Match Report 19 March 2017

Only two fixtures were possible last weekend due to teams wanting a vacant date due to the Middlesbrough and Manchester United game kicking off at lunchtime, which was one game in the Premier Division and one in Division One.

In the Premier Division Hardwick Social Club entertained Norton George & Dragon at Tilery and the game was played in blustery conditions on a bobbly pitch that really needed cutting.  The game started in a lively manner and Hardwick quickly took the lead when Tony Johnson was brought down just inside the box and Sonni Coleman drove the resulting spot kick home.  They extended the lead on 11 minutes with a strike by James Ward from 25 yards which flew passed Jason Hamilton in the visitor’s goal.  On 17 minutes Sonni Coleman hit the post with a strike from 20 yards and then minutes later Norton George & Dragon had a free kick just outside the box and Jake Petitjean saw his effort tipped over the bar by David Ryder in the Hardwick goal.  Then it was Jason Hamilton’s turn to deny Callum Westwood when he saved well following a defensive mistake and the scoreline remained 2-0 until half time.  In the second half Norton George & Dragon pulled a goal back on 54 minutes when Liam Blyth caught the Hardwick defence square and broke through and drilled home.  However the joy was short lived as two minutes later Hardwick added a third through a Jamie Owens flicked header from a Joe Carter cross.  On 65 minutes Liam Blyth added his second to make it 3-2 and put Norton right back in the game.  On 73 minutes a left wing Tony Johnson corner was cleared but only as far as Joe Carter who rifled the ball home from 25 yards to make it 4-2.  On 80 minutes Joe Carter went on a driving run only to see his shot hit the bar from 20 yards.  A minute later the ball was looped into the Norton box and Jamie Owens deft flick found the bottom corner for 5-2.  On 88 minutes Liam Blyth had a great chance to complete his hat-trick but saw his effort well saved by David Ryder in the home goal and Jamie Owens also had a chance for a hat-trick as with the last kick of the game he saw his effort go just over the bar.

In Division One Stockton Five Alls entertained Billingham The Kings and it was the visitors who came out on top winning by the odd goal in three.  Matthew Ford and Peter Conway scored for Billingham The Kings and Jamie Roberts was on target for Stockton Five Alls.



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Match Report 12 March 2017

Hardwick Social Club travelled to Guiseley AFC’s Nethermoor Park for the semi-final of the All England Sunday Cup against Home & Bargains from the Liverpool Business Houses Sunday League.  The first opportunity fell to Hardwick Social Club when Jamie Owens hit the bar after nine minutes.  The game was a tight affair with both sides striving to produce an opening and Home & Bargains took the lead on 40 minutes when Hardwick lost the ball just inside their own half and their forward wriggled through the defence and fired home.  In the second half Hardwick Social Club probed for the equaliser and went close on 55 minutes when Jamie Poole hit the post and on 63 minutes a Home & Bargains player was dismissed for a high boot on Chris Stockton.  Chris Stockton received lengthy treatment on the pitch and thanks go to Home & Bargains physio who stepped in and treated Stockton.  However he had to leave the field and was replaced by Kallum Hannah.  On 73 minutes Hardwick made a double change with Steven Roberts and Sonni Coleman coming on for Craig Bishop and Joe Carter as they pushed forward looking for the elusive equaliser.  It came on 81 minutes when Jamie Owens controlled the ball and fired home and four minutes later the same player was in the right place to head home a Jamie Poole cross to give Hardwick the lead and send their supporters into raptures.  Hardwick sealed the tie on 89 minutes when a cross field pass found Kallum Hannah in acres of space on the left and he raced forward and drilled the ball home for 3-1 and a complete turnaround.  Overall Hardwick Social Club deserved the victory and were wished well by their opponents at the end of the game.

Hardwick Social Club will now face New Salamis in the final; they are from London’s Kopa Sunday League and will be aiming to defend their title on 23 April 2017 at a venue to be decided.

In the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy quarter final premiership Norton Red Lion entertained first division champions JFC United and it was the visitors who triumphed in a high scoring game eventually winning 7-5.  There were two goals each for Junior Masandi, Vasile Bucuresteanu and Famara Jatta and a goal from Yrus Kehi.  For Norton Red Lion Matthew Watson scored twice plus a goal each for Ryan Watson, Jamie Barton and Bradley Murray.  In an all second division quarter final RSD were at home to second division leaders South Bank but it was the visitors who came out on top winning 5-1 with two goals each for Anthony Barnes and Graeme Watson plus one from Isam Benomran whilst Liam Davis replied for RSD.  South Bank are now at home to Thornaby Oddfellows in the semi-final.

In the Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy second round Jolly Farmers and Thornaby Aerodrome Club met again as in the first game that they drew extra time was not played, this time Jolly Farmers came out on top 2-1 with goals from Charlie Iveson and Matthew Robson and for Thornaby Aerodrome Club Luke Conn was the scorer.  Jolly Farmers will play second division RSD in the quarter finals.  In a quarter final tie second division Marton Rovers hosted first division Thornaby Roundel and it was the visitors who progressed to the semi-finals with a 7-4 victory.  There was a hat-trick for Dhanish Hussain and two goals for Daniel Longley plus a goal apiece from Joe Canwell and Liam Tarling and for Marton Rovers Andrew Townsend scored twice plus a goal each from Kevin Young and Lee Wright.  Thornaby Roundel will now play Nifco UK in the semi-final.

In the Premier Division Thornaby Village entertained Billingham The White House and the game ended all square at 2-2 with Thornaby Village scoring a dramatic last minute equaliser, Thornaby Village goals from Karl Charlton and Mark Ferguson and for Billingham The White House Bryan Stewart and Mark Lilley were the scorers.  Norton George & Dragon entertained Thornaby Oddfellows and it was the visitors who came out on top winning 5-3 thanks to a hat-trick from Glenn Corkain and a goal each for Andrew Dinsdale and Arron Brookbanks and for Norton George & Dragon the scorers were Christopher Burton, Joel Callender and Liam Blyth.

In Division One Fairfield Sports & Social Club were at home to Stockton Five Alls and ran out 3-1 winners with goals from Carl Dinsdale, Christopher Lambert and Matthew Snowdon and Jamie Roberts replied for Stockton Five Alls.  The only other game saw Doctor McGonicles defeat St Marys College 5-1 with a hat-trick for Daniel McLay and two goals for Chrissy Skipper.

In Division Two Nifco UK switched the game against Thornaby Sports & Leisure to Harold Wilson as there pitch was unplayable at Conyers School and it was Thornaby Sports & Leisure who came out on top 4-0 with two goals from Rhys Logan and one goal each from Jamie Butler and Anthony Wood.



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Match Report 5 March 2017

Hardwick Social Club entertained Hartlepool Lion Hillcarter in front of a large Sunday morning crowd in the semi-final of the Durham County Sunday Cup.  Hardwick Social Club almost took the lead in the first minute as Sonni Coleman was released down the left and he cut in but saw hi shot saved by the keeper and scrambled away for a corner.  The Lion opened the scoring on 26 minutes with a breakaway as the Hardwick defence appealed for offside and the forward drilled the ball home.  Hardwick took the game to the Lion who looked to counter attack but their defence remained solid.  On 40 minutes Nathan Mulligan hit the bar with a 25 yard free kick and two minutes later Jamie Owens hit the post with a header from a corner and the Lion held out to half time with their 1-0 lead.  However Hardwick were quick out of the blocks in the second half as within two minutes they level when Jamie Owens broke down the left wing and cross into the box where Nathan Mulligan headed home.  The game changed when a Lion player was dismissed for a bad tackle on Jamie Owens after only four minutes.  Hardwick pressed forward as the Lion defended to keep them out but on 73 minutes Adam Nicholson broke out of defence and let fly from 25 yards to score what was the winning goal.  In the 85th minute Chris Stockton hit the bar following a Jamie Owens cross and in added time Hardwick Social Club were reduced to ten men when Steven Roberts was dismissed for two yellow cards.  The Lion pressed hard in the last couple of minutes to snatch an equaliser but Hardwick held out and book a place in the final for the fourth consecutive year.

In the North Riding Sunday Challenge cup semi-final the league had three teams looking for a place in the final, Thornaby Aerodrome Club entertained JFC United but switched the game to their opponents ground as there ground was unfit.  The teams played a goalless draw over the 90 minutes so it went to penalties and it was Thornaby Aerodrome Club who triumphed 4-3 to book a place in the final.  The other semi-final saw Thornaby Roundel away to Trafalgar from Scarborough but suffered a heavy defeat going down 7-0.

In the John Jackson Memorial Trophy Semi-Final Norton George & Dragon entertained Billingham The White House and the game was a tight affair as both teams slugged it out cancelling each other out as they fought for the important first goal.  Five minutes from time Philip Horsman headed the George in front.  Billingham The White House were battling Norton George & Dragon and the clock and got their reward on 95thminute with almost the last kick when Chris Atkinson forced a deserved equaliser.  In extra time Whitehouse took the lead on 100 minutes through substitute Matty Osmond who headed home only for the George to equalise through Jake Petitjean with time running out to take the game to penalties.  The George missed their first one when Chris Davidson saving to his right.  The next five penalties were scored with Whitehouse 3-2 ahead, then the George scored to level up but the Whitehouse missed the next penalty.  Then the George hit the bar with next penalty and Billingham The White House scored the next penalty to take the game 4-3.

In the Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy third round tie second division Nifco UK switched their tie to first division Stockton Five Alls after their ground was declared unfit.  This turned out to be a feisty game with both teams having a player sent off and extra time required.  The match ended all square after 120 minutes 3-3, John Williams scored twice and Daniel Finn once for Nifco and for Stockton Five Alls goals coming from Chris Wright, Jamie Roberts and Glen Westoby.  Nifco won the penalty shoot-out 4-3 to progress to the semi-final.

In the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy third round first division Billingham The Kings were at home to Premier division Thornaby Oddfellows but there was to be no upset here as Thornaby Oddfellows ran out 6-0 winners and book a semi-final spot.  The goals came from Benjamin Kerry who scored twice plus a goal each from Adam Todd, Newton Boyce, Arron Brookbanks and Andrew Dinsdale.

Only one league game took place in Division One when Fairfield Sports & Social Club entertained Doctor McGonicles but it was the visitors who came out on top 2-0 thanks to goals from Daniel McLay and Chrissy Skipper.

In Division Two three league games were possible leaders South Bank were at home to Marton Rovers and ran out 9-1 winners with hat-tricks from Anthony Barnes and Graeme Watson plus two goals from Shafiq Asif and one from Andrew Truscott, Andrew Townsend scored a consolation for Marton Rovers.  Second placed PH FC Elmtree kept up the pressure on South Bank with a 5-0 win against Riverside, the game being switched to Tilery.  Two goals from top scorer John James plus a goal each from Martyn Coles, Rhys Greenwood and Dan McKenna set up the latest win.  Norton Unicorn were at home to RSD and ran out 6-2 winners thanks to a hat-trick from Adam Walton, two goals for Lewis Powell and one from Chris Bousefield, for RSD Reyadh Abbas scored both the goals.


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Match Report 26 February 2017

In the Premier Division Norton George & Dragon entertained Billingham The White House and saw the game swing back and forth, Billingham The White House took the lead when a corner was deflected into the Norton net by a defender however Norton went straight up the other and forced a corner which saw Chris Burton fire home, all square at half time.  The second half had barely started when Joel Callender gave Norton George & Dragon the lead.  Billingham The White House regrouped and three goals in two minutes from Christopher Atkinson, Bryan Stewart and Josh Chambers turned the tie on its head.  Billingham The White House then relaxed and Callender added his second but in the final minute Atkinson broke away and slammed home number five.  Billingham Cowpen Club entertained Hardwick Social Club but suffered a 7-2 defeat, there was a hat-trick for Jamie Owens, two goals for Christopher Stockton and a goal each from Charlie Raby and Sam Ions, for Billingham Cowpen Club Martin Fields and Steven Dent were the scorers.  The only other fixture in the Premier Division saw Thornaby Oddfellows entertain Billingham The Merlin and it was the visitors who came out on top 4-2 thanks to two goals from Mikey McGee and one each from Elliot Pledger and Bradley Thackeray, for Oddfellows Arron Brookbanks and Josh Larkin were the scorers.

JFC United clinched the Division One title following a 4-2 win against Thornaby Roundel and Village Park Rangers falling down 2-1 to Jolly Farmers.  JFC United made this a second promotion in a row following a this latest win thanks to two goals from Famarra Jatta and a goal apiece for Jonathan Francis and Florin Craciun and for Roundel Mark Campbell and Joe Canwell were the scorers.  Meanwhile Village Park Rangers slipped to defeat at home to Jolly Farmers which means they should finish as runners-up, there goal coming from Sam Foxton whereas Liam Butler and Matthew Robson scored to secure the win for Jolly Farmers.  Fairfield Sports & Social Club entertained Billingham The Kings but suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat with Peter Conway scoring both of the goals for Billingham The Kings whilst Lee Jordan replied for Fairfield Sports & Social Club.

In Division Two only two games were possible leaders South Bank were away to Marton Rovers in a high scoring game that saw South Bank come out on top 6-4 thanks to four goals from Anthony Barnes and one each for Isam Benomran and Shafiq Asif, for Marton Rovers the goals came from Adam Finnigan, Andrew Townsend, Hayden Moody and Kevin Young.  The other game saw Norton Unicorn’s winning run come to an end as the went down 3-2 in an ugly game against Thornaby Sports & Leisure that saw a Thornaby Sports & Leisure player Daniel Pogue suffer a broken leg we wish Daniel well.  Michael Tye was the match winner for Thornaby Sports & Leisure with a hat-trick whilst Jordan Thirsk and Robert Walton scored for Norton Unicorn.


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Match Report 19 February 2017

In Division one the title race took another turn last weekend with JFC United recording a win and Village Park Rangers falling to a defeat leaving JFC United with a three point lead with both sides having two games left to play.  JFC United defeated Stockton Five Alls at home 4-0 thanks to two goals from Junior Masandi and a goal each for Dimitri Kehi and Zakarya Alashwal whilst Village Park Rangers slipped to a 3-1 defeat away to St Marys College.  Goals for St Marys came from Jack Sedgwick, Josh Bywater and Matthew Forster with David Wilkinson replying for Village Park Rangers.  Fairfield Sports & Social Club enjoyed a narrow 3-2 win away to Thornaby Aerodrome Club with goals from Matthew Snowdon, Michael Ball and Tom Beattie whilst Daniel Pearce and Ryan Hunnam scored for Thornaby Aerodrome Club.  Doctor McGonicles (was The Garrick) entertained Storytellers United and ran out 4-2 winners with a hat-trick for Chrissy Skipper and one goal from David Higgins, Stewart Coats scored both goals for Storytellers United.  Billingham The Kings went down 4-2 away to Thornaby Roundel both goals from Jonathon Cason.

The title race in division two is a two horse race with South Bank currently leading PH FC Elmtree by one point with three games to play including having to play each other.  South Bank enjoyed a 4-0 win away to Nifco with two goals from Graeme Watson and a goal each for Anthony Barnes and Isam Benomran.  PH FC Elmtree entertained RSD at Tilery and the visitors shook their opponents by taking the lead through Liam Davis but this was only a minor setback as PH FC Elmtree scored five without reply.  John James led the way with a well taken hat-trick and a goal each for Ian Durant and Ian Evans.  The George Pub & Grill got back to winning ways with a narrow 4-3 away to Marton Rovers thanks to two goals for Chris Dunwell and one each for Graeme Baverstock and Anthony Hollinshead.  For Marton Rovers the goal scorers were Andrew Townsend, Hayden Moody and Kevin Young.  Norton Unicorn’s good form continued with a hard fought 2-0 win against Riverside thanks to goals from Adam Walton and Paul Chamberlain.  Thornaby Sports & Leisure had a 5-3 win at home to Eaglescliffe thanks to two goals for Rhys Logan and one each from Andrew Milbourne and Michael Tye plus an own goal whilst for Eaglescliffe Danny Hall scored two and one for Callum Barraclough.

In the Premier Division Norton Red Lion entertained Thornaby Village and met a team who found their early season form and inflicted a 6-0 defeat on Norton Red Lion.  There were four goals for Karl Charlton and two from Harrison Davies to set up the win.  Hardwick Social Club entertained Thornaby Oddfellows and ran out 4-2 winners with goals from Tom Coulthard, Danny Lawson, Charlie Raby and Jamie Owens, for Oddfellows Josh Larkin and Richard Robinson were the scorers.



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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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