in a header to give his side a 2-1 half time lead.   The second half got underway with The Grange well on top as their good passing and movement saw them create a several chances, but as per usual there was no end product. Aquatic then went further ahead thanks to star man Scott Hailstone who helped himself to 2 goals, the Grange to their credit kept going and were rewarded as they pulled a goal back late on in the game. This was a welcome win for David Hoey’s side after their disappointing defeat in The Durham Minor Cup.
The
Jolly Potters bounced back from their County Cup drubbing in style as the hit Houghton Town B for six. A morale boosting 6-2 victory was just what the doctor ordered to enhance their claims for second successive League title.
A closely fought encounter was had at Stannington Grove as
Hendon FC claimed the 3 points win a 2-1 victory over Chesters BB. Dan Makin hit Chester’s goal, but strikes from Jason Gargett and star man Steven Clark put a gleaming smile on Hendon boss Michael Lynch’s boat race (face).
Hylton CW produced a great display as they beat Colonel Prior 3-1 after extra time in the Alan Hood Memorial Trophy quarter finals. The Prior were able to start the same team that produced a great result in their last game, but a few players were struggling with injuries. The game started with both teams battling well and with 25 mins gone the Prior were reduced to 10 men, as John Spence was given his marching orders for apparently stamping on a player. Anyway the game continued but it was the Prior’s 10 men who dominated creating chance after chance but were unable to find the net as the game ended 0-0 and extra time loomed.
Hylton CW came into their own as their fitness and extra man was finally beginning to tell as the Prior wilted under immense pressure, Lee Cresswell opened the scoring for the Colliers amid claims for offside. The lead was then doubled as a speculative shot from outside the box was spilled and Adam Hopps was on hand to tap in the rebound. Prior immediately pulled a goal back as star man Dave Sanderson went on a surging run only to be scythed down in the box with the referee pointing to the spot. Adey stepped up to score the penalty, hitting it hard and low giving the keeper no chance. This spurred on the Prior and they created several chances but just could’nt put them away and this was to cost them as Hylton broke away to grab their 3
rd and clinching goal thanks to Chris McGowan.
Hylton CW reward for their win is a place in the semi finals against yet to be named opponents.
In the First Division, only 3 games managed to get the go ahead after passing late pitch inspections. The top 3 sides were not in action so it was a chance for others to close the ever widening points gap.
Usworth proved to be too strong for the Shiney Row Travellers Rest as they handed out a 4-0 beating. Brett Rowntree starred for the Travellers, but could do nothing to prevent his side losing as goals from Andrew Murray, Andrew Kirtley, Andy Makin and Karl Pascoe saw Usworth home. Stuart Terry shone for Usworth.
The Saltgrass, a team full of promise, are hoping that 2010 is going to be a good one for them. It couldn’t have started any better for them as they won 4-1 in their clash with Park View.
Mr Klipper’s men clearly dominated the first half creating numerous chances but failing to capitalise on them. However, they eventually took the lead as the View cleared a corner but it fell to James ‘Chippy’ Butler who hit a ferocious 30 yard shot into the bottom corner of the net.
The second half started with Park View working hard to get back into the game as Rob Russell began to lead the Saltgrass midfield a merry dance. With the View committing men forward, the Deptford side him them where it hurts with a swift counter attack of the highest calibre, in form striker John Hope lashed the ball into the net after a 5 man move. Park View immediately pulled a goal back to give themselves a glimmer of hope.
The game then got a little bit scrappy and changes were made within the Saltgrass camp, this paid off as a loose ball fell to Ian Old who lobbed the onrushing keeping from an angle that defied the laws of physics. It was soon game over as Ian Old calmly rounded the keeper to grab his second goal after good work out wide from Paul Wilkinson.
The
Cambridge Hotel came out on top in a 7 goal thriller as they defeated East Durham Spartans 5-2.
Goals from star man Phil Robinson and Glen Maddison were in vain for the Spartans as the Cambridge hit back to win the game thanks to goals from Anthony Powell, Craig McShane and a stupendous hattrick from Liam Richardson of which 2 were absolute screamers.
In the TWR League Challenge Cup,
Redhouse progressed to the next round after thumping Dawdon CW 5-1. Gary Headen grabbed a late consolation for Dawdon.

Match Reports for Week Ending 9th January 2010

After an unwanted mid-season break due to the freak weather, it was a relief for the league programme to resume as well as a few eagerly anticipated Durham Minor Cup ties.
Houghton Town B progressed to the quarter finals of the Durham Minor Cup after an outstanding 7-4 win against Bishop Auckland Heighington Arms.

Town started the stronger and should have been in front in the first minute when Steele shot straight at the keeper following good work by Stokoe and Lax, further chances were missed by Smith and Hope before top scorer Dean Smith scored a cracking header from a pinpoint cross by Kyle Lax.

The Town midfield were dominating and Stokoe went close with a dipping volley before Smith got his second with a well taken goal from a Hope cross. Hope was wreaking havoc down the right. On 30 minutes, the visitors pulled a goal back as their forward pounced on a defensive mix up and scored after beating 5 players. The B-Team responded well and 5 minutes later a superb long ball by Agnew was chased by Dean Smith and he neatly chipped the keeper for his hat-trick and a 3-1 half time score.
On 50 minutes Steele was upended by the visitors keeper and picked himself up to smash home the resulting penalty to make it 4-1. This looked like game over, but the home side hit the self-destruct button and within a period of 15 minutes they conceded 3 soft goals and the tie was level at 4-4.

The visitors nearly went ahead but were denied by a fantastic double save from Nev Boardman. This seemed to inspire Town and it was Phil Dorian who volleyed Town back in front. Lee Bogan’s side made the game safe with 2 quick goals in stoppage time, Phil Dorian with his second and Kyle Lax who thumped in a superb free-kick.

Aquatic Sports failed to make it through after they were routed 5-0 by an impressive Winlaton Vulcan Inn.

Colonel Prior produced a near perfect performance as they too made it through to the quarter finals as they gave Jolly Potters a 5-1 thumping. game was in store. Prior manager, Sanderson had the luxury of 19 players to chose from and it was a welcome headache.

The game kicked off with both teams finding it hard to break each other down, Potters had their only chance of the half when Dave Keithley went through only for Adey to pull of a great save. Both teams battled through the 1st half with prior only having the odd half chance.

The second half was all about the Prior as they produced a superb display of defensive and attacking football, goals from keeper Adey with a well taken penalty, Dale Spence and a cracking hattrick from star man Andy Smith made sure the Prior had their name in the hat for the quarter final draw.

The League’s other representative in the Minor Cup, Blue House, exited at the hands of Evenwood White Swan 4-1.

In the First Division,Park View were looking to start the year with a win, but found it tough as they succumbed to a 4-2 defeat against the division’s form team Arms City Coachworks. The game started with the View seeing the majority of play and having the best chances. Both Todd and Yip both going close. The Arms did break forward on a few occasions only for their attacks to be thwarted by a solid View back four as the first half ended goalless.

Arms started the second period with a bit more bite but again failing to find the target, and their mis-firing was to cost them dearly as the View broke the deadlock as Alex Yip scored after pouncing on a mistake from the visitor’s keeper. It didn’t take long for the Arms to equalise as Jake Baker rose highest to head in from a free-kick. View’s lack of fitness and too much turkey began to show and this led to the floodgates opening as the Arms scored 3 goals and threatened to run riot.

Park View did pull it together as they managed to pull back a late consolation, Gary Todd scoring a cooly taken penalty.

Division leaders Washington Cricket Club kept their slender lead at the top after they edged a tense derby 3-2 against Usworth.

As per usual, the Cricketers were slow out of the starting blocks as they found themselves 0-1 down after 10 minutes. A weak headed back pass was pounced upon by an Usworth forward who scored at the second attempt.

The game was now being played at a high tempo as both teams strived to get the upper hand, and against the run of play the Cricketers equalised as David Fittes lobbed the ball into the net after good work from David Laidler. More chances were spurned by both sides as the half ended all square.

The second half was abit sloppy as both sides looked for inspiration, then out of the blue, Usworth took the lead when a 25 yard free kick was tipped onto the bar but luckily an Usworth forward was on hand to tap the ball home.

The Cricketers responded in good fashion as they created chance after chance but wayward finishing didn’t help them. They got their deserved equaliser as a corner was whipped in and was met by Stephen Cuthbertson who finished with aplomb. With their tails now up, Cricketers were now searching for the winner and it soon came after a mazy run from Stephen Cuthbertson was finished off by Anthony Dixon who slotted home from 6 yards.

The Cove are another team who have improved of late, but they were to be no match for the Colliery Tavern, the Southwick side were ruthless as they dished out a 16-0 beating.

Carl ‘Chimney’ Chapman led the rout as he notched four goals, Anthony Stokell, Michael Bulmer, and star man Darren Straughan weighed in with well taken hat-tricks and further goals from Ben Ward, Shaun McGregor andDanny Harding completed an easy win.

The Saltgrass were looking to improve on their 1st half of the season and they did it in style as they won 8-4 against the Times Inn.

John Hope was the main man for the Deptford side as he banged in 5 goals and was backed with further strikes from John Higham and a brace from Martin Adams. The Times Inn replied with goals from Michael Curry and an excellent hat-trick from Neil McNulty.

New team East Durham Spartans have a lot of catching up to do and were involved in an epic 13 goal thriller as they were defeated by The Cambridge Hotel 7-6.

Goals from the prolific Paul Stoker who hit a well taken hat-trick, Liam Richardson (2), Anthony Powell and Craig McShane made sure The Cambridge came away with the 3 points.
In the only Premier Division game, it was a battle of the basement boys as Dawdon CW and Hendon Grange Global Gym. It certainly looks like it could be relegation for the Musclemen as Dawdon grabbed 3 much needed points with a 3-2 win. Goals from James Lowery, Matthew Mustard and new signing Steven Gale saw the Colliers home.

Match Reports for Week Ending 6th December 2009

Chesters BB pulled off the shock result of the day as they won the Premier Division battle 3-1 against a seemingly invincible Jolly Potters side. Rob Kings men had already been beaten twice this season by the Potters and were determined to prove a point. A superb team performance ensued as the Potters had no answer to their opponents determination and will to win attitude.
The Chesters scorers were Kevin Berry, Leighton Cook and Clayton Davis, this result pulls their side away from the lower reaches of the division.
Aquatic Sports title aspirations took a dent as they surprisingly lost 3-1 against a Lee Owens inspired Hendon FC. Shaun Graham was the Aquatics marksmen, but they simply had no answer to the electrifying pace of Owens who scored twice and Martin ‘Action’ Jackson completed the scoring for the East End side. The return of Lee Owens could be a timely boost for Mr Lynch’s side although he can only play every two weeks as he is filming down south as the stunt double for Ian Beale in Eastenders.
There were goals galore at Herrington CW as
Houghton Town B staged an amazing comeback to grab a vital point as they held Redhouse to a 4-4 draw. The B-team took the lead through a Dean Smith special and his side continued to dominate for the next 20 minutes but crucially missed chances. If you don’t put your chances away they comeback to haunt you and this is what Mr Boans side found out as they had a crazy 10 minute spell and conceded two soft goals.
The second half started with Redhouse asserting all the pressure as their opponents were having a siesta, the pressure finally took its toll as it was 3-1 to the visitors after a fine solo effort. Worse was to follow as Redhouse scored a fourth and threatened to run riot.
Phil Dorian pulled a goal back after a fine finish to give Town a glimmer of hope. Minutes later A thunderbolt from star man Hamilton made the score 3-4 to set up a grandstand finish. Redhouse looked deflated as the Town had the wind in their sails and after pummelling their visitors goal it was a case of bish bosh bash as Agnew found space in the area to fire the ball home much to the delight of his teammates and supporters.
Colonel Prior had too much class as they easily beat basement side Hendon Grange Global Gym 7-0 despite having to make 4 enforced changes. Andy Smith showed his class in front of goal as he notched 4 times and was backed up with further goals from Dale Spence, Lee Norman and Peggy Mitchell.
In the First Division, newcomers
East Durham Spartans may find life tough as they were comprehensively beaten 6-1 by a rampant Hylton CW Juniors. They simply had no answer to the physical presence of Dave Ward who scored 4 goals to take his seasons tally to 29. Ward was assisted by Shaun and Steve Harrison on the scoresheet. The Spartans replied through Phil Robinson whose star man was Jamie Cresswell.
Rumours are flying around that if Dave Ward keeps up his impressive scoring streak, Mr Capello may name him in his World Cup squad ahead of Emile Heskey.
The Saltgrass were brought back down to earth with a mighty bump after last weeks big win as they lost 2-1 against The Times Inn. Mr Klippers side were far too complacent as for most of the game they were playing with 10 strikers. This tactic undoubtedly left gaps in the defence to which the Southwick side quickly exploited.
Ian Old bagged a consolation for the Saltgrass, but it was Michael Curry who was the Times Inn hero as he scored both goals to give his side a deserved win.
Sassco UK are now on a roll as the recorded another win to go unbeaten in 5 games. Their opponents, Park View were soundly beaten 7-2. The game nearly never went ahead as there was no referee available, but Mr Maguire came to the sides rescue as he found an available referee so the game could finally be played and at another venue.
These last minute problems didn’t deter Sassco as they were 2-0 up early in the game thanks to goals from Muers and Langan. Going behind like they did seemed to perk Park View up as they got a grip on the game and finished the 1
st half the much stronger side.
Muers grabbed his second to make it 3-0 as his side started strongly, but as they do, sides that go into a healthy lead tend to take their foot of the pedal and complacency creeps in. Park View took heed of this and responded by scoring 2 goals through Dominic Murphy and Stephen Saville. This should have set up a frantic finale but after strong words from the Sassco management they started to focus and Muers grabbed his hattrick. The game was finally put to bed thanks to further goals from Stoker, Pearson and Langan who got his second.
The Cove can count themselves very unlucky not to grab their 1st point of the season as the narrowly lost 3-2 at home against Usworth. The basement side decided a change in formation and tactics was needed to stop their winless streak and it worked to good effect as they stormed into an early lead after Stephen Halliday slammed the ball into the net after a fine run and cross from Brown.
Brown proved to a thorn in Usworths side as he was in inspirational form as his created chance after chance but all of they were missed! They were to pay for those misses on 35 minutes as Usworth equalised through a hotly disputed penalty. The Cove started the 2
nd half at a frantic pace and were at times a bit gungho ( a bit like Newcastle in the Keegan early years), pressure was soaked up by Usworth who in return responded by taking the lead as they lashed in a 25 yard free kick.
The lead was shortlived as the home side equalised after good play between Brown and Halliday which led to Hourigan rifling home a 25 yard screamer. Both side were going at it hammer and tongs searching for the winner and Usworths quality and fitness shone through as they got their 3
rd and winning goal.
The Cove can take pride and heart from this performance as the good times are surely just around the corner.
Colliery Tavern are in hot pursuit of the league leaders as they crushed Shiney Row Country Park Inn 4-0. Star man for the Colliers was Lee Pennock who played with a broken hand after he hit his kids inflatable punch bag too hard.
There were two ties played in The Alan Hood Memorial Trophy,
Hylton CW safely made it through to the next round as they dispatched of Dawdon CW 4-1.
Star man Lee Cresswell (2), Mark Cresswell and Barry Cook scored for Hylton, whilst Dave Kennedy replied for Dawdon.
Washington Cricket Club progressed after a hard fought 4-2 win at home against Shiney Row Travellers Rest. The Cricketers started the much brighter side for once missing several clear cut chances which included a Dan Clark effort which struck the crossbar.
Gaps were soon being found in the Travellers defence and it was no surprise when Dave Laidler opened the scoring when his cross shot sailed over the flatfooted keeper and into the roof of the net. Paul Clinton soon doubled the lead as he fired in unopposed. Paul Bridge pulled a goal back for his side just before half time.
The Cricketers started the second half rather lethargic as they struggled to get going and it was no surprise when Paul Bridge grabbed his second goal to equalise and his side now started to get a foothold on the game. With extra time looming a mix up in the visitors defence allowed Anthony Dixon to nip in and roll the ball in to the net. Washington went for the jugular and a second goal from Dave Laidler killed the game off to send his side into the next round.






Match Reports for week ending 28 November 2009

The League were well represented in the Durham Minor Cup as teams were looking to reach the last 16.
Aquatic Sports progressed with a 1-0 win after extra time in a tense battle with Middlestone Masons Arms. The Masons started the brighter side with their quick movement and slick passingbut as always they struggled to find any end product as both teams cancelled each other out in a forgetful 1st half. The 2nd half started with both sides looking to find the elusive goal and it was Aquatics who had the 1st opportunity after David Hoey pounced on a loose ball only to be upended in the box when shaping to shoot. Scott “Beam” Johnstone struck the resulting penalty well but could only watch as it sailed over the bar.
The game went into extra-time as both teams started to play with more urgency and it was Aquatics pressure which finally came off in the 100
th minute when a Lee Brennan free kick was floated in which found its way to an unmarked Mark Dickinson at the back post who slotted the bal home much to the joy of the home supporters. The Masons soon after peppered the home goal whose defence stood firm thanks to star man Peter Cromack who marshalled his defence like Bobby Moore.
Blue House also went through after a hard fought 5-2 victory over Roddymoor. The first half was all Blue House as the visitors at times had no answer to their relentless attacks and it was no surprise when Martin “Gandhi” Hope smashed home a left wing cross to put the Wearsiders 1-0 up. After repelling the home sides attacks, Roddymoor then had a chance of their own and equalised against the run of play. Hope restored his sides lead in bizarre circumstances as he was on hand to fire into an empty net after the visitors keeper had struck the ball against his own defender.
It was soon 3-1 when Jordan “Pele” Thompson scored with an outrageous back heel. Right on half time it was 4-1 as James Gilhespy scored a fine solo effort. Roddymoor came out for the second half determined to get back into the game and pulled a goal back after hitting the woodwork twice. Any chance of a comeback was put to bed as Tony Armstrong slid in to score his sides fifth goal to put the tie out their opponents reach. Keith Lonsdale was Blue House star man.
Houghton Town B also stormed into the next round as they travelled to Darlington The Albion and came away with an excellent 4-0 win despite the team being hampered by injuries and illness.
Town got off to a flier as Stu Archbold headed them in front after 3 mins. The Albions Intimidating tactics didn’t seem to work but Watt in the Town goal was forced into pulling off 3 fantastic saves. The 2
nd half was pretty even as both sides tried to stamp their authority on the game but hesitancy in the home defence allowed Phil Dorian to make it 2-0 with a clinical finish. On 67 minutes Town got their 3rd goal after Smith raced through to score his 10th of the season. Andrew Steele made it four right on full time as he was on hand to tuck away the rebound after Pattinson shot hit the bar. Lee Watt was Towns star man.
Colonel Prior also made it into the next round at the expense of Stanhope Town, they needed extra time to prevail 4-1.
The 1
st half was non eventful with a Richardson header that hit the bar the only thing worthy of note. The 2nd half picked up a bit and it was the home side who took the lead against the run of the play. Undeterred the Prior hit back almost immediately through Glenwright after a blunder from the keeper. Prior had chances to win the game in normal time but Norman and Laverick were guilty of glaring misses.
The game was now in extra time and the visitors fitness levels told as they scored 3 unanswered goals in quick succession, David Sanderson started the ball rolling capitalising on another keeper blunder. Lee Norman followed this up with a super strike into the top corner and then Glenwright rounded things off with a 20 yard rocket.
The Arms City Coachworks hopes of progressing were dashed as they succumbed to a 5-2 defeated at the hands of Hartlepool The Millhouse. The Arms were simply not up for the game as they were missing 9 regulars and were suffering a hangover after a night on the town.
Millhouse drew 1
st blood as they scored first, Arms responded quickly by equalising within 5 mins thanks to Jake “ Banana Boat Boots” Baker slamming home a low cross. Baker then grabbed his 2nd goal as he latched on to a fine Chris Bewick pass to round the keeper. Instead of building on their lead, the Arms fell to pieces and found themselves 2-3 down at half time.
The second half was all Millhouse as they scored 2 more goals to secure their passage into the next round.
Washington Cricket Club fine domestic form deserted them as they were dumped out 3-0 by Rutherford Reserves. The game was played in near perfect conditions but the Cricketers are known as slow starters and it showed after just 3 mins as sloppy defensive play allowed the visitors to open the scoring. Despite all their possession WCC couldn’t penetrate the visitors well organised defence.
The 2
nd half began in the same vein with the home side pushing for the equaliser which in turn left gaps at the back which were soon exploited as Rutherford had a quick counter attack which resulted in them scoring to make it 0-2. More misery was heaped on the home side as their poor performance was compounded as the tie was killed off after an impressive 3rd goal was scored.
Hendon FC who seem to be having an indifferent season also exited the competition losing 2-3 at home to Hartlepool Headland Level Six.
Jolly Potters must surely fancy themselves to do well in this competition and did themselves no harm as they ruthlessly disposed of fellow rivals Redhouse 8-0.
Chesters BB were cruelly knocked out on penalties after their tie with South Shields United ended in an exciting 4-4 draw. Nathan Coomber (2) and Andy Hall were amongst the Chesters scorers.
Hylton CW advanced to the last 16 as they ousted Shildon Elm Road WMC 4-3 in another end to end encounter.
In the First Division, newcomers
East Durham Spartans were put to the sword as they were crushed 9-0 by The Saltgrass.
Saltgrass controlled the game from start to finish and their goals came from Ian Old (3), Tony Wilkinson (2), John Higham (2), Stephen Shephard and John Hope. The Spartans must be commended on their positive attitude and gamesmanship throughout the game.
Sassco UK extended their unbeaten run to 4 games as they easily overcame basement boys The Cove 6-0. The game was played in difficult conditions and on a heavy pitch as both sides struggled for consistency in their play. Sassco had to wait just before half time to break the deadlock as they scored 2 goals in quick succession through Mark Muers and Anthony Pearson.
Anthony Langan hit his sides 3
rd goal and this seemed to spring The Cove into action and created half chances themselves before David Gourlay scored a quick brace to put them 5-0 up, one goal was a showstopping solo effort which started from the half way line which had George Best written all over it. Langan scored his 2nd of the match to secure the 3 points for his side.
Michael Curry scored twice for
The Times Inn but it was all in vain as Usworth showed little sympathy as they hit six goals themselves to win 6-2.
Cambridge Hotel shared the spoils in an 8 goal thriller as they drew 4-4 with Hylton CW Juniors.
Star man Paul Stoker scored twice for the Cambridge and was backed up with strikes from Craig McShane and Liam Richardson. Hyltons goals came from Shaun Harrison and another hattrick from goal machine David Ward.
There were 2 games played in the TWR Commercial League Cup,
Shiney Row Travellers Rest trounced a depleted Park View 6-2 to progress to the next round. Jack Rowntree led the way with a well taken hattrick was assisted with strikes from Parish, Tumelty and Edwards. The Travellers star man was playmaker Randall.
Colliery Tavern safely made it through as well as they easily disposed of Shinety Row Country Park Inn 5-0. Star man Anthony Ross led the way with a well executed double along with strikes from Shaun McGregor and Carl Chapman (2).

Match Reports for week ending 14 November 2009


Aquatic Sports entertained the Colonel Prior at Marley Potts in the TWR Trade Frames Premier Division with Aquatic knowing that a win would take them joint top of the league with the Jolly Potter. The game kicked off and both teams cancelled each other out in the first ten minutes. The first chance came to Aquatic forward Mark Fisk and he took it well with a cool left footed shot into the corner of the net to make it 1-0. The Prior then came to life with five minutes of pressure on the Aquatic goal and getting on level terms with a long ball over the top (with the ref not spotting two of their players offside), but the forward took the ball down and played it across the six yard box for the Prior centre midfielder John Spence to slot it home making it 1-1. With 15 minutes remaining to half time Aquatic went 2-1 ahead with a quick passing move down the right side and finished off with Hailstone just getting his toe to the cross making it 2-1 at half time. The second half started with both teams trying to find a way past each others defence. Aquatic trying to find a third goal had some good chances but the Prior keeper kept them at bay with some good saves and that must have lifted the Priors' players because with their next attack they made it  2-2. A well worked goal starting in midfield with some neat passing then a one two on the edge of the box with the forward Gary Adey making no mistake from 10 yards. With 20 minutes left either team could have won it and Aquatic must have thought they did when Scott Hailstone made it 3-2 wth a good finish but full credit to the Prior as they came back again to make it 3-3 when they were awarded a penalty after the left winger went on a good run and was brought down in the box for a penalty. The Prior ‘goalkeeper’ placed the ball on the spot and calmly slotted it into the corner of the net making it 3-3 and each team having to settle for a point.   Prior were again missing big players for this league clash with aquatic, Richardson, Sanderson, Marsh and Major were out through injury or work commitments. But even so the prior put out an attacking team which produced one of there better displays this season but still conceded 3 soft goals. A game which either team could have won ended 3-3.
Blue House got a well deserved win over Hylton CW with the Blue House running them ragged. It was a grey day but it was made ‘Blue’ again with an excellent performance by the Blue House who started the game with a bang keeping Hylton defending as Blue House tried to take the lead and had a couple of good chance but the break through came from a corner when Brian Carter swung a great cross over to be met by centre back and man of the match Luke Morrow to net a thunderous header past the Hylton keeper to make it 1-0 Blue House. It wasn't long before Blue made it 2 when James Gilhesphy ran down the left wing crossed it in to be met at the front post by Martin (Ghandi) Hope to slot it past the keeper on his return game after a couple off games injured. Blue House should have finished the game by half time but didn't take their chance's. Half time Blue House 2-0 Hylton CW. Second half Blue House were still all over Hylton with some great passing and skill and still creating a lot of attempts on goal. Then it was game over when a lovley ball came over the top for Brian Carter to go 1 on 1 with the keeper to smash it into the back of the net to make it 3 and that’s how the game finished HYLTON CW 0-3 BLUE HOUSE FC. In the other remaining fixture in the Premier Division, Hendon FC were far too strong for local derby opponents Hendon Grange Global Gym, running out comfortable 5-2 victors. Kyle Sumner (2), Marcus Turnbull, Martin Jackson and Michael Welch were the scorers for the Grange.
Houghton Town carried on from last season and were knocked out of the Alan Hood Memorial Trophy early doors by first division opponents Colliery Tavern who quite simply battled harder, were more physical and wanted it more. Town were again without the inspirational Tony Harrison and with Stuart Archbold, Allan Carr, Paul Hamilton, David Jackson, Ian Brown & Paul Lamb also missing Town were down to only a squad of 15, Captain Kyle Lax and Striker Ian Mordey were only fit enough to start on the bench. Town got off to a decent start and were ahead within 10 mins when Dean Smith notched but that was as good as it got, after that we didn’t press, test the keeper and couldn’t string 2 passes together, Collery were also getting stuck in which some of us clearly didn’t fancy, the daft thing was Town’s back three of Agnew, Bowden and Day were all performing and defending very well and Tavern never looked like scoring until a freak goal just before half time, an ambitious 40 yard effort hit the bar and bounced up, Boardman got caught ball watching in goal and by his own admission was beaten too easy by the striker who headed home when the ball came down. The second half was much the same with Town again very poor and wasting the ball far too much and again never tested the keeper. Tavern went ahead with their first attack of the second half and that’s the way it stayed, only Hope with a good free-kick came close, Town tried a treble substitution on the hour with Mordey, Lax and Dorian coming on and going three up top but it got no better, infact it got worse as Mordey got crocked in a fair challenge and had to be carried off on 80 mins, a sad way for Mordey to end what was his last game before going into hospital for a major operation on Wed. After that the game died and only great defending by Town’s Bowden and an excellent Boardman save kept the score down!! Mark Robinson was man of the match for Colliery Tavern and Chris Day for Houghton. Jolly Potters were very confident going into their game against Chesters BB in the Alan Hood Memorial Trophy but were brought back down to earth by Nelly, Gaz and Basha telling them this was another game they had to work hard to win. The Potters took an early 2-0 lead and never really looked back with the game eventually finishing 6-0. In the windy conditions the Potters played football on the floor. Goal keeper Cullen kept feeding Robson and Lax and these played balls up the lines to Saunders and Grant who went at the Chesters defence the whole game. With Keithley and Wardle bossing the middle the Potters were comfortable. Up front McCabe and Wharton worked the Chesters back four hard and they both got their reward with a goal each. At the back Coomber and Dodds kept the Chesters front men quiet and Cullen didn't have much work to do. In the second half Potters shuffled things around, made 3 substitutions and Conlin, Cox and Walton slotted straight in and Potters could have added a few more goals. Scorers; Grant 2, Wharton, McCabe, Wardle, Lax.
The other game in the Alan Hood Memorial Trophy competition between
Dawdon & Redhouse FC was abandoned due to Redhouse player, Ian Innes, breaking his fibia and tibia. On behalf of everyone within the league we wish Ian a full and speedy recovery. The game will now be replayed on 19/12/09.
The Cove entertained Travellers Rest in their TWR Commercial First Division game and with both teams starting the game brightly, a perfectly weighted through ball from David Oxley put Andrew Brown through to slip the ball past the visitor’s goal keeper to give the Cove the lead. Shortly afterwards, Travellers equalised through Brett Edwards to level the score 1-1 at half time. For the 2nd half The Cove made 2 changes, 1 in midfield and one on the right wing, The subs seemed to pay off as the cove took control of the game with good passing and excellent defending when needed. The cove soon took the lead again, a shot rebounded to Steven Halliday’s feet for a simple tap into put The Cove 2-1 up. The Traveller's continued to battle their way back and equalised following a good move to make it 2-2 through Jonathan Rowntree. The travellers rest soon went 2-3 a shot from there striker, our goal keeper equal with an exellent save, only for the ball to drop to Brett Edwards who smashed the ball in for his second and winning goal. The last ten minutes were played like a cup final, both teams having chances, the cove more so, piling on the pressure, fighting for every ball. It was a vast improvement on previous performances by The Cove witch gives them confidence going into their next fixtures. Usworth played host to Arms & City Coach Works and took an early lead through Lee Williams who, after a great solo run, rolled the ball under the advancing keeper. However their lead was short lived as the Arms got their act together and replied through Gordon Glendenning, Jake Baker (2) and Paul Bainbridge to take a comfortable lead. Usworth pulled another goal back through Golightly but it was too little too late, final score 2-4 to the coachworks. Washington Cricket Club took a break from league action today when they travelled to The Saltgrass in the 2nd round of the TWR Commercial League Challenge Cup with a few selections problems. Due to injuries and players missing there were opportunities for fringe players to stake their claim for a regular place in the team. Saltgrass kicked off in gusty conditions with the wind behind them, but immediately lost possession to James Douglas, who broke forward and saw his shot deflected for a corner. The swirling environment was giving both teams anxious moments with Phil Sykes dealing well with a vicious in-swinging corner which he tipped over from underneath the crossbar. Then in the 21st minute a slick move allowed Dan Clark to slip Phil Ingram into space, a good 1st touch and poised finish put the visitors into the lead. Washington taking control, created several opportunities, but the final ball and lack of control in the box kept Saltgrass in the tie. With half time approaching and the visitors seemly in command, a lack of concentration in the Washington back four allowed the home team back into the game. Indecision enabled the home forward to race clear and fire a shot passed the Washington keeper from 20 yards. H.T. 1-1. The second half started with Washington raising the tempo. With the wind behind them they created numerous openings, the best being a header from Dan Clark from a corner being cleared off the line with the keeper beat. Eventually the pressure told and Washington took the lead when an accurate ball in from the left ultimately fell to David Laidler to clinically fire the ball into the top corner. Washington in ascendency now settled the tie with a third from Gavin Pine. Intelligent procession on the left allowed Anthony Dixon into the box to fire a shot that was well saved by the keeper only for Gav Pine to follow up and kill the tie as a contest. Washington without being at their best still had enough in their locker to see off a spirited Saltgrass performance and will be in the hat for the next round draw. F.T. 1-3 WCCFC.
After last weeks comfortable victory
Country Park Inn came up against a Cambridge side looking determined to take maximum points in their First division fixture. Paul Stokoe with a hat trick and Liam Richardson were the scorers for Cambridge. Keith Robinson and Anthony Mallin replied for CPI.
In the other remaining fixtures,
Sassco defeated Hylton Colliery Juniors 5-3, and Times Inn defeated Park View 5-2.
At the recent league management meeting welcomed a new team, East Durham Spartans, into the league. They will play their first fixture away to The Saltgrass on Saturday 28
th November.

Match Reports for week ending 07 November 2009


Aquatic Sports
had a tough home match in the TWR Trade Frames Premier Division against in-form Redhouse, Aquatic knowing only a win would keep them in touch with the top teams. The game got started and it didn't take Aquatic long to get in their stride with Scott Hailstone scoring first with a fine left foot strike. Hailstone then got his second with a tap in after good build up play. Only 15 minutes had passed when Michael Conlin made it 3-0 with a well taken header at the back post. Redhouse shook themselves down and started to play with Aquatic keeper Kyle Donaldson producing 2 top class saves from Redhouse players Smith and Wooton. Then  just before half time Redhouse pulled a goal back when they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, with Aquatic sorting the wall out Anthony Carter took it quickly firing into the bottom corner making it 3-1 at half time. The second half kicked off with both teams having chances at each end when that man Scott Hailstone made it 4-1 with a fine finish after a well worked move and completing his hat-trick. Redhouse still tried to play but came up against a strong Aquatic midfield and defence giving nothing away. Aquatic made 3 subs and it paid off when Mark Fisk replaced MOM Scott Hailstone and within 10 minutes scored 2 goals to make it 6-1. Redhouse pulled another goal back after a mistake in the Aquatic midfield which led to Steven Smith slotting the ball home for Redhouse. With 5 minutes left Scott Johnstone (contender for MOM) made it 7-2 when he ran through on goal and slotted it in the far corner completing a great result for Aquatic.
Blue House cruised to victory with a 7-1 drumming over Hendon Grange Global Gym. It was the Grange who took the lead after Blue House missed chance's to be at least 3 up. Then the Blue House got the break through with a lovely goal by Brian Carter to make it all square at the break 1-1.Second half was Blue House all over the Grange but it took an own goal to put the Blue in front and then the flood gates opened when James Gilhespy smashed a volley past the keeper then Jordon Thompson 1 on 1 with the keeper and keeper miss read the ball and letting Jordon slip it in to the net to make it 4. Tony Armstrong made it 5 with a lovley effort past the keeper then centre back Luke Morrow broke past the grange defence and cracked it home to make it 6 and Jordon Thompson made it 7 when he shot went past the keeper game over Blue House 7-1 Hendon Grange. It was a brilliant performance by Blue House’s Keith Lonsdale who was voted Man Of The Match.

In the TWR Commercial First Division match between
The Colliery Tavern and Saltgrass both teams observed two minutes silence ahead of Remembrance Sunday before kick-off. The game kicked off with the Saltgrass going ahead by 2 goals, the second scored by John Hope was a 30 yard strike which flew past the defenders and goalie. The Colliery Tavern replied with two goals from Anthony Stokell, one a 25 yarder, and 1 from Carl Chapman to put the Colliery in front at half time. In the second half Michael Bulmer added 2 more for the Colliery ran out 5-3 winners.

With 2 new additions to the team the
Colonel Prior had their strongest squad of the season to pick from against The Cambridge, only missing injured Sanderson and Richardson, with Major and Marsh out having work commitments. With 16 players to choose from, the Prior were feeling very confident of getting their season finally going but how wrong they were. The strong team that was picked got off to a terrible start when a bad pass by a prior defender was capitalised on and the Cambridge took the lead. Then an identical goal put them 2-0 up. The Prior pulled one back though John Spence and then equalised through debutant A Smith. but then a mixture of bad passing, commitment, getting out battled and terrible defending resulted in the prior being beaten 4-2. The Cambridge ran out worthy winners.

Country Park Inn went into their game against The Cove with a heavily depleted squad and were down to just 13 players. Both goal keepers were missing (1 broken leg and 1 at work) which meant Chris Priest, Marc Evans and Mark Sammut all taking a turn in goal. Country Park took the lead after 10 minutes following a good cross by centre back Gordon Tyzack which was headed home by Marc Evans. 10 minutes later they were 2-0 up through David Forster, doubling the score. Not long after that they went in 3-0 up with a spectacular goal from Tommy Blakeman who volleyed home a corner with the ball going in off the bar like a rocket. The second half started just like the first finished, Cp Inn were gunning for a fourth and it didn't take them long. A solo effort from Karl Addison saw him pick the ball up just inside his own half, running with it to the edge of the Cove's box and firing the ball into the keeper,s bottom left hand corner. Goals from Steven Davison (who was still a bit up miffed from missing getting his photo taken by the echo bloke the previous week), Chris Priest, Anthony Mallin and another 2 from David Forster to complete his hat trick, put the CP Inn 9-0 up which ended up as the final score. Richard Norris was voted man of the match
After a strong comeback the previous week,
Sassco.co.uk managed to put out another full-strength squad against Hylton Colliery Juniors in the Alan Hood Memorial Trophy. The highlights for Sassco were the two strong centre half players in Scott Smith and Gareth Stoker. Both repelled anything in the air and Scott, in particular, won almost every ball he went for. Both teams were very evenly matched and chances on goal were at a premium. Hylton's defence and midfield were very strong which resulted in the first half being goal less. The second half saw the same with both teams cancelling each other out, while Sassco were constantly being caught offside. Eventually, with time ebbing away, Mickey Pearson, yet another stand-in striker for Sassco, scored the opening goal. However, with around ten minutes remaining, Hylton Juniors equalised from a left hand side free-kick. As neither team could produce a winning goal, the game went to penalties. Hylton Colliery winning after Pearson, McDermont and Muers missed for Sassco from the spot.
The Arms and City Coach Works entertained The Times Inn and as per usual the arms started slowly, the Times Inn had 3 chances in the first ten minutes but fortunately couldn't finish them. The Arms then pulled themselves together after this and started to create chances. Jake Baker sent two chances wide of the mark before Gordon Glendenning got the opener and put the Arms 1-0 up at half time. At half time the lads got a lecture from assistant manager' Lil G', He was furious at the amount of chances that were missed and responded by making three changes for the second half. Fitness and sheer determination started to show in their play and after a run into the box Mancer kicked the ball straight at Richie Timm who turned and put it in the bottom corner to make it 2-0. A couple of minutes later Jake Baker tucked away his shot for the Arms to go 3-0 up. Straight after kick off Jake Baker won the ball and ran from the half way line and smashed a shot into the top corner from 20 yards to increase the lead to 4-0. With ten minutes to go ‘Gor’ crossed the ball for the german marksman ‘Von’ Ryan Ascherl, who was man of the match, to head in from half a yard to complete the scoring 5-0.

Washington CCFC welcomed Parkview FC to Southern Area in a return fixture from earlier in the season, when Washington secured a 2-0 victory. The game started brightly with both teams creating opportunities. Washington seemed to have the upper hand going forward, but looked vulnerable on the break. However they succeeded in getting the early goal to calm their nerves. A good build up on the right led to Stephen Cuthbertson shooting goal wards and the ever alert Phil Ingram to deftly flick the ball into the net. Washington were now on top, playing some precise one touch football without being clinical with their final ball or their finishing. Chances being spurned by several individuals proved to be costly after a mix up in the Washington box. A collision between Washington’s keeper Phil Sykes and full back Brian Clennell allowed Parkview an opportunity to score with the keeper flat out. After a goalmouth scramble and with the keeper still down, Washington kicked the ball out of play so the keeper could receive some attention. Unsportsmanlike from the restart, Parkview continued to play on rather than throwing the ball back to Washington. From the long throw-in the ball broke kindly for the Parkview forward to pull the ball back for an easy finish for his team mate. This allowed Parkview back into the game and Washington, losing their early momentum, struggled to get a foothold back into the game. After a shaky 5 minutes the home team began to force the play once again and after missing a couple of opportunities they finally got back in front. A great defence splitting through ball by Phil Ingram allowed David Laidler to run clear and score off the keeper, following it up just to make sure. Washington now had the ascendency and a third goal wasn’t long in arriving. An astute ball into the box caused problems for the Park View defence, with the ball eventually breaking to Stephen Cuthbertson to fire the ball home to make it 3-1 at half time. The 2nd half began at a reduced pace from the high tempo 1st half, but chances were still squandered by both teams. Parkview hitting the bar and Washington missing a golden chance when Brian Clennell ran through with just the keeper to beat. With players inside him he tried to clip the ball over the advancing keeper, failed to connect properly and the chance was lost. The game was starting to be stretched with both teams losing their shape and movement and the game turning into a rather scrappy affair. With the match entering its closing stages, one bit of quality brought Washington their 4th goal. Excellent play by Gav Pine on the left gave Phil Ingram the opportunity to deliver a great ball in for the unmarked Stephen Cuthbertson to head home into the top corner to make the final score 4-1.

Dawdon FC entertained Hylton CW in the TWR Trade Frames Premier Division and were comprehensively beaten 5-1. Goals from Lee Cresswell , Mark Cresswell, Graham Bunker, Alan Bate, Adam Hopps were enough to see off the home side. Craig Lloyd, who was man of the match for Dawdon, scored their consolation goal.

Chesters BB also had a game to forget, losing 5-1 at home to title chasing Jolly Potters. 2 goals from Jamie Marshall, one each from David Keithley, Michael McCabe and Stephen Robson were enough to see off the home side who replied through Nathan Coomber.

Kyle Sumner scored a hat trick for
Hendon FC in their Premier Division home game against Houghton B FC to lift them away from the lower end of the table. Final score 3-1.
In the other remaining fixture in the TWR Commercial First Division,
Travellers Rest just edged the result 4-3 in their home game against Usworth in an end to end game. Goals for ‘The Rest’ came from Adam Rowntree, Jack Rowntree, John Tumelty and Paul Bridge. Usworth scorers were Costa Loraine (2) and Lee Williams.

Match Reports for Week Ending 31 October 2009


In the Premier Division, Colonel Prior grabbed a much needed 3 points as they defeated Dawdon CW 5-2. The Prior just stay managed to field a team and showed tremendous character by playing superb attacking football and raced into a 4-0 half time lead thanks to a well taken hattrick from David Mitchell and a fine strike from Lee Norman.
It was a different story in the 2nd half as the roles were reversed as Dawdon threw everything but the kitchen sink at their opponents. Their fine play only rewarded them with 2 consolation goals which came from star man Craig Lloyd and Kevin Price.

Redhouse remain joint top as they obliterated Hendon Grange Global Gym 10-1. Charlton opened the floodgates after only 30 seconds and moments later Tommy Bell slid in the second. After periods of unanswered pressure, Grant Foster struck his sides 3rd goal for his first goal in 5 years. The Gymboys pulled one back immediately and only woeful finishing prevented the home side from increasing their lead.

The second half was one way traffic as Redhouse went goal crazy, Liam Wooton helped himself to a hattrick to atone for his earlier misses. Shaun Hounslow also got into the act as his cross-shot sailed in for number 7, Grant Foster knocked in the eight before a solo effort from Gareth Brazier worthy of Maradona made it 9. John Dixon then rounded things off as his 6 yard tap in sent it into double figures.

Chesters BB simply had no ideas as they slipped to a 2-4 defeat to an in form Aquatic Sports who have title ambitions of their own. Ian Redman and Shaun Flanagan grabbed Chesters goals, but it was ruthless finishing from Aquatics forwards that made the difference as their goals came from Scott Hailstone, Scott Johnstone, Craig Watson and Michael Conlon.
A special mention must go out to Aquatics secretary Tommy Oliver who has kept this team going for 50 years and who must be proud of his teams progress this season after they were in danger of folding 6 months ago. Well done Tommy keep up the good work.

In the game of the day, leaders Jolly Potters were pushed all the way by nearest rivals Hylton CW before finally prevailing 2-1 thanks to goals from Michael McCabe and David ‘Hotdog’ Keithley. Carl Price replied in vain for the Colliers.

Park View can count themselves unlucky as they lost 3-5 at home to a vast improving Shiney Row Travellers Rest in an entertaining First Division clash.

The visitors drew 1st blood as they finished off a good move with an easy tap in. The view were not to be outdone as they equalised within 5 minutes as Simon Peacock finished off a 12 pass move. Peter Briggs in the home goal kept the Travellers at bay with some acrobatic saves, but he could do nothing on 35 minutes as the visitors went ahead with a fine 18 yard strike. The View went into the interval on level terms through a Rob Russell header.

The second half started with the visitors well on top as Briggs make 4 top drawer saves of which one was a penalty, it wasn’t long however before the Travellers restored their lead and soon made it four after some sloppy defending.

An excellent free kick from Jamie Hounslow pulled one back for the home side to give them a glimmer of hope, this didn’t last long as the visitors broke away to score a classy fifth.
A disjointed Sassco UK were fortunate to grab a point as they drew 3-3 against The Saltgrass.

The visitors were quickly out of the traps and set about their business full of purpose. After some breathtaking football, the Salty found themselves 3-0 up after 30 minutes thanks to goals from John Higham and a brace from Tony Wilkinson who rolled back the years with finishes that Super Kevin Phillips would’ve been proud of. Sassco gave themselves a lifeline as Anthony Pearson pulled one back on the stroke of half time.

Mr Sanghas men started the second half with all guns blazing and were soon level thanks to strikes from Wayne Greenwell and Anthony Pearson. Chances came and went but in the dying seconds The Satlgrass had a chance to get the win their performance deserved as John Hope went clean through and with only the keeper to beat he spooned his shot hopelessly wide.
Despite making several new signings, The Cove were well beaten 8-0 by leaders Washington Cricket Club. All the goals came in the 1st half as The Cove simply had no answer to their opponents relentless attacking play. The Cricketers goals came from Ingram (2), Pine (2), Laidler (2), Dixon and Wailes.

Although this may have looked like a one sided game, The Cove must be commended for their 2nd half display showing superb team spirit and battling qualities.

Shiney Row Country Park Inn gained 3 vital points as they went nap with a 5-0 victory over the Times Inn. The Southwick side simply had no answers to the home sides attacking play as goals from Mark Evans (2), Chris Priest, David Forster and Daniel Wilson capped a fine display.

George Cogden was in inspirational form as he led the Colliery Tavern to a 3-1 win against Cambridge Hotel. The win keeps the Tavern hot on the heels of the leaders thanks to goals from Michael Bulmer (2) and Carl ‘20 Regal King Size’ Chapman. Cambridge replied through Paul Stoker.

The League also had 4 teams in action in the Durham Minor Cup of which 3 progressed to the 1st round proper.

Blue House led the way as they won 4-2, but they needed extra time to dispose of Bishop Auckland Cumberland Arms. The Wearsiders made the worst possible start as they found themselves 0-2 after 5 minutes, despite this setback they started to find their rhythm and started to settle down and it told in their play as star man Michael Potts pulled a goal back with a bullet header.

The second half was all Blue House as they peppered their opponents goal but couldn’t find a way past their keeper. Inspiration was needed and it came from Jordan Thompson who equalised with a cheeky back heel to take the game into extra time. The home side continued to get battered and with a penalty shoot-out on the horizon, up stepped Brian ‘El Galactico’ Carter to put his side ahead with a Raul type finish and it was soon all over as Jimmy Cooney sealed an amazing comeback with another quality finish.

Houghton Town B also made it through to the next round as they robbed Darlington Hole In the Wall 5-0. It was a scrappy opening to the game as both sides struggled to adapt to the plough field they were playing on. Just before half time Andrew Steele put the B-Team ahead as tucked away a penalty after he was upended.

On 55 minutes Mr Bogan made an inspired treble substitution, this injected some much needed life and urgency into the game. This unsettled the home side as the Houghton side scored 4 unanswered goals, firstly a brace from Smith, a header from Southern and the goal of the game from Phil Dorian – a sublime 35 yard chip which left keeper flapping.

The Arms City Coachworks were made to work hard before they progressed with a 5-4 win against Whickham Lang Jacks. In a game that was end to end, it was the wearsiders will to win and finishing qualities that got them through as they were helped with goals from Steven Wright, Ritchie Timm and star man Jake Baker who weighed in with an outstanding hattrick.
Hylton CW Juniors were knocked out in a seven goal thriller at the Billy Hardy Centre as Blaydon Stella Board Inn overcame them 4-3.

In the TWR Commercial League Challenge Cup, Usworth FC interest ended as they were comprehensively beaten 5-0 away to Hendon FC. Scorers for the East End side were David Rush (2), Kevin Churchill, Kyle Sumner and Martin ‘Eddie’Jackson.

Match Reports for Week Ending 24 October 2009

The majority of the league were given a break from league action as they all strived to progress in the Wearmouth & Hylton Aged People Trophy.

There were goals galore at Herrington CW as
Houghton Town B were involved in a 10 goal thriller as they were given an almighty scare when needing extra time to win 6-4 against first division side Arms City Coachworks. Town got off to the worst start possible as they found themselves 0-2 down after only 15 minutes. Stu Archbold pulled a goal back, but slack defending allowed The Arms to restore their 2 goal advantage. With half time looming the home side needed a goal to give them some hope and it came from the impressive Kevin Fawcett.

The B-Team were now all over the first division opponents like a rash but couldn’t find a way past a stubborn defence. On 70 minutes Town were awarded a penalty and up stepped Ian Mordey to miss it. Was this going to be Towns day? The Arms answered that question for them as they raced away and scored to make it 2-4 and surely game over.

Dean Smith had other ideas as he scored to make it 3-4 and this resulted in Town bombarding the visitors goal. The pressure finally paid off as deep into stoppage time, Lee ‘Tapas’ Southern rose majestically to power home a header to take the game into extra time. The extra half hour was a bit too much for The Arms as they wilted and Towns superior fitness levels told as a cross cum shot from Fawcett put them into the lead and Andrew Steele put the game out of reach with a fine goal. A superb comeback from Mr Bogans side but credit must be given to The Arms for their part they played in an enthralling cup tie.

Chesters BB recorded their second successive win as they disposed of Hendon Grange Global Gym 4-0 to progress to round two.

With confidence returning The Grange simply had no answer to the home sides relentless play. Rob King led the way with a brace and was backed up with further goals from Daniel Callaghan and Ian ‘Prince Charles’ Redman who put in a stirring performance.

In another cracking tie,
Colliery Tavern were knocked out 4-2 away to a resurgent Hylton CW Juniors. Goals from David Ward, John Stokoe, Shaun Harrison and star man John ‘The Hitman Pan of Sausages’ Kerry put the Juniors through who now can get their minds back on the league.

Usworth also advanced at the expense of The Cove beating them 6-0. It didn’t take long for the home side to take the lead as Anthony Pearson scored after 2 minutes with a 20 yard cracker. Pearson grabbed his second soon after with a cool finish.

Despite chasing the game The Cove were still playing some good football, but there was nothing their keeper could do about the third goal as a Karl Pascoe 20 yard piledriver whistled its way into the top corner. The second half was all the home side as they hunted for further goals and it wasn’t long before it was 4-0 as Pascoe grabbed his second goal although most thought it was an own goal! Pearson then scored two quick goals to take his match tally to four and also took the man of the match award.

Goals from Paul ‘Tyson’ Stoker and Anthony Mullen were not enough to prevent
Cambridge Hotel crashing out 5-2 against a superior Colonel Prior. Star man Shaun Major led the way for the Prior with a well taken goal and was supported with goals from Lee Norman, John Spence, Dave Mitchell and Paul ‘Usain Bolt’ Richardson.

After last weeks mauling, the
Saltgrass vowed to go into their cup tie against Jolly Potters to enjoy it. Mr Klippers had been on player recruitment drive and made it clear to his side that they must start working for each other and not as individuals. Despite making a promising start, the home side found themselves 0-2 behind as the Potters exerted the class and superiority on the game. The Saltgrass then defended with their lives for the rest of the half just to try and stem the visitors attacks and to keep the score down.

The Deptford side started the second half trying everything they could muster to get back into the game, however the Potters as we all know are very stubborn and resilient as they soaked all of the pressure up and went on to hit their third goal and put the tie to bed. Saltgrass main objective now was to repel all attacks that came their way. All in all a much improved performance from Mr Klippers men and Andrew Forbes was his star man.

Hendon FC returned from their trip to see the Pope with renewed faith and optimism going into their trick tie away to Park View.

Simon Peacocks goal for the View was all in vain as the East End side pressed on and powered to a resounding 4-1 win.

Aquatic Sports also progressed to the next round as they defeated Country Park Inn 2-1 at the San Siro.

Both keepers were kept busy in the early stages of the game as both sides created chances, but it was Carl Old who put the premier side ahead as he tucked away a penalty. A few minutes later Old fired in his second as he turned the defender and hit an 18 yard shot into the back of the net. This sprang Park Inn into life as they grabbed themselves a lifeline when Tom Blakeman pulled a goal back just before half time.

The weather soon deteriorated in the second half as heavy rain fell from the skies and this was a cue for meaty challenges from both sides showing smashing commitment. Aquatics had chances to put the game out of reach and it was Scott Hailstone who was the guilty party as he spurned the chances. David Hoeys side held on for the win as Aquatics just go from strength to strength.

Sassco UK were still feeling the after effects of their Portugal tour as they crashed out of the cup 6-2 away to first division pacesetters Washington Cricket Club.

With torrential rain wreaking havoc for both sides it was the Cricketers who made the brighter start. However, against the run of play it was the visitors who took the lead against the run of play after the home keeper handled a back pass and from the resulting indirect free kick it was David Gourlay who crashed the ball into the net. Worse was to follow for Washington as they fell further behind as a through ball caught the home defence square and McDermont raced away to gleefully to tuck away his sides second.

In a state of shock and knocked on their heels WCC tried to get back into the game and found themselves 3-2 ahead after some pulsating football. Stephen Cuthbertson started the comeback as he tapped in from 6 yards. Then Phil Ingram raced through the home defence to slam home the equaliser. This shocked Sassco as they struggled to cope against their opponents high tempo game and they then fell behind as Cuthbertson picked up the ball in midfield and ran unopposed to cooly slot the ball past the hapless keeper.

Sassco then nearly equalised but their effort cannoned back into play off the iside of the post but no-one was there to put away the rebound. The jet lag was now starting to kick in as Mr Sanghas side lokked jaded and lethargic and the home side capitilised on this as Cuthbertson slid in at the back post to complete his hattrick and give his side a two goal cushion.

The game was now effectively over as the visitors minds were still in Portugal and two further goals from the tireless Anthony Dixon and Gavin Pine heaped further misery on them. This was a hard fought victory for the Cricketers who only seem to start playing when they fall behind.

There was only one
Premier League game played and it was at Downhill. It was billed as “Battle of the Giants” as 2nd played 3rd. Despite an entertaining game the spoils were shared as Redhouse battled to a 1-1 draw against Hylton CW.

In a rain affected game it was Hylton who started the stronger side as their inventive play and constant pressure paid off as Adam Hopps fired them ahead when his 20 yard shot zipped off the wet surface and flew into the net. The visitors were now on the rampage carving the home defence open at will and it took two “John Terry” like tackles from Gareth Brazier to prevent his side from going further behind. Liam Wooton missed Redhouse best chance of the first half as he was put clean through but was thwarted by a fine save from Holmes.

The second half was all Redhouse as first Charlton then Wooton had chances to equalise but were denied by inspired goalkeeping from Holmes. Despite all their pressure, Hylton were still dangerous on the counter attack with the evergreen Barry Cook leading the line superbly.

The game was getting more and more tense and this resulted in tackles flying in from all angles, then on 83 minutes Redhouse equalised when Lewy Ansher rose highest to bullet a header into the back of the net. Both teams then went all out in search for the winner but both defences stood firm and a draw was a fair result in the end. Redhouse star man was Gareth Brazier and for Hylton CW it was Mark Swindale.

Their was a nine goal thriller in the only
First Division clash at Fulwell Mill. It was the visitors, Shiney Row Travellers Rest who came away with the three points as they beat Times Inn 5-4. The two sides produced an enthralling game of football that went back and forth. Times Inn scorers were Daniel Defty, Morgan Newton and Michael Curry (2). The Travellers winning goals came from Paul Bridge (2), Adam Rowntree, John Tumelty and Dean Sinclair.







Match Reports for Week Ending 17 October 2009

Country Park Inn travelled to First Division leaders Washington Cricket Club in search of a much needed 3 points. Unfortunately their efforts went unrewarded as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat.
The Cricketers got off to the worst start possible as their lethargic looking defence gave away a soft goal as a poor clearance was charged down and trickled into the net, Mark Evans claiming the goal. The league leaders were gradually getting themselves into the game with Phil Ingram continually giving the right back a torrid time, his efforts were in vain as he could not produce no end product.
The home side started the second half in determined fashion and went about looking for the equaliser and it came when Rob Barker rose like a tin of John West salmon to head the ball home past the advancing keeper. With their tails up the home side went 2-1 up after good work on the right allowed David Laidler to pick his spot from 8 yards.
CPI’s heads started to drop and wasn’t long before it was 3-1 after a cross from Pine was drilled home by a vigilant Phil Ingram.
This was a hard earned win for the Cricketers but they may come a cropper against good opposition if they continue their slow starts to games.
The Saltgrass were left battered and bruised as they were trounced 8-0 by Shiney Row Travellers Rest. The Deptford side were 3-0 down after 10 minutes as they were outfought and outbattled from the first whistle and had no answer to the visitors superiority.
Usworth put Park View to the sword as Costa Lorraine inspired them to a 5-1 victory. Lorraine opened the scoring mesmerising the defence before smashing an unstoppable shot past the hapless keeper. This did not deter Park View as they got back into the game with a well worked equaliser finished off by Robert Dagg. Just before half time Lorraine restored his sides lead with a cool finish assisted by a raking pass from Andrew Murray.
The second half was one way traffic as Usworth upped the tempo, substitute Lee Wilson made it 3-1 with a 6 yard tap in. Ross McGlen capped a great display scoring the 4
th after turning the defender and giving the keeper no chance with a powerful shot. Lee Williams grabbed the final goal to make 5-1 and cap a great day for his side.
The Cove put up a good fight and showed grit and determination against Arms City Coachworks but still got beat 6-0. It took a while for the Arms to get in their stride as they were continually frustrated by their opponents. But when they got their first goal they then found their rhythm and hit a further 5 goals to keep up their run of good form. The Arms scorers were Stephen Wright (2), Steve Shephard, Dan Armstrong, Chris Bewick and Richard Timm.

The Times Inn slipped to another defeat as they were comprehensively beaten 7-1 by Colliery Tavern, whose scorers were
Hylton CW Juniors look to be back to their best as they stuffed Cambridge Hotel 8-0. Goal machine Dave Ward continued his hot streak as he grabbed an excellent hattrick. Mr Wards goals were backed up by John Kerry (2), Kyle Northway, Adam Bewick and Andrew Kibble.
In the Premier Division,
Aquatic Sports good form continued as they bagged an excellent 3 points with a 6-3 win away to Houghton Town B. Despite losing 3 influential players to injuries during the game, the Sports were far too strong for the B-Team who just couldn’t put a plan together.
Carl Old was their hero as he bagged a hattrick and was ably assisted by Scott Hailstone, a Billy Harrison screamer and a dodgy cross from Simon Pennock which sailed into the net. Towns scorers were Anthony Harrison, Dean Smith and Ian Mordey. Aquatic player/manager David Hoey rolled back the years with a virtuoso performance.
Hylton CW had too much strength as they outmuscled Hendon Grange Global Gym 8-1. It only took the visitors 5 minutes to score their first goal through a David King header. The goals then came thick and fast as a rampant CW hit further goals from Anthony Wynn, Barry Cook and Lee Cresswell had them 4-0 up at half time.
The second half was much the same as the first as the “musclemen” were sapped of all their strength and it was no surprise when they conceded another four goals through Adam Hopps, Lee Cresswell, Anthony Wynn and Lee Cresswell. Hendon pulled a goal back late on but Hylton who were inspired by the ageless Barry Cook cantered to an easy victory.
Blue House lost their unbeaten league recorded as they were well beaten 4-1 at Chesters BB. The visitors were all over the place in the first half as they just could not get their game going. The home side eventually got the goal their played desereved as Kevin Gordon fired in an unstoppable 25 yard volley. The visitors started the second half brightly but were leaving gaps at the back and this was exploited by Kevin Gordon who grabbed his second with aplomb. Blue House immediately replied and hit back with a cracking goal from a Luke Morrow thunderbolt.
Chesters were not to be flustered by this little setback as they pressed and pressed and their pressure paid off as Gordon grabbed his hattrick. This knocked the stuffing out of the visitors and it was not long before Nathan Coomber fired in his sides fourth goal and give the Chesters 3 well earned points and give them new optimism for the rest of the season.
Redhouse continued their march to the summit as they outgunned a depleted Colonel Prior 4-1. It was the Prior who took the lead when David Sanderson rose the highest to plant a firm header beyond the reach of the home keeper. The rest of the half the visitors were very much under the cosh but their goal was rarely troubled.
A pep talk at half time seemed to galvanise Redhouse as they came out like a pack of hungry wolves looking for their prey to savage. And their pressure soon paid off when Liam Wooton went on a lung busting run from midfield and cooly slotted the ball past the keeper. 1-1. As the home side upped the tempo the Prior struggled to cope with the wave of attacks they had to endure and it was soon 2-1 after Gareth Brazier missed a sitter from a yard out only for Ansher to hit the ball goalwards and it hit a Prior defender on the arm. PENALTY. Up stepped Tommy Bell to blast home his spot kick. Redhouse laid siege to the visitors goal and Ansher was guilty of missing some unbelievable sitters as his side were looking to kill the game off. Liam Wooton grabbed is 2
nd of the game as he kept his composure to fire home to make it 3-1. It was soon 4 as RH were awarded another penalty after G-Force Brazier was upended in the box after a mazy run from right back. Tommy Bell again slammed home the resulting spot kick for his second of the game.
Defending champions
Jolly Potters game against Dawdon CW was postponed after the latter could not field a team.
Hendon FC had no game either as they were on a trip to the Vatican to see the Pope for a special prayer in order to re-ignite their title ambitions.



Matches for week ending 3rd October 2009


Framwellgate Moor Salutation were blown away by The Blue House in the Durham Minor Cup. It was a windy day for football but it didn't stop Blue House playing some excellent flowing football. They controlled the first half but just couldn't find the net until Luke Morrow stepped up to take a goal kick and screamed a 90 yard shot straight in to the top corner to make it 1-0 to Blue House. They should have had more goals but the difficult conditions made it hard so Blue House took a 1 goal advantage into the break. In the second half Framwellgate came out strongly and had chances to get back in the game but didn't take them. Blue House then pushed for a second and it came when Jordon Thompson played Martin Hope in to slot it past the keeper in to the corner with a fine finish to make it 2-0 and made it game over. Jordon Thompson with another great performance for Blue House earned his 6th Man Of The Match in 7 games.

Colonel Prior went into today’s game against Hendon Grange missing 5 players but still had a good side out, Hendon Grange came out of the traps and with the wind were totally dominating and making chances. They went 3 up and in total control with the prior struggling to get started, but the prior showed great character and got the ball down and started to play, unbelievably came back and led 4-3 at half time. They came out and played some great football to make chances and go on to win 7-3. Prior’s goals came from Lee Norman 3, Dale Spence 2, John Spence 1 and Shaun Major 1.

The game between
Hendon and Jolly Potter was played in very difficult conditions (really strong wind at Hill view) that unfortunately spoilt both teams from being able to play football. Hendon kicked off with the wind behind them and took the lead after about 20 mins though Keith Churchill firing into the bottom corner after the wind caused another scramble just inside the box. This was a good run out for the lads on the Hendon bench, even though some of them did not get on! (As they spent must of the time retrieving the ball from the bottom corner of the field almost every time it went above head height.) Hendon made it two nil 15 minutes later when Gary Innes  hit a 45/50 yard ‘CROSS’ which he swears blind was a shot and the wind took it into the top corner. Half time and as the teams changed ends so did the balance of the game as the wind was that strong. Jolly Potter made it 2-1 almost from the kick off with a tidy finish from Luke Sanders. The game continued exactly the same as the first half but with roles reversed, Potters scored a free kick from outside the box but this was ruled out for an infringement. Hendon did not learn from this and after another free kick was awarded just outside the box potters where Michael McCabe leveled, cleverly using the wind to their advantage with the set piece.  Hendon could have stolen the points late on but Gilby stormed into the box and blazed wide. A difficult game for all including the ref with the conditions, but a fair result for both sides.

Hylton Colliery took lead against Dawdon at half time. with goals from Darren Snowball(2) Adam Hopps(2) after Dawdon had took a 3 minute lead through Anthony Armstrong. Hylton came back strongly and Darren Snowball completed his hat trick and then Mark Cresswell and Adam Bate made the game safe for a 7 -2 victory. Lee Wood scored the second for Dawdon. Hylton star man was Lee Scott.

The Saltgrass defeated The Cove 3 – 0 in a game that was spoiled with heavy winds. It was agreed with the Referee to play 15 mins to see how it went and in that opening period the Saltgrass went 2 goals ahead with a powerful header from Paul Harrison and a nicely hammered shot by Mark Brook into the bottom corner. With that the 2 skippers were called over to the referee and it was decided to play the minimum of 35 minutes each way. Neat passing was the order of the day to combat the wind as every time the ball went skyward it ended up on the metro lines. John Hope completed the scoring with the third goal. Man of the match was Peter Wallace.

Sassco won the toss over Aquatic Sports in their TWR Commercial League Challenge Cup match and elected to play the first half against the wind. Reasoning was that they would try and chase the game in the second half if a goal down. However, it backfired. Two goals were conceded in the opening half from Mark Dickinson and Michael Conlon- where Aquatics spent the majority of it camped in Sassco's half. David Simpson made a number of saves to keep the score low.Second half saw Aquatics nearly add to their lead. It was Sassco's first foray into the opponent’s box which led to their opening goal with Michael Muers lashing in a free ball for the first of his 2 goals.Aquatics stormed back and took control of the game and never looked back with further goals from Carl Old 2, Alan Palin 1, and Scott Hailstone 1. The final scoreline was a comfortable 6-2 win.

The Arms & City Coachworks defeated Etherley Welfare 3 – 1 in the Durham Minor Cup with the game being played in terrible windy conditions and on a very uneven pitch. The Arms started the game kicking downhill in the first half with the wind blowing across the pitch. it was always going to anybody’s game with the poor weather, and went ahead after ten minutes when a pass from the keeper was controlled poorly by the right back and Richie Timm pounced to slot it in the bottom corner.Most of the play was in the Etherley half and 15mins later Stephen ‘Nelly’ Wright steamed in to the box and put it away for our second of the game. Half Time 0-2. The Arms started brightly again in the second half with a few shots on goal but couldn't finish Etherley off. Etherley took advantage of this, and a ball over the top saw Adrian Holden slot into the bottom corner. Shortly afterwards Ricardo Carbezas (the Arms Columbian import) dribbled into the box and put it past the keeper to complete the scoring to make it 3-1.

Washington Cricket Club visited a wind swept Silksworth Sports Centre today trying to continue their run of good form against Park View FC. Gale force winds battered the complex as the game ko, with pitch conditions and prevailing weather preventing both teams playing any football. Chances were limited in the 1st half with both teams cancelling each other attempts to create an opening infront of goal.  However a break on the right by Washington saw the ball fall kindly to Ross Allsopp who hit a 20 yard drive which the Park View keeper saved comfortably.  Just before H.T. Park View created an opportunity with a free kick on the left, with everybody expecting across the lad went for goal, but Phil Sykes reacted well turning the ball away for a corner.  H.T.0-0The 2nd half ko with the wind behind Washington and optimism high for more goal scoring opportunities. Eventually after  a couple of half chances Washington got the breakthough, good play down the left led to across by Phil Ingram being gratefully smashed home by the impressive Ross Allsopp. Washington improved their work rate and were rewarded with a 2nd goal shortly after.  Ross Allsopp received the ball on the half way line, running at the home defence, they backed away allowing him into the box where he deservedly won a penalty after a late lunge by the defender.  Dan Clark had no hesitation in accepting the chance to make the score 2-0 with a confident finish from the spot. Washington began playing their best football of the game without creating many chances, often the moves breaking down in the final third.  However Stephen Cuthbertson did hit the outside of the post, cutting in from the right and hitting a left foot shot that beat the keeper but not the post. Park View battled well for most of the game without causing any major concerns to the Washington back four, the only opportunity of note in the 2nd half being an attack down the right, the ball breaking inside the box to the forward, but his weak shot was well saved by Phil Sykes.  F.T. 0-2. 

Shiney Row Travellers Rest
came up against a determined Sunderland Times Inn and were defeated 2 -1. Goals from Michael Curry and Man of the Match Neil McNulty were enough to earn the points for Times Inn, with John Tumelty scoring for the Travellers Rest.

Country Park Inn shared the points with The Colliery Tavern in a 1 – 1 draw. Man of the match Carl Chapman scoring the goal for the Tavern.
At this stage of the Durham Minor Cup competition the league has a further 4 clubs through to the next round. More clubs within the league are due to enter in the later stages.



Matches for week ending 19th September 2009

Blue House thumps Hylton Colliery Juniors 6-2 in the cup.
Blue House took control from the off with John Cairns with a well taken goal to make it 1-0 then not long after John Cairns made it 2-0 with another lovley effort then Alan Golightly smashed in the 3rd to give Blue House control but just befor half time Colliery got a soft penatly and put it past the keeper to make it 3-1 at the break.
Second half Colliery came out flying and got back in the game straight away when there got a second game on.
Then Blue House got there head out of the clouds and went to finish game off Blue House got a penatly and there was only one man to take it  John Cairns stepped up and put it past the kepper to confirm a superb hatrick Brain Carter made it 5 with a lovley goal and Michael Potts made it 6 with a great low shot past the kepper with is left foot final score Blue House FC 6-2 Hylton Colliery Juniors.
Jordon Thompson also got his 5 Man of The Match in 6 games with another superb performance.

Prior v Times Inn
the prior turned up for this game in boyant mood as they had the returning j spence and s richardson back from suspension and were only missing the injured sanderson, cuddihy, adey, p richardson from the squad. the prior dominated from the first whistle while playing good football also took most there chances.
game finished 12-0. j spence 2, d spence 2, L norman 2, r mcclagan 3, s major, c rowntree, l marsh 1 each

WELCOME WIN SEND TOWN THROUGH TO NEXT ROUND SUPER SUB DORIAN CLINCHES TIE!! Country park inn f.c. 0-1 HOUGHTON TOWN 'B' F.C. This tie had been eagerly awaited by some but wasnt quite worth the build up some gave it but the win was more than welcome for Town and a much improved performance which they shouldve won by a bigger margain will boost confidence for the coming weeks!! Town management duo Bogan & Ward had their strongest squad of the season to choose from yet were still missing regular keeper Nev Boardman (aniversary celebrations?) aswell as David Jackson (honeymoon), Chris Day (injured), Mark Pemberton & Ian Pattinson(hols)Andy Stanton & Keith Vasey (work). Changes had to made following last weeks disgusting show at Redhouse so Town reverted back to 3-5-2 with Kev Agnew returning to the back 3 alongside Robinson & Carr, Hope, Lax & Harrison kept their places in midfeild and were joined by club captain Lee Southern who pushed up from the back to add some steel, Gary Sloan started his first game of the season after suspension and their was a new front two of Andrew Steele and big summer signing Ian Mordey who started for the first time, new signing Stuart Archbold started on the bench. Gav Lafferty, Jimmy Oliver, Rex Tranter & Paul Lamb all missed out. The game started with Town having a lot of possesion, Harrison, Sloane and Southern linking up well but the first chance of the game went to CPI as they got in down the left but the cross was well defended, Town went upfeild and a good passing move saw Ian Mordey get in a good effort from a tight angle that was well held, further long range efforts from Sloane, Southern and then Harrison failed to test the keeper before the much improved Kyle Lax had a great effort that dipped just too late after cutting in from the left!! Both wing-backs for Town put in great shifts with Hope on the right looking as fit as he has done in a while!! At the other end Lee Watt who also came in and had a great game in goal tipped an awkward inswinging corner over the bar, the Town defence tho was standing strong and looked comfortable as they did throughout in fairness!! On the halfhour Steele was caught from behind by the CPI captain in what was a badly timed tackle, he wasnt spoken to, Steele went off for treatment and after coming back on was involved in tackle with the same chap in what i would say was a strikers block tackle, unbelievably Steele was very harshly booked!! Inconsistancy strikes again. Town were sloppy for the last fifteen of the first half hardly completing two passes but the effort never dwindled and the back three well backed up by Southern and Watt in goal commanding his area defended well. The second half started with Town looking eager but whilst enjoying good possesion the final ball was often the wrong choice much to the frustration of strikers Steele & Mordey, after 55 mins new signing Stuart Archbold came on for his debut and replaced Sloane, he was quickly followed by Phil Dorian who clearly came on looking to prove a point, within a minute of his arrival Archbold had linked up well with Harrison and went thru on the keeper only to be denied a dream start by the post, Harrison himself was denied by a good save minutes later, Town were on top now and made the last sub introducing Dean Smith upfront for the tireing Mordey, CPI were still dangerous on the break but couldnt find a way thru, they had a few chances from set pieces but with the height of Archbold in there now to support Carr, Robinson and Southern getting anything in the air was a non-starter, the deadlock was finally broken when Lax played in Dorian who looked offside, he wasnt waiting about and produced a great finish into the corner as the CPI defence vented their anger, in fairness they had got lucky on more than one occasion with offsides as while the centre halves were getting out both full backs werent, there was a reaction from CPI but they were also arguing too much and Town looked to take advantage as Dorian again went close as did Archbold and Lax but they just couldnt find the killer second. CPI had further chances from free-kicks but all were defended well and the last chance of the game fell to the left winger who very kindly back-passed it back to Watt in goal.

Washington CCFC 6 - 2 Sassco FC 
 
 On another sunny glorious day, more suited to cricket than football, Washington entertained Sassco FC in a first division clash at Southern Area. 
 
Washington started well without looking dangerous, the final ball into the box often disappointing and letting down their initial fluent approach play.  Then the first good quality ball into the box saw a great side footed volley by Phil Ingram come back off the underside of the bar and into the path of David Laidler to side foot home, keeping up his golden touch in front of goal.  Washington took control of the game now and the second goal duly arrived, again a good ball in from the right saw Phil Ingram repeat his side footed volley this time bursting into the back of the net.  Washington seemed to take their foot off the pedal and almost allowed Sassco to get back into the game with a couple of opportunities which their forwards couldn't finish H.T. 2-0. 
 
Washington upped the tempo in the second half and were rewarded when Phil Ingram got his second goal of the game, sliding the ball home to make it 3-0.  The game began to be stretched and Washington broke away with Anthony Dixon running through, his shot being parried into the path of Phil Ingram, who rolled the ball into an empty net and complete his hat trick.
 
Sassco stemmed the flow of Washington attacks when a good through ball set up their forward to finish confidently high into the net.  Washington retaliated and got the initiative back, again Phil Ingram receiving a short corner, beating a player and curling the ball into the far top corner for his forth goal of the match.  Washington after making substitutions still began playing their easy flowing football and were rewarded with the best goal of the game.  From one end of the pitch to the other their one touch football was finished off when Phil Ingram crossed from the left for Stuart Burns to find the net from six yards.
 
In the dying minutes of the game after Washington had missed numerous chances, Sassco got another consolation goal.  Their forward ran into the box and was fouled to gain a penalty which was easily put away.  F.T. 6-2.  Scorers Washington D. Laidler, P. Ingram 4, S. Burns.
 
Colliery Tavern shocked Redhouse as they won through 5-3 on penalties after a action packed 4-4 draw. Tavern started like a house on fire and were well worth a 2-0 halftime lead. However Redhouse came storming back second half and goals from Wooton and Carter drew them level, however they were unable to find the winner,
Redhouse then went ahead in extra time through Charlton but were soon pegged back with a goal from Stokell. Wooton then thought he had won it for Redhouse when he rose to power home a header, only for Chapman to send the game to penalites with the very last kick. Gareth Brazier was then shown a red card after the final whistle ruling him out of the shootout. Croft and Carter had efforts saved by Colliery Keeper Robbo to send the first division team through after what had been a end to end well fought game between two teams who played it in a great spirit this despite the referee somehow having his cards out every 5 minutes.

Matches for week ending 12th September 2009

Aquatic Sports bounced back from last weeks horror show to defeat Chesters 5-4 in a thrilling game. Aquatic were determined to put on a display and it showed as right from the off they were working all over the pitch and going into every tackle with gusto. However after taking the lead through Critter Conlon, they inexplicably switched off and Chesters came roaring back, a few quick goals later and the referee was blowing for halftime with Chesters amazingly in the lead 4-1. New Aquatic Manager Hoey read his team the riot act and halftime and it clearly sparked them. Second half was more of the same with chances at both ends, however Cromack, and Watson(2) levelled the scores, then with 6 minutes left on the clock Watson went through to round the keeper and complete his hat trick and give Aquatic the win.

Blue House kept up their impressive start to the season with a hard fought 3-1 victory over Hylton CW. Dean Machin, Ged Huntley and Alan Golightly hit the goals that sealed the points with Jordan Thompson again man of the match for an incredible fourth game in a row!

Colonel Prior beat Dawdon 4-1 in a routine victory, two a piece from Cuddhy and Major did the damage as Prior turned in a much improved performance and will hope to be back to full strength in the coming weeks.

Houghton B continued their inconsistent start to the season with, literally, "a game of two halves" against a strong organised Jolly Potter outfit.

The match started as a high tempo affair with both teams choosing good organisation and a strong work ethic over a more cavalier attacking approach to the game.  It was however, The Jolly Potter who showed more attacking intent, trying to get the ball up quickly to the feet of the two pacey front men who looked to cause Houghton problems from the start by linking up with quick one-two's - the home team preferring to feed their forwards the ball directly into the channels to run onto.
In a closely matched contest it was Houghton who took the lead through Alan Carr, the experienced defender powering home a bullet header from ten yards as the home teams first corner was swung in!

Pretty soon after taking the lead though, Town switched off allowing The Potter forward in behind the defence only for Kevin Agnew to make a very decent last ditch tackle which unfortunately the ref deemed illegal, pointing to the spot in the process literally adding insult to injury as Agnew picked up a knock in the challenge which he never fully recovered from. The Potter's nominated player stepped up and dispatched an excellent penalty, leaving Town keeper Boardman with no chance.
After a well fought evenly balanced first half, no-one could have predicted the outcome of the second period.

Town simply failed to come out after half-time and The Potter raced out of the blocks to take a 2-1 lead within minutes. This appeared to change the game as Town's mental frailties were left gruesomely exposed.. There was a distinct lack of character on display from Town and the Jolly Potter seemed to sense this. The confidence of the away team grew and grew as massive holes started opening up in Town's midfield and defence as the game became stretched and Town went looking for an equaliser.

The game as a contest was now over, The Potter hit a fourth and as Town got within two goals twice (both very good Phil Dorian efforts) they each time allowed the Potter to restore the 3 goal advantage immediately afterwards.

On this evidence, the Jolly Potter can look forward with a great sense of optimism where-as if this sort of indifferent form continues its going to B a long hard season indeed for Town.

Redhouse put Hendon Grange to the sword 11-3. It was chances galore at Ryhope Rec as time and time again Hendons decision to play a very highline backfired with Redhouse simply able to play a one two on the halfway line to send players clear on goal, however some shocking finishing in the first 10 minutes kept the scores level.

The deadlock was broke however when Lewis Ansher went through and kept his cool to fire under the oncoming keeper, this was the signal for the floodgates to open and four more goals from Craig Charlton (2), Tommy Bell and Liam Wooton all near identical one on ones gave Redhouse a commanding 5-0 lead. Hendon did manage to pull one back on the stroke of halftime when the ball looked to have gone way out of play for a goal kick, this at least gave Redhouses Kyle Robinson a chance to let everyone know he was actually on the pitch as he high pitched squals of indignation were brushed off by the ref.

Redhouse made changes at halftime with the abysmal Robinson making way for Iggy Askew and Kelsey making way for Gareth Croft. The changes seemed to throw Redhouse and Hendon quickly had pulled a goal back. However it again sprang Redhouse into life, Charlton went clean through to complete his hat trick with a neat chip then Captain Sean Sheepy Hounslow was played in by Dixon, he kept his cool to curl a lovely shot into the top corner. Again Hendon managed to pull a goal back, an Eduardo-esque fall in the box was staggeringly given as a penalty which was clinically put away.

Redhouse again upped their game, winger Tommy Bell scored twice in as many minutes for complete his hatrick, then Wooton smashed home from outside the area to make it 10. Gareth Brazier then completed the scoring, dinking the ball past the keeper after good build up from Bell and Charlton sent him clear.



Matches for week ending 5th September 2009

Champions Jolly Potter continued their impressive start to the defence of their title by hitting Aquatic Sports for 15 without reply in the Premier League.  A classy performance of slick passing and movement  saw goals from Mick McCabe 5,  Man of the Match Mick Wharton 4, Joe Walton 4 and singles from Sanders and Lax  leave Aquatic shell shocked and fired warning to the league that once again Potters mean business.
 
The Hendon derby proved a one sided affair as Hendon FC overcame Hendon Grange 9-1.  Goals from Wrightson 4, Jackson, Gargett, Welsh (2)  and  a strike from Man of the Match John Bewick did the damage. Ed Wood replied for Grange.
 
Colonel Prior struggled for a team, however that was no concern to visitors Hylton Colliery who came away with a 5-0 victory. Hylton were ruthless in front of goal, albeit against a disorganized Prior, however they dominated from start to finish, goalscorers were Hopps, Snowball, Loughlin and both the Cresswell sisters were all on target.
 
Redhouse started their league campaign with a hard fought 3-1 victory at home to Dawdon FC.  Redhouse controlled the game for large parts but were unable to make their pressure tell, and it looked like they would end up paying when  a Dawdon free kick from near the halfway line avoided everyone before somehow finding its way into the back of the net.  Redhouse did not pull level till 15 minutes from  time  when Liam Wootons shot took a deflection and looped into the net. Wooton then put Redhouse ahead minutes later in again somewhat fortuitous circumstances,  Tommy Bells freekick was met by  Gareth Brazier who’s header struck Wooton in the face before going into the net. Craig Charlton then wrapped up the points moments later after being sent clear, with a cool finish. Man of the match was Gareth Brazier and Ryan Mcnaught. Redhouse will be looking to improve in coming weeks.
 
The First division saw two games,  Washington CC defeated Travellers Rest 3-1, Dixon and Laidler (2) on target,  whilst Saltgrass and Colliery Tavern played out an entertaining 2-2 draw.
 
In the county cup preliminary rounds its was an all WCFL affair  as Sassco hosted premier league Houghton Town. Town went into this game in confident mood after their impressive win the week before. A couple of changes were enforced with Hope coming in for Harrison and Oliver replacing Dorian who had apparently forgotten where he left his car. Robinson kept the captaincy and at the toss changed ends to play against a strong wind in the first half.

Town were wary of what happened last season when they were knocked out of all cups by lower league opposition and this was reiterated by Town bosses Bogan and Ward before kick off. Town kicked off and started with a 4-4-2 formation and both wide men Robinson and Jackson seeing plenty of the ball, Stanton was imposing himself in the middle with Hope trying to play the ball about and make the ball do the work with the strong wind. Early chances were falling to Houghton with crosses coming in from the right and Oliver trying to get on the end of them and make a nuisance of himself along the Sassco back line. The opening goal came from a long throw from hope on the right the keeper came and made a bit of a hash of it, he collected it in the end and tried a quick throw out this was intercepted by town who put a deep cross in and Robinson rose above the Sassco keeper to head home.

Town should have pushed on from there but seemed to just take it for granted they would win and were playing well within themselves going through the motions. Sassco didnt let their heads drop and pushed forward with there big forward making his presence felt. The next couple of chances fell to Sassco first was a break from the Sassco left, there player was through on the angle and hit a powerful shot from about 8 yards which was well saved by Boardman. A couple of minutes later Southern went down injured in the middle of the park his man ran free and hit a tame shot which was parried by Boardman who probably should have held the shot, this was cleared by the Town defence who put the ball out so Southern could receive treatment. Southern came back on but only for a couple of minutes and had to be replaced by Day who went in at left back and Carr moved to Centre Half. Houghton had chances through the half to extend their lead but a mixture of poor finishing and poor pass selection led to half time with only a 1 goal lead.

The second half started pretty much how the first ended with Sassco showing plenty of effort and Houghton doing just enough. Smith upfront for Town was lively but he really needs to start hitting the target with his shots and looking up as often he had good options but he tends to just shoot on site and mostly shoots over the bar, If he can improve his shooting he will get a hatful this season. The longer the half went on and the longer it stayed at 1-0 Sassco got stronger and grew in confidence. The Town defence were solid and with Boardman sweeping up behind they didnt look in to much danger but the threat was growing and mid way through the half the Sassco forward jinked his way across the box and managed to get a shot away which was saved by Boardman and went for a corner. The big Sassco forward was making a nuisance of himself again and the ball broke to him about 12 yards out his shot went across goal and into the top corner, 1-1 and to be Fair Sassco deserved their goal. The game was scrappy now and very even Smith had a great chance for Town when he came in from the left and hit a great shot which was very well saved by the Sassco keeper who was having a much better second half. Sassco then broke through and hit a shot across goal that was just finger tipped wide by Boardman.

A couple of changes had been made by farm Oliver was replaced by Steele and Day who was a sub was replaced by Vasey due to injury. The game looked to be going to extra time when Hope broke through the middle beat a man and put his shot into the bottom corner, a great finish by Hope who had a good game throughout. Town seemed to finally step up a gear as it looked like they were not going to let this lead slip. Sassco had a couple of breaks but their final ball was not accurate enough and Boardman managed to intercept on the edge of his box. The final goal came from a big kick from Boardman which went to Steel he controlled played a 1-2 and hit a great finish.

3-1 flattered Town a little who could and should have put this game to bed early, Sassco had a few chances and a little better finishing could have led to a different game that said Town also had chances and need to learn to work the keeper and not always shoot on site

City Arms Coachworks also had a cracking County Cup win.  Jake Baker was the star turn as his 6 goals helped his side on route to a 9-2 victory over Darlington Central Boro.  It was a tight first half asCoachworks started slow, however their superiority told in the end as Bakers strikes along with goals from Timm, Wright and Chris Slime ball Ord put a gloss on the score line.

Matches for week ending 29th August 2009

Town bosses Bogan and Ward rang the changes after last weeks dismal show and made six changes to the starting line up and went back to a 442 formation, Only keeper Boardman, Lee Southern, David Jackson, Tony Harrison & Dean Smith survived the cull, Capatain Kyle Lax wouldve stopped in too but an ankle injury kept him out, Mark Robinson came in and took the captaincy and he was joined by Allan Carr, Kevin Agnew, Mark Pemberton, Phil Dorian and new signing Andrew Stanton!!
Houghton started as if they meant business and were ahead inside 2 mins when Pemberton fed Dorian on the right and great skills by him set up Dean Smith who took a touch and rifled home his first goal of the season to give Town the start they wanted to the delight of all concerned!!
That settled Houghton right down and from then on they had the better of the first half with Harrison again on fine form in the middle of the park supported well by Robinson and the impressive Stanton who won everything, exactlty what Town missed last week! up front Smith and Dorians movement was excellent and pulled Hyltons back men all over the place while the re-introduction of Agnew, Carr and Pemberton at the back alongside Southern gave them a solid look.
Houghton had further chances from Smith and a Carr header while Dorian wrongly had a goal disallowed for offside when the number 6 for Hylton clearly played him on, it wasnt all Houghton tho and Hylton threatened from corners and set-pieces and the ever-green Barry Cook was always a threat!!
The second half started much the same with Houghton enjoying good possesion and couldve been ahead in with first attack when Jackson and Harrison linked to put Dorian thru but one on one with the keeper and the chance to slide in Robinson for a tap in he fluffed his lines, Houghton had a few more opportunities and Hylton were coming more into the game, a second goal was needed and on the hour it arrived, a superbly flighted ball over the top by Pemberton put Smith thru in the right channel and as he approached the box he looked up and chipped the ball over the top of the advancing keeper with the outside of his left foot for an outstanding goal!! The game slowed right down then and Houghton looked to be cruising and they introduced Hope, Oliver and Lafferty for Stanton, Dorian and Smith but in the 80th min Hylton pulled a goal back when slack defending let the Hylton man in to get a shot away that only proved a consolation.
  Blue House continued their impressive start beating Dawdon 4-1..
Blue House took any early lead by Alan Golightly after the keeper spilled a shot by Jordon Thompson for Alan to blast it home.Second half dawdon came out and got a fast equalizer to make it 1-1 Dawdon pressed to get a second but it was the Blue House who got the second when Dean Machin hit a long range effort was then missed kicked by the kepper and went under he's legs to make it 2.
Not so long after Dean Machin scored another goal to make it 3-1 and his total to 5 for the season in 2 games before Martin Eduardo Hope made it 4 with a close range effort with his first touch of the game.Blue House were spurred on by another great performance by Jordon Thompson who was man of the match for the second week in a row.
  Chesters defeated Times Inn  by a comfortabe 4-0 scoreline.  A game which was heavily affected by wind was settled by a hattrck  by the impressive Liam Frame,  Coomber added the other.
  Country Park Inn were down to the bare bones but still managed an  impressive  2-1 against Park View. Goals from Evans and Addison did the damage as Country Parlk finally gain some mommentum after a coule of dissapointing seasons.
  City Arms Coachworks ran out easy 6-1 winner vs Travellers Rest. However the day didnt get off to the best off starts as several of the team were too traumatised too play after seeing Danny Smiths ill advised new hairdo. However once the whistle went even the ridiculous glow coming from smiths head could prevent Coachworks from getting down to businness. Goals  Bewick (3) Nelly (2)  and Jake Baker did the damge  as  Coachworks continued their solid start to life in the WCFL.