Match Report 15 November 2015

Hardwick Social Club travelled to Hull to play Hessle Rangers in the second round of the All England Sunday Cup and progressed to round three with a 3-0 victory thanks to goals from Jamie Owens, Tom Coulthard and Charlie Raby. Hardwick Social Club now have a third round home tie against Allerton or West Bowling AFC on 13 December 2015.
In the Premier Division Portrack entertained South Bank at Tilery with the pitch in fairly good condition considering all the previous days’ rain.  Portrack were looking to close the gap at the top on Norton George & Dragon whose game was postponed but they found South Bank a hard nut to crack especially with goalkeeper Michael Duff in excellent form denying Portrack on numerous occasions even saving a penalty.  A hat-trick from new signing Lewis Patchett and one goal from Brian Cadic on debut earned South Bank a share of the spoils in an exciting 4-4 draw.  Ian Thompson scored a hat-trick for Portrack and Ben Turner scored the penalty after missing an earlier one.
In Division One Billingham The Merlin extended their lead at the top of the table with Layfield Arms on cup duty and Norton Red Lion not playing with a 3-1 win against Stockton Five Alls.  Two goals from Joshua Chambers and one from Nicholas Matthews set up the win, Thomas Salisbury replied for Stockton Five Alls.  Village Park Rangers score an emphatic 8-2 win away at Fairfield Sports & Social Club thanks to a hat-trick from David Wilkinson and a goal each for Gavin Robson, Rob Edemenson, Callum McNally, Jason Elgie and an own goal, Matthew Dixon and Daniel Horsley scored for Fairfield Sports & Social Club.  Eaglescliffe FC entertained Billingham The Kings but with their ground unfit the game was switched to High Grange and it was the Kings who took the honours with a 7-3 win, there was a hat-trick for Peter Harbron, two goals from Daniel Docherty plus goals from Christopher Wase and Peter Conway.  For Eaglescliffe Robert McIlroy scored twice plus one from David Lipthorpe.

In Division Two Thornaby Aerodrome Club continued their recent good form and recorded their fifth league win on the trot with a narrow 2-1 win away at bottom club The Alls Bishopsgarth with both goals scored by Shaun Hunnam, Stephen Cross scored for the home side.  Norton Unicorn edged past Billingham FC by the odd goal in seven, two goals from Paul Chamberlain plus goals from Jack Coulson and Jamie Cook, for Billingham Matthew Willshaw scored two and one from Conor Lockington.  Thornaby Sports & Leisure entertained PH F.C Elmtree but went down 4-1 there were two goals for John James and one each for Lewis Lawlor and Michael Bond, Michael Tye scored for Thornaby Sports & Leisure.

In the Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy First Round Thornaby Roundel entertained Jolly Farmers in an all second division clash but went down by the odd goal in five, Jolly Farmers scorers were man of the match John Brown, Jake Walker and Daniel Rutherford, Christopher Moore and Tommy Delmer scored for Roundel.  First Division Layfield Arms entertained Nifco and proved to be too strong for the second division side with man of the match Bradley Murray netting six times in a 12-0 victory, there was two goals from Benjamin Kerry plus one each from Richard Robinson, Ashley Watson, Samuel Wilson and Stephen Brookbanks. The other tie was an all second division affair when The Oxbridge entertained JFC United and held the league leaders to 3-3 in normal time but went down 6-3 in extra time, for Oxbridge Liam Davies scored twice and Shaun Baker scored the other.  For JFC United Vasile Bucuresteanu scored twice with a goal each from Famara Jatta, Florin Craciun, Jonathan Barber and Yusupha Jatta.


Match Report Sunday 8 November

The league programme was once again disrupted by County Cup games and Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy and Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy games.  With Layfield Arms on cup duty Billingham The Merlin extended their lead at the top of division one with a narrow 1-0 home win against Storytellers United thanks to the only goal scored by Mark Dixon. The only other game in this division saw Fairfield Sports & Social Club score a narrow 3-2 win away to Stockton Five Alls whose goals came from Luke Irish and Danny Hughes.  Scorers for Fairfield Sports & Social Club were Matthew Dixon, Chris Johnson and Daniel Horsley.

In Division two with the top teams in cup action and only two league games possible, Billingham FC returned to winning ways with a 4-2 win away to Blytheholme thanks to two goals from Matthew Willshaw and one each from Simon Maycroft and Conor Lockington, Curtis Howden and Chrissy Skipper scored for Blytheholme.  The Oxbridge were 3-1 winners away to Coulby Newham whose goal came from Andrew Geddes.  For Oxbridge the goal scorers were Tom Massingham, Shaun Baker and Liam Davies.

In the North Riding County Cup Second Round there were wins for Thornaby Village and Layfield Arms but a defeat for South Bank.  Thornaby Village enjoyed a romp against Redcar CF running out 12-0 winners with 11 goals coming in the second half with four goals from man of the match Marc Todd, three goals for substitute Jamie Poole, two goals for Harrison Davies and one each from Adam Todd, Glen Walker and Niall White.  Layfield Arms were 6-3 winners against Redcar Rugby Club with goals from Tony Godard, Andrew Dinsdale, Samuel Wilson, Stephen Brookbanks, Richard Robinson and Brandon Boyce.  South Bank went down 4-2 away to Robert Thompson their goals scored by Anthony Barnes and Joshua O’Donovan.  Village Park Rangers also suffered a defeat going down by the odd goal in seven with David Wilkinson scoring all the goals for Village Park Rangers.

In the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy First Round Billingham The White House hosted Billingham Cowpen Club and it was Billingham The White House who appeared to be coasting to victory with less than 20 minutes to go.  The home side made changes and a 4-1 lead became 4-4 and extra time was required.  Billingham Cowpen Club came on strong but two more goals from man of the match James McLeod making it five in the match saw the home side home 6-4. The scorers for Billingham Cowpen Club were Ricki Bloomfield, Steven Dent, Zak Wray and Mark Dawson.  Norton Red Lion entertained St Marys College in an all first division tie and ran out comfortable 7-0 winners with a hat-trick from Ricky Dull plus two goals for Charlie Inman and one each for Matthew Watson and Joshua Hayes.  First Division Eaglescliffe F.C entertained Second Division Jolly Farmers  but suffered a 4-1 defeat, Jolly Farmers goals saw two for Jake Walker and one for Connor Hardman and an own goal, Brett Ramshaw scored for Eaglescliffe.  In an all second division clash JFC United defeated Nifco UK 7-0 thanks to hat-tricks for Jonathan Barber and Vasile Bucuresteanu and one from substitute Kevin Moroni.

In the second round of the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy premiership Hardwick Social Club convincingly beat second division Thornaby Aerodrome Club 10-0 star man for Thornaby Aerodrome Club was keeper Thomas Brown.  Goals came from Jamie Owens and Tom Coulthard both with a hat-trick, two goals from Tony Johnson and one each for Craig Bishop and Steven Roberts.  Norton George & Dragon from the premier division were also convincing against second division Thornaby Roundel and again it was the goalkeeper Scott Easby who took the honours.  There was a hat-trick from Christopher Burton and substitute Christopher Atkinson plus two goals for Joe Carter and one for Carl Kennedy.

In the Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy First Round Norton Unicorn entertained Thornaby Sports & Leisure for a place in round two and it was the visitors who took the honours with a 4-2 win.  Thornaby Sports & Leisure goals from Connor Bousfield, James Walton, Rhys Logan and Dale McElvaney, for Norton Unicorn Michael Dexter scored both goals.


Match Report 25 October 2015

Once again the Premier Division fixtures have been thrown into disarray with the resignation of Norton WMC leaving us with only seven teams in the Premier Division.  The top two in the Premier Division met at Norton when Norton George & Dragon entertained Portrack in a hard physical encounter.  It was Norton who drew first blood when Portrack appealed for offside as Christopher Burton raced through and scored however the lead was short lived as Martin Wilkinson was hand to tap home after keeper saved a shot.  On 35 minutes Nathan Mohun gave Norton George & Dragon the lead once again but again they failed to hold on as two minutes later David Dowd equalised.  In the second half Portrack took the lead after the referee awarded a penalty and Max Craggs made no mistake from the spot.  Five minutes later and Norton were level when a right wing cross from Nathan Mohun was volleyed home by Chris Burton.  However Max Craggs put Portrack ahead on 60 minutes and that was the end of the scoring as Portrack held out to secure the points.  The Royal entertained South Bank but slipped to a narrow 3-2 defeat Marlon Baleci scored both goals for The Royal whilst for South Bank Darren Morrison, Dean Jones and Lee McQuilling were on target. George & Dragon (Yarm) entertained Thornaby Village and it was the visitors who triumphed in a feisty affair, two goals from Glen Walker and one from Harrison Davies plus a last minute penalty from Lee O’Toole sealed the victory.

In Division One Billingham The Merlin made it seven wins out of seven with a narrow 2-1 victory against Village Park Rangers both goals coming from Ryan Chan with David Wilkinson replying for Village Park Rangers.  Layfield Arms continue to lead the table following a 4-0 win away to Stockton Five Alls thanks to two goals from Arron Brookbanks and each from Benjamin Kerry and Sami Fallah.  Norton Red Lion remain third following an 8-1 home win against Eaglescliffe FC with four goals from Matthew Watson and one each for Aidan Cattermole, Christian Selby, Joshua Hayes and Ross Burdon.  Billingham The Kings enjoyed a fine 8-2 win over Fairfield Sports & Social Club with two goals each for Daniel Docherty, Jamie Whittington and Sean Griffiths plus one each for Matthew Ford and Peter Conway and for Fairfield Sports And Social Club Daniel Horsley scored both goals.  St Marys College enjoyed a 4-0 win at home to Billingham Cowpen Club with goals from Charles Smith, Chris Taylor, Kevin Fleming and Liam Jackson.

In Division Two both JFC United and Billingham The White House went into the game protecting 100% records so something had to give and it was the visitors who triumphed by a score of 5-3 thanks to two goals each from James Mcleod and Steven Pickard with Matthew Osmond adding the other.  For JFC United the scorers were Dimitri Aime Kehi, Famara Jatta and Yrus Kehi.  The most improved side Thornaby Aerodrome Club recorded another win with a 3-0 victory against Nifco with two goals from Aaron Leonard and one goal for Luke Conn.  PH Elmtree entertained Thornaby Sports And Leisure but suffered a narrow defeat going down 3-2, Thornaby Sports & Leisure scorers were Jack Walton, James Tattersfield and Rhys Logan and for PH F.C Elmtree the goals were scored by Joe Burns and Lewis Hargreaves.  Jolly Farmers had a convincing 7-0 win against Billingham FC with two goals for Matthew Baike-Ghazvini and one each from Brian Johnson, Charlie Iveson, Connor Hardman, Lee Hogarth and Louie Dunning.  Coulby Newham entertained Blytheholme and they shared 14 goals when they met last weekend but it was the visitors who came out on top 9-5 with a hat-trick from Chrissy Skipper and two goals each for Daniel Mclay and Shaun Clarke plus one goal each from Christopher Robertson and Ryan Johnson.  Goals for Coulby Newham came from Andrew Geddes, David Price, Liam Southall, Luke Smailes and Matthew Nelson.

Match Report Sunday 18 October 2015

Once again the Premier Division fixtures were depleted due to the All England Sunday Cup first round and the Heart Foundation Cup first round.  Hardwick Social Club entertained Northallerton Police at Stockton Town and it was the visitors who started the better and took the lead inside four minutes and dominated the opening exchanges before Hardwick Social Club took a grip when on 19 minutes a through ball from Steve Roberts saw Jamie Owens outstrip the defence and fired low into the bottom corner and ten minutes later Glen Butterworth beat the offside trap and gave Hardwick the lead.  Hardwick Social Club extended their lead on 42 minutes when Jamie Ward fired home from the edge of the box to give them a 3-1 lead at the break.  On the hour mark Jamie Owens put the game beyond their visitors when he fired home from a tight angle.  The last 20 minutes became very sloppy as the game was finished but Northallerton added a second five minutes from time but this was only a consolation as Hardwick ran out 4-2 winners.  In the other tie South Bank suffered a crushing defeat going down 9-3 against Dawdon Colliery Welfare at Seaham, South Bank’s goals from Gerard Livingstone (2) and Benjamin Jackson.

In the Heart Foundation Cup The Royal entertained Ushaw Moor C.C and edged home by the only goal of the game from Mark Ferguson meanwhile George & Dragon (Yarm) enjoyed a 5-0 win away to Coxhoe Red Lion thanks to a hat-trick from Daniel Titchner plus a goal each for Dominic Halliday and Arran Scott.

In the Premier Division only one game was possible when Norton WMC entertained Norton George & Dragon at Tilery and it was the visitors who emerged as emphatic winners with an 8-1 victory.  There were two goals apiece for Christopher Burton and David Johnson plus one each from Jake Marron, Joshua Sutcliffe, Nathan Mohun and Thomas Mullen.  Credit must go to Norton WMC who battled well throughout the game for little or no reward.

In Division One the top two sides met when Layfield Arms entertained Norton Red Lion and the sides shared eight goals and had to settle for a share of the points, star man for Layfield Arms was Bradley Murray who scored all four goals, for Norton the goals came from Christian Selby (2), Josh Dowsland and Ricky Dull.  Billingham The Merlin moved into second spot with a 3-2 win away to Storytellers United with goals from Kevin Millar, Ryan Chan and Thomas Cole.  Village Park Rangers entertained Stockton Five Alls and ran out 8-1 winners with a hat-trick from Gavin Robson, two goals for David Wilkinson and one each for, Robert Edemenson, Sam Foxton and Andy Harris, for Stockton Five Alls Stuart Lane was on target.  Fairfield Sports & Social Club were away to Eaglescliffe FC and came away with a 7-2 victory thanks to goals from Matthew Dixon (2), Billy Thomas, Chris Johnson, Kieran Lamb, Thomas Lee and Tom Beattie. Billingham The Kings had a narrow 1-0 win at home to St Marys College the only goal coming from Daniel Docherty.

In Division Two JFC United continue to lead the table and made it eight wins out of out their latest a 4-1 victory away to Thornaby Sports & Leisure with goals from Famara Jatta scored twice plus goals from Jonathan Barber and Yrus Kehi, James Tattersfield replied for Thornaby Sports & Leisure.   Billingham The Merlin are keeping up the pressure and made five out five with a derby win against Billingham FC by a score of 6-0 with a hat-trick from James McLeod and further goals from James Crossman, Lee Butterworth and Paul Harvey.  Nifco and Coulby Newham shared six goals and the points, for Nifco Will Maychell scored twice and John Williams once whilst for Coulby Newham the scorers were Andrew Geddes, Liam Southall and Matthew Bennison.  PH F.C Elmtree and Blytheholme shared twelve goals and the points, for PH F.C Elmtree Ashley Lavan scored a hat-trick plus goals from Darren Bullock, Jack O’Brien and John James meanwhile both Chrissy Skipper and Daniel McLay both scored a hat-trick.  The Alls Bishopsgarth hosted Norton Unicorn but went down to a 5-2 defeat, two goals from Michael Dexter and two own goals plus one for Jamie Cook sealed the victory for Unicorn, Daniel McWilliam scored both goals for the home side. Thornaby Aerodrome Club continued their recent good form with a 4-2 win away to The Oxbridge, Shaun Hunnam scored a hat-trick plus one goal from Arron Butta set up the win.


Match Report 11 October 2015

In the Premier Division only match was possible due to County Cup games but Hardwick Social Club was looking to avenge an early season defeat to current leaders Norton George & Dragon at Tilery.  Hardwick Social Club started strongly and showed they meant business when they scored in the opening minutes through James Ward.  Further goals followed as Hardwick showed their intent; Jamie Owens scored four plus other goals from Kallum Hannah, Adam Nicholson and Tony Johnson as they ran out 8-2 winners.  Stephen Baker and Thomas Mullen were the scorers for Norton George & Dragon.

In Division One both Norton Red Lion and Layfield Arms recorded their sixth win out of seven to extend their lead at the top following their latest victories.  Norton Red Lion were 5-0 winners at home to Stockton Five Alls with a hat-trick from Matthew Watson, plus one goal from Josh Dowsland plus an own goal.  Meanwhile Layfield Arms were involved in the highest goal tally of the weekend with an 8-4 home win against Eaglescliffe, there was a hat-trick for Arron Brookbanks, two goals for Bradley Murray and one apiece for Andrew Dinsdale, Brandon Boyce and Stephen Brookbanks.  Goal scorers for Eaglescliffe F.C were Jon Pollard with two and Jamie Morrell and Sam Wilson with one goal each.  Billingham Cowpen Club ran riot against Storytellers United scoring ten times without reply with five goals for Kirk Parton, a hat-trick from Mark Dawson and one each from Zak Wray and Bradley Heads.  St Mary's College and Billingham The Kings shared six goals and the points with Charles Smith, Chris Taylor and, James Loughron on target for St Mary's whilst Michael Doyle, Ryan Walker and Sean Griffiths replied for the Kings.

In Division Two Billingham F. C missed the chance to close the gap at the top of the table with JFC United on cup duty but they suffered an 8-3 defeat against a much improved Thornaby Aerodrome Club whose goals came from Arron Leonard and Daniel Pearce who both scored twice plus goals from Michael Vickers, Shaun Hunnam, Jason McNamee and Luke Puggmur, for Billingham Jack Bradburn and Stephen Brown scored.  The Alls Bishopsgarth recorded their first points and win of the season with a 3-1 win away to Nifco with goals from Jonathan McDonald, Joshua Gray and Liam Clapp, Robbie Thwaites got the Nifco goal.  The Blytheholme were 3-1 winners thanks to two goals from Shaun Clarke and one from Thomas Wright against Thornaby Sports & Leisure whose goal came from Michael Tye.  Coulby Newham and Norton Unicorn shared eight goals and the points, Coulby Newham scorers were Andrew Geddes with two plus one each from Aaron Eyre and Ashley Trodden, for Norton Unicorn the goals were scored by Daniel Thomas, Gary Lee Smith, Jamie Cook and Michael Mann.  PH F.C Elmtree entertained Thornaby Roundel and ran out 3-1 winners with goals from Ashley Lavan with two and one from Darren Bullock, Matthew McGee scored for Roundel.  Jolly Farmers entertained The Oxbridge and ran out 7-3 winners thanks to a hat-trick from Andrew McNally, two goals for Lee Hoggarth and one each for Charlie Iveson and Connor Hardman.  For The Oxbridge Kevin Smith, Liam Davies and Shaun Baker were the goal scorers.
In the third preliminary round of the Durham Sunday Cup there were wins for Billingham The White House and George & Dragon (Yarm) but The Royal lost out going down on penalties to South Shields Vets United after a 4-4 draw following extra time then losing the shoot-out 5-4, scorers in the game were Daniel James Ballantyne, John Shepherd, Mark Ferguson and Paul Cleary.  George & Dragon (Yarm) had a narrow 3-2 win away to Langley Park with two goals from Daniel Titchner and one for Nathan Aldridge.  Billingham The White House progressed with a hard fought victory against a very tenacious and drilled Burnopefield Hobson Golf, Two goals in the 20th and 33rdminute from James Crossman and Stephen Pickard gave them a cushion but the opposition pressed and pushed them back but they defended well and held out until half time.  The game was still very much in the balance and the visitors eventually scored with an excellent free kick with 25 minutes left.  They dominated the game for the next ten minutes looking for the equaliser but with five minutes remaining Billingham The White House sealed victory when James McLeod scored the crucial goal to seal a hard fought victory.  Billingham The Merlin went down 4-2 away at Middlestone Moor Masons Arms there goals scored by Michael Rainsley and Ryan Chan.

In the North Riding Sunday County Cup round one the league had three representatives with two of the three scoring emphatic victories, Thornaby Village were the biggest winners with a 10-2 home win against York Wanderers there was two goals apiece for Glen Walker and Glenn Corkain plus one each from Harrison Davies, Ian Fairlamb, Jamie Clarke, Marc Todd, Niall James White and Stephen Preston.  South Bank also had home advantage and defeated the Clarendon Hotel (Marske) 7-3 with two goals each from Anthony Barnes and Carl Chillingsworth plus one each from Jason Kidner, Paul Roddam and Steven Aithwaite.  Second division JFC United went down 5-2 to the Sportsman their goals coming from Vasile Bucuresteanu and Yrus Kehi.


Match Report 4 October 2015

Last weekend saw a mixture of League and cup games as well as North Riding County Football Association Sunday Challenge Cup first round matches.  In the Challenge Cup the league was represented by seven teams but of these two fixtures were league affairs when Eaglescliffe F.C division one entertained Thornaby Sports & Leisure from division two but it was the visitors who recorded an astonishing 9-1 victory with two goals each for Jack Walton, Michael Tye, Scott Turnbull and one goal apiece for Dale McElvaney, Matthew May and Ben Simons, Stuart Woodall scored the consolation goal for Eaglescliffe F.C.  The other all league clash was between division one sides St Marys College and Layfield Arms and it was the visitors who emerged winners by the odd goal in nine.  Two goals from Benjamin Kerry and one each from Jamie Taylor, Shaun Lightfoot and Bradley Murray secured the victory.  For the home side Chris Taylor scored twice plus one each from Josh O’Donoghue and Chris Lynch.  Elsewhere the leagues other representatives all won through JFC United defeated Cleveland Hotel 6-2 with goals from Dimitri Aime Kehi with a hat-trick and one goal each for Famara Jatta, Florin Craciun and Mohammed Sallieu Bah.  Thornaby Roundel enjoyed a 4-2 win away to Lakes United with star man Tommy Delmer netting a hat-trick and Jordan Boyes netted the other whilst Thornaby Village were 2-1 winners away to Riverside F.C with goals from Glenn Corkain and Adam Holland.

Only one game was possible in Division One where Billingham The Kings entertained Stockton Five Alls and both sides had to settle for a share of the points in 1-1 draw, Danny Docherty scoring for Billingham The Kings and Danny Hughes netted for Stockton Five Alls.

In the Premier Division Portrack returned to winning ways with a convincing 6-1 win against George & Dragon (Yarm), it was not all plain sailing as Daniel Titchner gave the George an early lead but four goals from man of the match Max Craggs turned the tables in Portrack’s favour, the other two goals scored by Ian Thompson.  South Bank were away to Norton WMC and ended with a comprehensive 10-1 win with a hat-trick for Anthony Barnes, two goals each from Darren Morrison and Josh Keogh plus a goal each from Jamie Bellamy, Michael Duff and Sean Harland, Wayne Simpson scored for Norton.

In Division Two Jolly Farmers had a 5-2 win against Norton Unicorn with goals from Connor Hardman, Jake Walker, Lee Hoggarth and two from Matthew Baike-Ghazvini, Jamie Cook and Michael Alderson scored for Norton Unicorn.  Billingham FC were 5-1 winners away to Nifco with two goals for Stephen Brown and one each for Andrew Brown, Gareth Brown and Jack Bradburn, Ricky Sharp scoring for Nifco.  PH FC Elmtree entertained The Oxbridge and ran out 5-3 with two goals each from Ashley Lavan, John James and one for Joseph Carter.

In the Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy First Round Billingham Cowpen Club entertained Billingham The Merlin in a local derby and it was the visitors who sneaked home by the only goal scored by Ashley Bonar.  Billingham The White House entertained Storytellers United but proved to be too strong for their opponents and ran 6-0 winners with two goals apiece for James McLeod and Steven Pickard plus a goal each from Lee Butterworth and Lee Johnson.  Fairfield Sports & Social Club entertained Thornaby Aerodrome Club and shared nine goals finally winning by the odd goal in extra time. Daniel Horsley scored a hat-trick for Fairfield Sports & Social Club plus a goal each for Kieran Lamb and Matthew Dixon, for Thornaby Aerodrome Club Aaron Leonard score twice plus one each from John Webb and Terry Jones.  Norton Red Lion entertained Coulby Newham but proved to be too strong for their lower division opponents and ran out 7-2 winners with four goals from Ricky Dull plus a goal each for Charlie Inman, Matthew Watson and Ryan Watson for Coulby Newham Andrew Geddes scored both the goals.  The final fixture saw Village Park Rangers entertain The Alls Bishopsgarth and ran out 2-0 winners with goals from Andy Harris and David Wilkinson.