Match Report 12 February 2017

The title race in Division One has opened up again following the defeat of leaders JFC United and a victory for Village Park Rangers to draw the team’s level on points with each having three league fixtures left to play.  Fairfield Sports & Social Club were the visitors to JFC United and came away with the points in a 3-2 win with goals from Chris Johnson, Ian Jordan and Lee Jordan.  For JFC United Junior Masandi scored both the goals.  Meanwhile Village Park Rangers entertained Doctor McGonigles (was The Garrick) and ran out 6-3 winners thanks to two goals each from Anthony Shaw and David Wilkinson plus a goal apiece for Gavin Robson and Andy Harris, for the visitors there was two goals for Chrissy Skipper plus one for Craig Wetherill.

In Division One Norton Unicorn moved up to fourth place with their fifth straight win including beating the top three teams their latest win 4-1 against leaders South Bank thanks to two goals from Robert Walton and a goal each for Jamie Cook and Adam Walton, Isam Benomran replied for South Bank.  At the other end of the table Riverside and Eaglescliffe shared the points in a 2-2 draw with Nathan Dorgan and Tony Bryan on target for Riverside and for Eaglescliffe Dominic Halliday and Matthew Purcell were the scorers.  Thornaby Sports & Leisure were at home to RSD but suffered a heavy defeat going down 7-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Edward Griffin and two goals for Liam Davis plus a goal each for Adam Brownless and Reyadh Abbas with Andrew Milbourne replying for Thornaby Sports & Leisure.  The George Pub & Grill suffered another defeat this time going down 3-2 at home to Nifco UK, The George goals from Craig Lake and Dean Hunt.  The goals for Nifco came from Scott Wright, John Williams and Michael White.

In the Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy Second Round PH FC Elmtree from division two entertained first division Thornaby Roundel at Tilery and it was the visitors who progressed by the odd goal in five, Ian Evans scored both goals for PH FC Elmtree and for Thornaby Roundel the goals came from Jordan Boyes, Kieran Campbell and Mark Campbell.  Thornaby Roundel are now away to Marton Rovers in the quarter finals.


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Match Report 5 February 2017

Last Sunday saw the quarter finals of the Durham Sunday Cup and the league was represented by Hardwick Social Club and Norton Red Lion but only Hardwick Social Club progressed to the semi-finals.  Hardwick Social Club entertained Boldon Shack the South Shields Sunday League leaders and a tight game was forecast and that is how it turned out as both sides strived for the advantage.  Hardwick Social Club took the lead on 20 minutes following good work from Paul Roddam on the right whose cross was played in and laid off to Sonni Coleman who calmly stroked the ball into the far corner.  Boldon saw plenty of the ball in the middle of the park but could not breakdown a resolute Hardwick defence.  In the second half the pattern was much the same but Hardwick created the better chances only to find the Boldon keeper in good form.  It took until the 91stfor the game to be settled when James Ward fired home in a crowded penalty area and see off the Boldon challenge.  Norton Red Lion entertained Hartlepool Lion Hillcarter but soon found themselves trailing 2-0 in the first half and the Lion held on to this lead and a place in the semi-finals.  Following the semi-final draw Hardwick Social Club will be at home to Hartlepool Lion Hillcarter.

In the second round of the John Jackson Memorial Trophy Billingham The White House entertained Thornaby Village looking for a place in the semi-final and came out on top 4-1.  An own goal was all that separated the teams at half time, the second half saw Billingham The White House extend their lead only for Thornaby Village to pull a goal back however Billingham The White House were not to be denied and ran out 4-1 winners, thanks to two goals from Bryan Stewart and one from Stephen Baynes plus the own goal, for Thornaby Village Jamie Walton scored their goal.

In the North Riding Sunday Challenge Cup Quarter finals the league was represented by five teams with four of these drawn against each other.  Thornaby Oddfellows from the Premier Division hosted Division One leaders JFC United and it was the visitors who came out on top 2-0 with goals from Famara Jatta and Florin Craciun.   First Division Thornaby Aerodrome Club played host to Second Division Thornaby Sports & Leisure and progressed by a score of 4-2 with two goals from Mark Robinson and one each from Shaun Hunnam and Christopher Fairless.  Thornaby Roundel of Division One were drawn away to Britannia Inn of the Langbaurgh Sunday League and came away with a comprehensive 6-2 victory thanks to goals from Daniel Longley, David Campbell, Dhanish Hussain, Joe Canwell, Mark Campbell and Ryan Harker.

In Division One Village Park Rangers missed a chance to close the gap on leaders JFC United when they were held to 3-3 draw by Jolly Farmers, this result leaves then three points adrift with four games to play.  Jolly Farmers goals came from Charlie Iveson with two and one from Rory McCabe whilst Gavin Robson scored two for Village Park Rangers plus one from Simon Frank.  The Garrick continue to climb the table their latest win was a 5-2 victory away to Storytellers United thanks to a hat-trick from David Higgins plus two goals from Chrissy Skipper.  St Marys College entertained Fairfield Sports & Social Club and had to settle for a point in a 2-2 draw with goals from Andrew Stephen and Matthew Forster; Chris Johnson scored both goals for Fairfield Sports & Social Club.

In Division Two leaders South Bank were away to The Oxbridge and came away with a 6-3 win thanks to a hat-trick from Graeme Watson plus goals from Dean Foster, Sean Harland and Shafiq Asif, for Oxbridge Shaun Baker scored twice plus one from Gary Matthews. Second placed PH FC Elmtree were 5-0 home winners against Riverside thanks to two goals from John James and others from Curtis Howden, Joseph Thompson and Martyn Coles.  RSD continued their recent improved form with a 5-3 home win against Marton Rovers, there was a hat-trick for Reyadh Abbas and a goal each for Dean Griffin and Liam Davis for Marton Rovers the scorers were Andrew Townsend, Kevin Young and Ryan Connelly.  Norton Unicorn continue to improve and their latest win was 6-2 against The George Pub & Grill thanks to five goals from Adam Walton plus one for Jamie Cook.  For The George Chris Dunwell and substitute Tom Hammond were the goal scorers.


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Match Report 29 January 2017

In the Premier Division Billingham The Merlin recorded only their second win of the season with a 2-1 victory away to Thornaby Village thanks to two goals from Daniel Docherty with Karl Charlton replying for Thornaby Village.  Meanwhile Portrack gained a hard fought 1-0 win away to Norton Red Lion thanks to the only goal of the game from substitute Martin Woodhouse.  Billingham The White House entertained Thornaby Oddfellows and two goals in two minutes saw the game exploded in the first 45 minutes as the game flowed from end to end.  On 30 minutes a player from each side deservedly sent off and half time saw the score remain 1-1.  In the second half Billingham The White House took control of the game and ran out convincing winners.  Billingham The White House goals came from Christopher Atkinson with two and one each for Stewart Bath and a Bryan Stewart penalty, Glenn Corkain scored for Thornaby Oddfellows.

In Division One leaders JFC United lost the chance to extend their lead at the top of the table as they suffered another defeat this time going down 2-1 away to Billingham The Kings who have now defeated the top teams in the last couple of weeks to show improved form.  Both Billingham The Kings goals came from Neil Farwell with Yrus Kehi replying for JFC United.  Thornaby Aerodrome Club climbed off the bottom of the table following a 1-1 draw with Jolly Farmers, Daniel Pearce scored for Thornaby Aerodrome Club and Arran Scott for Jolly Farmers.  Stockton Five Alls entertained St Marys College in a tight game that saw the visitors come out with the points following a narrow one goal win thanks to Karl Lidster.  Thornaby Roundel entertained Storytellers United and ran out winners by the odd goal in three, Daniel Longley and Dhanish Hussain scored for Roundel and Christopher Waites replied for Storytellers United.

The second division saw some high scoring games as second placed PH FC Elmtree ran out 9-1 winners away to Nifco UK, There was five goals from John James plus a goal each for Darren Bullock, Joseph Thompson, Lewis Hargreaves and Martyn Coles, for Nifco Nigel Wilks scored the only goal.  The George Pub & Grill had a 7-4 win away to Eaglescliffe with two goals from Chris Dunwell and a goal each for Daniel Lincoln, Craig Lake, Daniel Lapping, Dean Hunt and Jonathan McDonald.  For Eaglescliffe Callum Barraclough scored twice plus Connor Duncan and Danny Hall also scored.  Norton Unicorn maintained their recent good form and ran out 3-1 winners away to Marton Rovers with two goals from Adam Walton and one from Michael Mann, Andrew Townsend scored for Marton Rovers.  The Oxbridge played host to RSD but slipped to a 4-1 defeat, Charlie Stewart, Dean Griffin, Liam Davis and Reyadh Abbas scored for RSD with Shaun Baker scoring for The Oxbridge.  Thornaby Sports & Leisure entertained Riverside and came out on top by the odd goal in seven thanks in the main to a hat-trick from Michael Tye and one from Rhys Logan, for Riverside Lee Mallory, Matthew Scaife and an own goal.


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Match Report 22 January 2017

Match of the day in Division One saw leaders JFC United entertain second placed Village Park Rangers with both teams looking to bounce back after surprise defeats the week before.  JFC United took the lead on 20 minutes through Junior Masandi but Village Park Rangers hit back five minutes later through David Wilkinson and then took the lead through Gavin Robson.  The second half opened with Junior Masandi scoring a peach from 20 yards inside the first minute and he completed his hat-trick 25 minutes later to give JFC United the lead once again.  They wrapped up the points in the final minute when Famara Jatta converted from the penalty spot to seal the victory.  Thornaby Aerodrome Club made it two wins in a row with a 4-2 win away to Storytellers United with two goals from Jason McNamee and one each for Mark Robinson and Christopher Fairless whilst for Storytellers United Steven Graham and Stewart Coats were the scorers.  The Garrick just edged out Billingham The Kings by the odd goal in seven with two goals for Daniel McLay and a goal each for Zach Hughes and Chrissy Skipper, whilst Lee Burrell, Jonathan Casson and Michael Doyle were the scorers.  Jolly Farmers got back to winning ways with a 5-0 victory at home to St Marys College with two goals from Matthew Robson and a goal each from Connor Hardman, Daniel Rutherford and Daniel Smith.  The game between Stockton Five Alls and Thornaby Roundel was abandoned by the referee with Roundel leading 3-0 with two goals from Mark Campbell and one from Lee Saunders.

In Division Two leaders South Bank enjoyed a 4-0 win against Eaglescliffe F.C thanks to a hat-trick from Anthony Barnes and a single goal from Sean Harland meanwhile PH FC Elmtree remain on their heels following a 5-2 win against Thornaby Sports & Leisure with all five goals scored by John James.  For Thornaby Sports & Leisure the goals came from Michael Tye and Joe Cox.  RSD entertained Norton Unicorn but slipped to a 7-4 defeat thanks to two goals each from Adam Walton, Robert Walton, Michael Mann and one from Jordan Thirsk, for RSD Liam Davis scored twice and goal each for Charlie Stewart and Joe Walton.  Marton Rovers entertained Nifco UK and the teams shared six goals and the points, scorers for Marton Rovers were Adam Finnigan, Kevin Young and Ryan Connelly whilst John Williams scored twice plus one for Daniel Calvert was Nifco’s reply.

In the Premier Division leaders Portrack extended their lead with Hardwick Social Club on cup duty with a 5-1 win away to Billingham The Merlin with two goals for Ian Thompson and one each from Daniel Rowbotham, Ashley Lavan and John Allison, David Roth scoring for the Merlin.  The only other game saw Thornaby Oddfellows defeat Norton George & Dragon by the only goal of the game scored by Newton Boyce.

In the John Jackson Memorial Trophy First Round Billingham The White House took an early two goal lead against Norton Red Lion thanks to Matthew Osmond and Chris Atkinson and came close to adding to it before half time.  In the second half on a tricky pitch Norton Red Lion dominated play and applied pressure but keeper Chris Davidson made some excellent saves and blocks until five minutes from time he was slow to react and Red Lion reduced the lead through Josh Dowsland however Billingham The White House held on and played out the last remaining minutes.

In the Durham Sunday Cup Hardwick Social Club progressed to the quarter finals with a 6-3 win against Dawdon Welfare Park thanks to a hat-trick from Jamie Owens plus a goal each from Jamie Poole, Tony Johnson and Charlie Raby.



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Match Report 15 January 2017

Hardwick Social Club entertained The Lobster from Liverpool in the fourth round of the All England Sunday Cup at Stockton Town F.C and secured a place in the next round with a 2-0 victory.  Hardwick Social Club started brightly and could and should have scored in the opening 15 minutes missing at least three good chances.  Hardwick dominated the play which was controlled from the back three of Tom Coulthard, Craig Bishop and Adam Nicholson with Jamie Poole sat in front but they failed to take their chances, they were given a good chance to take the lead on 42 minutes when they were awarded a penalty but Tom Coulthard saw his weak effort saved by the visitor’s keeper.  However in injury time James Ward hit a 25 yarder that left the keeper well beaten and gave Hardwick a well-deserved lead.  The second half was much the same but The Lobster did see more of the ball in the second half but rarely tested Hardwick keeper Michael Arthur who was well protected by the three in front.  On 60 minutes Hardwick doubled the lead this time Ward lobbed the keeper and that sealed the match for Hardwick.  This was a well deserved team victory for Hardwick Social Club and progression to the last eight where they will play either Witton Park Rose & Crown or Black Bull from Liverpool.

In the Premier Division only two games were possible leaders Portrack were away to Billingham Cowpen Club and ran out 7-1 winners thanks to four goals from Ian Thompson and a goal each from Edson Martins, Gareth Poole and Joshua Haley, Adam Wrench scored for Cowpen.  The other game saw Thornaby Village entertain Norton George & Dragon and it was the home side that triumphed running out 3-0 winners thanks to goals from Harrison Davies, Karl Charlton and Marc Todd.

In Division One the league table was turned upside down as leaders JFC United were away to bottom of the table Thornaby Aerodrome Club and suffered a rare defeat going down 2-0 to goals from Jason McNamee and Ryan Hunnam.  Meanwhile second placed Village Park Rangers slipped to a 4-0 defeat to second bottom Billingham The Kings whose goals came from Lee Burrell with two and one each for Jonathan Casson and Richard Read.  Third placed St Marys College also lost to Storytellers United whose goals came from Ian O’Neill, Stewart Coats, Stephen Sudlow, Christopher Whaley and Aaron Naqui. St Marys goals came from Chris Taylor, Michael Butler and William Scully.  The Garrick enjoyed a fine 7-1 win at home to Fairfield Sports & Social Club with goals from Chrissy Skipper and Shaun Baker with two each and one each from Callum Foster, Daniel Southall and an own goal, Michael McDonnell scored for Fairfield.  Thornaby Roundel also enjoyed a seven goal spree as they defeated Stockton Five Alls 7-2 thanks to four goals from Joe Canwell and two from Jordan Boyes plus one for Dhanish Hussain, Chris Wright and Jamie Roberts scoring for Stockton Five Alls.

In Division Two South Bank are the leaders following the resignation of Coulby Newham and they entertained Riverside last weekend and ran out 7-1 winners with a hat-trick from Isam Benomran and a goal each from Dean Foster, Sean Harland, Shafiq Asif and substitute Lewis Schink, Dylon Marshall scored for Riverside.  Second placed The George suffered a 5-1 defeat at home to The Oxbridge with Danny Lincoln scoring for The George.  Third placed PH FC Elmtree also suffered a defeat going down 3-5 at home to Norton Unicorn. Goals for Norton Unicorn came from Adam Walton and Robert Walton with two each and one for Chris Callaghan, for PH FC Elmtree Martyn Coles, Lewis Hargreaves and Rhys Greenwood were the scorers.  RSD moved further away from the bottom of the table following a 4-2 home win against Nifco with two goals apiece for Charlie Stewart and Reyadh Abbas and for Nifco Michael White scored both the goals.  Thornaby Sports & Leisure and Marton Rovers shared none goals but it was Thornaby Sports & Leisure who came out on top 6-3 thanks to two goals for Jack Walton and one each from Dale McElvaney, David Stewart, Joe Cox and Rhys Logan and for Marton Rovers there were two goals from Adam Finnigan and one for Hayden Moody.
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Match Report 8 January 2017

The league resumed last Sunday after three weeks and in the Premier Division leaders Portrack entertained Norton George & Dragon at Tilery and the first half was fairly even with Portrack opening the scoring through Ian Thompson but Norton George & Dragon equalised through Ryan Watson.  The second half went much the same as the first but two goals in a couple of minutes from Ian Thompson and Martin Woodhouse sealed the victory and points for Portrack.  The only other league game was a local Billingham derby when Billingham The Merlin entertained Billingham The White House with both teams determined to win, an excellent 90 minutes and two contrasting halves.  The first went end to end but both teams cancelled each other out and the first half produced no goals whereas the second half saw six goals, Billingham The Merlin took a two goal lead through Ryan Chan and Adam Clayton but were pegged back with goals from Mark Lilley and Bryan Stewart.  Ryan Chan added a second to put Merlin back in front but this was cancelled out by Chris Atkinson.  At the final whistle a fair result and an excellent match played in good spirit and enjoyed by all and well handled by referee Jamie Cann.

Due to Cup games only one fixture was possible in Division One when St Marys College went down 5-1 to Thornaby Roundel at home, there goal scored by Chris Taylor.  For Roundel the goals came from Daniel Longley, Dhanish Hussain, Joe Canwell, Kieran Campbell and Matthew McGee.

Only two games took place in Division Two where The George Pub & Grill had a narrow 3-2 win against Thornaby Sports & Leisure with two goals for Jonathan McDonald and one for Daniel Lincoln, Michael Tye scored both goals for Thornaby Sports & Leisure.  The other game saw The Oxbridge and Norton Unicorn share two goals and the points Clark Peacock scored for Oxbridge and Michael Dexter for Norton Unicorn.

In the John Jackson Memorial Trophy Second Round Billingham Cowpen Club entertained Thornaby Oddfellows but slipped to a 4-1 defeat, Oddfellows goals coming from Benjamin Kerry and Arran Brookbanks both with two goals each, Dylan Dawson replied for Billingham Cowpen Club.

In the Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy First round first division Fairfield Sports & Social Club entertained high flying second division PH FC Elmtree and the game produced ten goals with the visitors coming out on top 6-4.  Star man for PH FC Elmtree was John James who scored four times plus a goal each for Michael Bond and Ian Durant.  For Fairfield Sports & Social Club Chris Johnson, Ian Jordan, Lee Jordan and Matthew Dixon were the scorers.

In the Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy Second Round Jolly Farmers entertained first division rivals Thornaby Aerodrome Club and the game ended all square 2-2 and was decided on penalties with Thornaby Aerodrome Club coming out on top 4-2.  Goals for Jolly Farmers came from Charlie Iveson and Louie Dunning and for Thornaby Aerodrome Club Mark Robinson and Shaun Hunnam.  Another all first division clash saw Billingham The Kings entertained Village Park Rangers in the same competition but it was the visitors who triumphed 5-2 with two goals for David Wilkinson and one each for Andy Harris, Gavin Robson and Anthony Shaw and for Billingham The Kings Jonathan Casson and Lee Burrell were the scorers.  Eaglescliffe F.C entertained second division rivals Marton Rovers but it was the visitors who came out on top 4-0 thanks two goals from Adam Finnigan and one each from Kevin Young and Lee Wright.  First division leaders JFC United were at home to first division Storytellers United and ran out 3-1 winners with goals from Famarra Jatta, Junior Masandi and Yacouba Traore with Jonathan McLone replying for Storytellers United.   Another all first division clash saw Stockton Five Alls entertain The Garrick in a tight game that saw nine goals with Stockton Five Alls just edging by the odd goal, scorers for Stockton Five Alls with two goals apiece were Chris Wright and Sam Higgins plus one for Jamie Roberts.  For The Garrick there were two goals for Carl Stonehouse plus one each from Daniel McLay and David Higgins.  The final tie was an all second division clash between RSD and Riverside again producing nine goals however RSD ran out 6-3 winners with two goals apiece for Dean Griffin and Reyadh Abbass and one each for Adam Brownless and Gavin Brownless.  For Riverside Craig Ankers, Lee Mallory and Tony Bryan were the scorers.

In the Durham Sunday Cup Third Round Norton Red Lion progressed to the quarter finals with a 4-1 home win against Easington Colliery Club & Institute thanks to goals from Charles Inman, Christian Selby, Matthew Thomas and Matthew Watson, they now play Hartlepool Lion Hillcarter in the quarter finals.

In the North Riding Sunday County Cup Quarter Final Thornaby Village suffered a heavy defeat going down 8-3 against Park End their goals coming from Glenn Corkain, Harrison Davies and Karl Charlton.
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Match Report 18 December 2016

In Division One the top two teams Village Park Rangers and JFC United appear to be pulling away from the rest of the division as both recorded victories again last weekend.  Village Park Rangers were 3-1 winners away to Thornaby Roundel with goals from Callum McNally, David Wilkinson and Ian Gowing and Kieran Campbell scored for Roundel whilst JFC United were 4-0 winners at home to Jolly Farmers.  Two goals for Famara Jatta and one each for Junior Masandi and substitute Vasile Bucuresteanu set up the latest win as both teams sit in a good position going into the two week Christmas break.  Storytellers United entertained Billingham The Kings and ran out 3-1 winners with two goals for Christopher Waites and one for Christopher Whaley, James O’Brien replied for Billingham The Kings.  Fairfield Sports & Social Club came from 2-0 down to beat Stockton Five Alls 3-2 thanks to goals from Lee Jordan, new signing Ian Jordan and Michael McDonnell.

In the Premier Division Billingham The Merlin entertained Norton Red Lion but suffered a narrow defeat going down 3-2, Billingham The Merlin’s goals from Charlie Gaffney and Daniel Tomlin and for Norton Red Lion the scorers were Charles Inman, Jamie Barton and Matthew Watson.  Portrack entertained Thornaby Oddfellows at Tilery and ran out 6-3 winners with a hat-trick for Ian Thompson plus a goal apiece from David Dowd, Gareth Poole and Joshua Haley, for Oddfellows Arron Brookbanks scored two plus one from Newton Boyce.  Thornaby Village played host to Hardwick Social Club but slipped to a 4-0 defeat with goals from Sonni Coleman plus a hat-trick from substitute Jamie Owens.

In Division Two Norton Unicorn had a 6-1 win against Coulby Newham at Tilery with four goals for Adam Walton and a goal each from Michael Mann and Robert Walton with Martin White scoring for Coulby Newham.  The Riverside played host to Marton Rovers and it was the visitors who came out on top by the odd goal in five.  Goals for Marton Rovers came from Anthony Townsend, Anthony Burns and Hayden Moody and for Riverside Lee Mallory and Benjamin Jukic were the scorers.  Second placed South Bank entertained third place The George Pub & Grill with both teams level on points however it was South Bank who came out on top winning 4-1 with two goals from new signing Isam Benomran and a goal each for Sean Harland and Shafiq Asif with Danny Lincoln scoring for The George.  The final game saw Nifco record a narrow 1-0 win over The Oxbridge with the only goal of the game from Lee O’Connell.


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Match Report 11 December 2016

Last Sunday Hardwick Social Club travelled to Shildon AFC to play Newton Aycliffe Locomotion in the third round of the All England Sunday Cup and produced a mighty performance to run out 4-0 winners and a place in the last 16 of the competition.  Hardwick started brightly and pressed from the off but had to be wary of the counter attack from their opponents and on 20 minutes Kevin Hayes broke down the right and cut inside and drilled the ball home and Hardwick extended their lead when Sonni Coleman forced a defender to lose the ball and he cut in and rounded the keeper before slotting into an empty net.  The second half still saw Hardwick on the front foot and on 52 minutes came the goal of the game when Jamie Owens unleashed a shot from 20 yards that flew into the net giving the home keeper no chance at all.  Ten minutes later as Aycliffe pushed forward they were caught out by a quick break that saw James Risbrough through on goal as he beat a couple of defenders and calmly slotted the ball home.  A good team performance from Hardwick Social Club was the key to this game and credit must go to all the players who earned this victory and a place in round four.

There were only two games in the Premier division where Thornaby Oddfellows entertained Thornaby Village who ran out 2-0 winners with goals from Harrison Davies and Mark Ferguson.  The other game saw Norton Red Lion away to Billingham Cowpen Club and they had a comfortable 7-0 victory with a hat-trick for Matthew Watson and goals from Bradley Murray, Jack Leicos, Oliver Henderson and Ross Burdon.

In Division One The Garrick entertained Thornaby Aerodrome Club at Yarm Road and it was the home side who quickly took the lead and built on this lead up to half time to lead 3-0 with goals from Chrissy Skipper, Daniel McLay and Craig Wetherill.  In the second half Thornaby Aerodrome Club came back into the game but could only score the one goal through Ryan Hunnam.  Jolly Farmers got back to winning ways with a 5-3 home win against Fairfield Sports & Social Club with two goals from Daniel Rutherford and one apiece for Charlie Iveson, Tom Clark and substitute Kevin Thomas.  For Fairfield Sports & Social Club there were two goals from Lee Jordan and one from Adam Duffield.  Village Park Rangers continued their winning run the latest a 3-0 home win against Storytellers United with two goals from Gavin Robson and one for Tony Goddard.  JFC United continue to keep up the pressure following an emphatic 12-2 win away to third placed St Marys College, star man being Junior Masandi who scored seven of the goals the other goals coming from Yrus Kehi, Famara Jatta, Dimitri Kehi, Jonathan Barber plus an own goal and for St Marys the scorers were Chris Taylor and Jack Sedgwick.  This win opened up a gap between the top two teams and the rest of the league.

In Division Two PH FC Elmtree continue to lead the way their latest victory was against a depleted Coulby Newham who are currently sitting at the bottom of the table.  PH FC Elmtree ran out 7-1 winners with two goals each for John James and Rhys Greenwood plus a goal each for Ian Evans, Joseph Thompson and Lewis Hargreaves, for Coulby Newham Martin White scored the only goal.  South Bank moved into second place following victory over Thornaby Sports & Leisure and gaining revenge for last week’s County cup defeat coming out 3-2 winners with goals from Anthony Barnes, Shafiq Asif and Wayne Smith, Joe Cox and Michael Tye scored for Thornaby Sports & Leisure.  Nifco are up to fourth place following a 4-1 win away to Riverside with goals from John Williams, Mark Downing, Michael White and Ricky Sharp, Tony Bryan replied for Riverside.  Marton Rovers climbed up to fifth following a 6-1 home win against Eaglescliffe F.C with a hat-trick from Andrew Townsend plus goals from Hayden Moody, Ryan Connelly and Steven Daniels and for Eaglescliffe F.C Danny Hall was the scorer.


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Match Report 4 December 2016

The League program was once again depleted due to the North Riding Sunday Challenge Cup and also the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy second round ties.

In Division Two second placed PH FC Elmtree entertained leaders The George Pub & Grill at Tilery and had the better of the first half scoring five times without reply as the visitors defence could not handle the attacking flair of the home side.  The second half was more even with The George just shading it 3-2 but by then the home side had the game wrapped up.  John James led the way for PH FC Elmtree with four goals plus one each from Ian Evans, Michael Bond and Daniel Brown and for The George the scorers were Paul Leonard, Daniel Broadley and Ian Peckett, this win moved PH FC Elmtree back above their opponents.  Another game that saw 10 goals was between Norton Unicorn and The Oxbridge with The Oxbridge coming out on top 6-4 with two goals each from Harry Train and Shaun Baker plus one each for Jason May and Tom Massingham whilst for Norton Unicorn the goals came from Adam Walton, Robert Walton, Paul Chamberlain and Chris Bousefield.  Nifco UK had a 6-2 home win against the Riverside with two goals from Mark Downing and Niall MacPherson plus a goal each from James Richards and Josh Donnelly, for Riverside Lee Mallory and Mark Walker were the scorers.

In the Premier Division Hardwick Social Club entertained Billingham Cowpen Club and ran out 5-1 winners with two goals for Jamie Owens and a goal each from Danny Lawson, Sam Ions and Joe Hinchley and for Billingham Cowpen Club Billy Crookston was the scorer.  Meanwhile Norton George & Dragon dropped two points and missed the chance to go back top when they were held to a 3-3 draw away at Billingham The Merlin.  Goals for Billingham The Merlin came from Adam Clayton, Bradley Thackeray and Joshua Dawson and for Norton George & Dragon Ryan Watson scored twice plus an own goal.

In Division One Billingham The Kings entertained Fairfield Sports & Social Club and edged the game by the odd goal in seven with two goals for Lee Burrell and a goal each for Jamie Miller and Michael Doyle whilst Lee Jordan scored twice for Fairfield Sports & Social Club and Michael Ball added the other.  The only other fixture in this division saw Jolly Farmers entertain Storytellers United and it was the visitors who came out on top 3-0 with goals from Christopher Waites, Christopher Whaley and Stewart Coats. 

In the North Riding Sunday Challenge Cup Third Round the league was represented by eight teams and of these five progressed to the next round and as two ties were all league affairs this was a good return.  JFC United entertained Newlands Park Hotel and ran out 6-2 winners with Vasile Bucuresteanu scoring four goals and Famara Jatta and substitute Haidar Esmaiel scoring a goal apiece.  First Division Thornaby Aerodrome Club entertained Second Division Marton Rovers and the game had to be settled by penalties as they played a three all draw with Thornaby Aerodrome Club winning the shoot-out 5-4.  Goals for Thornaby Aerodrome Club came from Shaun Hunnam, Ryan Hunnam and Mark Robinson and for Marton Rovers the scorers were Andrew Townsend with two and Adam Finnigan.   There was an all second division clash between South Bank and Thornaby Sports & Leisure and it was the visitors who triumphed 3-2 with two goals from Michael Tye and one for Matthew May whilst Anthony Barnes and Sean Harland scored for South Bank.  Thornaby Roundel were away to The Corra and came away with a 9-4 victory thanks to a hat-trick from Ryan Harker, two goals for Joe Canwell and one each for Daniel Longley, Dhanish Hussain, Kieran Campbell and Mark Campbell.  Thornaby Oddfellows recorded a narrow 5-4 win away to Stokesley Sports Club with goals from Benjamin Kerry, Josh Larkin, Newton Boyce, Samuel Wilson and Stephen Brookbanks.  The only side not progressing with a team from another league is Eaglescliffe F.C who suffered a heavy 10-2 defeat at home to Britannia Inn there goals from Connor Duncan and Jonathan Webb.

In the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy round two second division RSD had a 6-3 win at home to first division The Garrick with a hat-trick from Reyadh Abbas plus two goals for Liam Davies and one for Tommy Knowles.  First division leaders Village Park Rangers entertained premiership Norton Red Lion but it was the visitors who progressed to round three with a narrow 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Bradley Murray and Josh Dowsland,  for Village Park Rangers David Wilkinson was the scorer.  The final tie saw premiership Thornaby Village host first division Stockton Five Alls but there was no close game here as Thornaby Village ran riot running in 14 goals without reply.  Karl Charlton scored eight with James Hackett and Aiden Larsen both scoring twice and one each for Harrison Davies and Martin Blackburn.


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Match Report 27 November 2016

Last Sunday saw the second round proper of the Durham Sunday Cup with three of the league’s premier division teams in action and with two progressing to the third round.  Norton Red Lion entertained Hartlepool Snooker Centre in what turned out to be a tight game with both sides fully committed and the score remained blank at half time.  Norton Red Lion were awarded a penalty on 60 minutes when Bradley Murray burst through but was fouled however from the resulting penalty Matthew Watson saw his spot kick well saved by the Hartlepool keeper.  However Watson made amends seven minutes later when he raced away down the left wing and squared for Bradley Murray to tap home the opening goal.  On 85 minutes Matthew Watson then broke away and added a second and they looked to be heading for the next round however seven minutes into added time and Hartlepool pulled a goal back and they launched an all-out attack to grab an equaliser but three minutes later as they pushed for the late equaliser Norton Red Lion broke clear and Jake Rollinson added number three as the Hartlepool defence was nowhere to be seen.  Elsewhere in the same competition Hardwick Social Club entertained Easington Lane WMC and ran out 5-1 winners thanks to a hat-trick from Jamie Owens plus a goal each for Adam Nicholson and James Risbrough meanwhile Norton George & Dragon slipped to a 4-2 defeat away to Dawdon Welfare Park their goals scored by Christopher Burton and Philip Horsman.  Hardwick Social Club will play Dawdon Welfare Park at home in round three whilst Norton Red Lion are also at home to Easington Colliery Club & Institute. 

With both Hardwick Social Club and Norton George & Dragon on County cup duty the Portrack took full advantage to move to the top of the table following a 5-2 win away to Thornaby Village, there was a hat-trick from Ian Thompson and a goal each for Daniel Rowbotham and Josh Rowbotham, for Thornaby Village Glenn Corkain and Stephen Preston were the scorers.  Thornaby Oddfellows are well established in the middle of the table and recorded another victory this time against a plucky Billingham Cowpen Club running out 4-2 winners with goals from Benjamin Kerry who grabbed a hat-trick and Arron Brookbanks.  For Billingham Cowpen Club the goal scorers were Martin Fields and Ryan Duffie.

In Division One Billingham The Kings moved off the foot of the table albeit it on goal difference following a 3-0 win away to Jolly Farmers thanks to two goals from Lee Burrell and one from Jamie Miller.  Village Park Rangers remain as leaders following a comprehensive 10-1 win against ten men of Fairfield Sports & Social Club there was a hat-trick from Simon Frank plus two goals each from Anthony Shaw and Gavin Robson plus one each from Andy Harris, David Wilkinson and Sam Foxton and for Fairfield Sports & Social Club Charlie Norster was the scorer.  JFC United are currently second and are keeping up the pressure on Village Park Rangers with a 6-1 win at home to Thornaby Roundel with four goals for Junior Masandi and two from Vasile Bucuresteanu and for Roundel Daniel Longley was the scorer.  St Marys College remain in third place their latest win was 8-1 against Thornaby Aerodrome Club with a hat-trick for Chris Taylor plus two goals for Andrew Stephen and one apiece for Andrew Hunter, Brett Lancaster and Michael Butler, Dominic Halliday scored for Thornaby Aerodrome Club.  The Garrick were 10-0 winners against a much depleted Billingham FC there was a hat-trick for Carl Stonehouse and Chrissy Skipper plus a goal each for David Higgins, Daniel Southall, Callum Foster and Daniel McLay.  Storytellers United and Stockton Five Alls shared eight goals and the points when they met. Stockton Five Alls goals came from Sam Higgins with two and Jamie Roberts and Kieran Todd with a goal each.  For Storytellers United there was a hat-trick for substitute Christopher Whalley plus one goal for Christopher Waites.

In Division Two South Bank dropped a couple of points in their promotion campaign when they were held to a 2-2 draw by RSD, Anthony Barnes and Michael Duff were on target for South Bank and Reyadh Abbass and Adam Brownless replied for RSD.  The George Pub & Grill continue to lead the table but have played more games than the rest their latest win was 6-3 at home to the Riverside, two goals each from Daniel Lapping and Jonathan McDonald plus one each from Chris Dunwell and Andrew Morrison and for Riverside Arron Robinson, Khalid Maroof and Dylon Marshall were the scorers.   PH FC Elmtree are keeping up the pressure on the leaders they completed a 7-1 home win against Nifco with two goals each for John James and Ian Durant plus one goal each for Curtis Howden, Martyn Coles and Will Noble for Nifco Josh Donnelly was the scorer.  Norton Unicorn entertained Eaglescliffe F.C and ran out 2-1 winners with goals from Adam Walton and Jordan Thirsk whilst for Eaglescliffe Robert McIlroy was the scorer.  Coulby Newham entertained Marton Rovers but could only muster 10 players as they slipped to a narrow 4-3 defeat, two goals from Andrew Geddes and one for Tom Murphy were not enough for Coulby Newham as two goals from Andrew Townsend plus Kevin Young and Ryan Connelly sealed the points for Marton Rovers.  Thornaby Sports & Leisure were 3-1 winners away to The Oxbridge with goals from Matthew May, David Stewart and Michael Tye.
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