Match Report Sunday 8 May 2016
After securing the division two title Billingham The White House met division one side Billingham The Kings in the final of the Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy final at Billingham Town and quickly took the lead in the opening ten minutes. They squandered a number of chances before adding a second but were stunned when Peter Harbron scored on the stroke of half time. The second half saw White House dominate the game and score another three goals to set up the victory but credit the Kings who battled all the way through. Steven Pickard scored a hat-trick plus a goal each for James McLeod and Matthew Osman.
In Division One Billingham The Merlin secured runners-up spot with an emphatic 12-0 home win against a depleted Fairfield Sports & Social who only had nine players. Fairfield restricted Merlin to 2-0 at half time but the second half was mainly all one way as Merlin missed nearly as many as they scored. Nathan Bayes netted a hat-trick plus two goals each for Joshua Chambers and Ryan Chan plus a goal apiece from Thomas Cole, Kevin Millar, Adam Cotterill, Charlie Gaffney and Marcus Liddle.
In Division Two Thornaby Aerodrome Club secured third spot with a game to spare after they defeated Thornaby Roundel 4-1 with goals from Aaron Leonard, Daniel Pearce, Dominic Halliday, Luke Conn. Elsewhere PH Elmtree defeated Nifco 9-3 thanks to four goals from John James, two goals for Will Noble and one apiece for Ian Durant, Lewis Hargreaves and Martyn Coles. In the league Billingham The White House were 6-0 winners away to Blytheholme with two goals each from James McLeod and Liam Preston plus one each from Stewart Bath and Kevin Osmond. The other fixture in division two saw Coulby Newham and The Alls Bishopsgarth share the point in a goal-less draw.
There was only one fixture in the premier division as Hardwick Social and Portrack completed their season and it was Portrack who came out on top as the teams shared 12 goals, Portrack edging it 7-5 thanks to a hat-trick from Joshua Haley plus goals from Ian Thompson, Jamie Dawson, Kieran Basnett and Paul Brown. For Hardwick Michael Arthur scored a hat-trick plus further goals from Darren White and Tony Johnson.
Match Report 1 May 2016
In Division One Norton Red Lion claimed the title following two victories in four days, first they had a convincing 7-0 midweek win against close rivals Layfield Arms, Ricky Dull led the way with a hat-trick plus goals from Chris Gladwin, Ross Burdon, Christian Selby and Daniel Lambert. They followed this up with a 4-0 win against Storytellers United thanks to two goals from man of the match Charlie Inman and one each from Ryan Watson and Graeme Baverstock. Layfield Arms completed their season with a 3-1 win away to Billingham The Kings with goals from Benjamin Kerry, Bradley Murray and Richard Robinson, Michael Doyle replied for Billingham The Kings.
In Division Two Billingham The White House sealed the title with a 6-0 win against The Alls Bishopsgarth with two goals each from James McLeod and Matthew Osmond plus one each for Lee Butterworth and Richard Harrison. JFC United are confirmed as runners up following their 6-2 win away to Nifco thanks to two goals from Kamal Abu Baker and one each for Famara Jatta, Florin Cracuin and substitutes Ahmed Elkamel and Dimitri Aime Kehi, Ben Hollings and Will Maychell replied for Nifco. PH FC Elmtree entertained Billingham FC but slipped to a 4-3 defeat, Billingham’s goals saw two for Stephen Brown plus one each for Dannie MacDonald and Leigh Hopper, John James scored two and Will Noble on for PH FC Elmtree.
In the John Jackson Memorial Trophy semi-finals Thornaby Village came out on top against The Royal 5-4 after extra time, the score at the end of normal time was 4-4. This was a close game in the end the Village started well and went 3-1 ahead through Glenn Corkain, Gareth Waite and Harrison Davies but after a penalty not given on Adam Todd The Royal took advantage and went down the other end to score, this lifted The Royal and they added another two goals to take the lead 4-3, goals from Andrew Blackburn, Mark Ferguson, Gareth Poole and Marlon Balechi but with five minutes to go the Village grabbed a late equalised through Gareth Waite to take the tie into extra time. A goal from Corkain in extra time won the tie for the Village and a place in the final against Norton George & Dragon who came from 2-0 down to defeat Portrack 3-2 goals from Andrew Bennett, Christopher Atkinson and Joel Callender set up the win. Martin Woodhouse and Nathan Pitt gave Portrack the two goal lead.
Match Report Sunday 24 April 2016
In the North Riding Sunday Challenge Cup played Thursday 21 April at Stokesley, Layfield Arms of Division One emerged with a narrow victory against Park End by three goals to two, Newton Boyce scored twice plus one goal from Bradley Murray.
In the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy Semi Final second division leaders Billingham The White House entertained premiership Norton George & Dragon and in a tight affair ran out 2-1 winners. Billingham The White House battled for 90 minutes of end to end soccer to clinch a place in the final. James McLeod scored his usual goal, a fine opportunist strike only for the George to grab a fine equaliser. Both teams battled and play went from end to end and on the hour the deadlock was broken when Craig Ferguson scored a superb goal which edged the game. The George launched an all-out attack to try and grab an equaliser and Billingham The White House tried to play on the break, Billingham The White House defended well with keeper Shannon Harker and David Able who were like rocks in defence and held firm. Billingham The White House will now meet Hardwick Social in the final after they defeated Thornaby Village 6-4.
In the Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy semi final Billingham The Kings edged a tense affair against Thornaby Village with the only goal of the game coming from Leighton Harbron, they now meet Billingham The White House at Billingham Town on the Thursday 5 May kick off 7pm.
Match Reports 17 & 19 April
The weather was the biggest winner last weekend as only three fixtures were possible one was at Tilery where Hardwick Social Club entertained The Royal and ran out 6-2 winners this followed a midweek 13-2 victory against South Bank meaning Hardwick jumped to the top of the table for the first time following the draw between Thornaby Village and Norton George & Dragon. Hardwick have secured the title once again and still have two league games to play. Hardwick Social Clubs goals against The Royal were two for Tony Johnson and Tom Coulthard plus one each for Lee Thomas and Sonni Coleman, Gareth Poole and Daniel Lincoln scored for The Royal.
Thornaby Village and Norton George & Dragon met in their league game of the season knowing a win for either side would secure the premiership runners-up spot and Thornaby knew a draw was all they needed due to a superior goal difference. The first half was a tight affair but Norton wasted a number of good chances to take the lead and it remained goalless at the break. The breakthrough came three minutes into the second half when Chris Burton scored and then Burton had a great chance to extend the lead but saw his shot come back off the crossbar. Thornaby then had a player dismissed and this led to a ten minute hold up while the matter was sorted. Norton extended their lead on 75 minutes when Christopher Atkinson tapped home from close range following a good run and cross from Joe Carter. On 85 minutes Thornaby pulled a goal back when Ian Fairlamb headed home from a corner. Two minutes later and Joe Carter extended Norton’s lead and looked to have wrapped up the points. However Thornaby pushed forward and Glenn Corkain headed home an Ian Fairlamb cross for 3-2. Then deep into added on time Thornaby were awarded a penalty which Glenn Corkain converted to complete a remarkable comeback for the ten men.
The only other fixture was in Division Two where leaders Billingham The White House visited Nifco and returned with a convincing 9-0 victory with four goals from James McLeod a hat-trick from Vasile Bucuresteanu plus one each from Steven Pickard and Lee Clough.
On Tuesday night Billingham The White House entertained the Blytheholme and ran out 7-2 winners with two goals from Vasile Bucuresteanu and one each for Lewis Gate, Steven Pickard, James McLeod, Paul Wilson and an own goal, for Blytheholme Chrissy Skipper and Curtis Howden were the scorers. Thornaby Roundel entertained JFC United but suffered a 4-2 defeat, JFC United scorers were Yrus Kehi, Famara Jatta, Jonathan Barber and Idrissa Ndiaye. For Thornaby Roundel the goals were scored by Kieran Campbell and Dhanish Hussain.
Match Reports Sunday 10th & Tuesday 12th April
In the Premier Division Hardwick Social Club had a narrow 2-0 win against George & Dragon (Yarm) after switching their fixture from Conyers to Tilery, the goals came from Jamie Westwood and Tom Atkinson. This latest win leaves Hardwick Social Club five points off the leaders but with three games in hand. Thornaby Village and Norton George & Dragon are tied at the top only goal difference separating the two and it looks like winner takes all when the meet in the final league game on Sunday following their latest wins. Thornaby Village lead following their seven goal demolition of South Bank which saw Glenn Corkain score five plus two goals from Harrison Davies. Norton George & Dragon were 3-1 winners away to Portrack to dent their hopes of finishing at least second again. Norton George & Dragon’s goals came from two for Christopher Atkinson and one from James Dowson whilst Liam Conner scored for Portrack.
In Division One none of the top sides were in action and only two games were possible Eaglescliffe entertained Village Park Rangers but the game was switched to Tilery as Littleboy Park was still unplayable but it was the visitors who triumphed coming out on top 3-1 thanks to two goals from Anthony Shaw and one for Sam Foxton, Luke Adams replied for Eaglescliffe. Meanwhile Billingham Cowpen Club entertained Storytellers United and ran out 4-1 winners thanks to four goals from Billy Crookston, Jonathan McLone replied for Storytellers.
In Division two JFC United slipped to a second defeat in a week this time losing by the odd goal in seven to Jolly Farmers whose goals came from Liam Butler, Matthew Stott, Matthew Baike-Ghazvini and Charlie Iveson, for JFC Famara Jatta, Jonathan Barber and Florin Craciun were the scorers. The biggest winners of the day were PH Elmtree who scored 12 goals without reply against The Oxbridge with John James leading the way with five goals followed by Ian Evans with a hat-trick plus further goals from Dan McKenna, Lewis Lawlor, Ian Durant and Michael Bond. Billingham FC entertained Nifco UK but lost out by the odd goal in five, Lee O’Connell scored twice for Nifco plus an own goal and for Billingham Matthew Willshaw scored both goals. The Alls Bishopgarth were at home to Thornaby Sports & Leisure but suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat there goal scored by Tom Hammond and the scorers for Thornaby were Jack Walton and Joe Cox. Coulby Newham entertained Thornaby Roundel but it was the visitors who ran out 5-2 winners, both of Coulby’s goals were own goals and for Roundel Dhanish Hussain and Jordan Boyes both scored twice plus one goal from Mark Campbell.
In the Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy Semi-final Billingham The White House entertained Billingham The Merlin at High Grange in a local derby and it was Billingham The White House who opened the scoring after 20 minutes from the penalty spot through James McLeod, they added a second from Lee Johnson to take into the half time break. The Merlin came out more determined in the second half and pulled a goal back through Christopher Fleming and pushed hard for the equaliser but Billingham The White House held out to reach the final. Billingham The White House missed chances and were unable to stop Merlin’s resolve. The final whistle ending a superb game, the referee and assistants were excellent, a credit to the league.
On Tuesday night two games were played in Division Two in terrible wet conditions Billingham The White House were at home to Thornaby Roundel and ran out 5-0 winners with goals from Nathan Bonar, Steven Pickard and substitutes James McLeod with two and one from Lee Johnson. Thornaby Aerodrome entertained Blytheholme at Tilery but slipped to a 3-1 defeat there only goal scored by Shaun Hunnam for Blytheholme Thomas Wright, Chrissy Skipper and Daniel McLay were the scorers.
Match Report Sunday 27 March 2016
In Division two Billingham The White House maintained their 100% league record with a convincing 7-0 win against PH FC Elmtree. On a terrible surface Billingham The White House cruised to victory missing a bagful of chances along the way to further increase the goal tally. For 30 minutes PH FC Elmtree battled hard and held firm as the Billingham The White House powered forward and James McLeod scoring with an unstoppable goal, they increased the lead further and it was 3-0 at half time. Four goals in the second half wrapped up the win with McLeod scoring four with further goals from Ben Clarke, James Crossman and Liam Preston. Elsewhere Billingham FC entertained Blytheholme and all looked lost at half time as they trailed 5-0 to goals from Chrissy Skipper with a brace and one each for Curtis Howden, Daniel McLay and an own goal, however they turned the tables on Blytheholme scoring five times to earn a share of the points thanks to four goals from Matthew Willshaw and one from Sean Cuerdon. Thornaby Aerodrome Club entertained Thornaby Sports & Leisure but the game was switched due to Thornaby Aerodrome Clubs pitch unplayable and this suited Thornaby Sports & Leisure as they ran out 3-0 winners with two goals from Michael Tye and one for Jack Walton. Meanwhile a hat-trick from Christopher Moore helped Thornaby Roundel to a 4-1 win away to The Oxbridge with the other goal from Mark Campbell.
In Division One Stockton Five Alls and Village Park Rangers shared seven goals and it was Village Park Rangers who edged the tie by the odd goal. Village Park Rangers scorers were Callum McNally and Simon Frank plus two goals from substitute Anthony Shaw, for Stockton Five Alls Jamie Roberts, Stuart Lane and Sean Mawson scored the goals. Billingham The Merlin moved back to the top of the table with a 2-0 win against Billingham Cowpen Club with goals from Joshua Chambers and Ryan Chan and a one point advantage over Norton Red Lion and the top two will clash this next weekend. St Marys College had a narrow 2-1 win away to Storytellers United with goals from Brett Lancaster and Francis Hynes, Matthew Buckley replied for Storytellers United.
In the Premier Division Thornaby Village slipped to a surprise defeat going down 2-1 against The Royal for whom Paul Cleary scored both goals, Glenn Corkain replied for the Village. Elsewhere George & Dragon (Yarm) switched their game to Tilery against Portrack and a draw on the cards until Portrack sneaked a win with a late winner. George & Dragon (Yarm) goals came from Ashley Lavan and for Portrack the scorers were Ian Thompson, Christopher Connor and Robbie Stockburn.
In the Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy third round tie Billingham The Kings just edged out Layfield Arms by the odd goal in three, David McGreal and Peter Conway scored for the Kings and Benjamin Kerry scored for Layfield Arms. Billingham The Kings will now meet Village Park Rangers in the semi-final.
Tuesday 29 March 2016
There were a couple of midweek fixtures played on Tuesday evening in Division Two when Thornaby Aerodrome Club hosted Billingham The White House but switched the fixture to High Grange. Billingham The White House brushed aside a well organised and committed team, in the first half their keeper Thomas Brown was in brilliant form but he could do nothing to prevent Billingham The White House taking a 3-0 lead into half-time. The highlight was a 25 yard free kick, stupendous. The second half was much the same but to their credit Thornaby Aerodrome Club heads never dropped and were competitive and dangerous to the end. Superb performance by referee James Bancroft on top of everything and superbly fit an excellent performance. The goal scorers for Billingham The White House were James McLeod, Stuart Bath, Steven Pickard and Liam Preston. The other game saw Billingham FC entertain Thornaby Roundel but it was the visitors who edged the tie by the odd goal in five, Christopher Moore scored two for Roundel plus one from Lee Saunders and for Billingham Andrew Brown and Daniel Fordy were on target.
Match Report 20 March 2016
Hardwick Social Club returned to league action for the first time in four months and recorded a 5-0 win away against The Royal at Stillington. Man of the match Anthony Able scored a hat-trick and there was a goal each from Billy Gatenby and substitute Tom Coulthard. Elsewhere Portrack travelled to South Bank and came away with a 5-1 victory with two goals from Nathan Pitt and one each for Ian Thompson, John Allison and Wayne Osbourne. Lewis Schink replied for South Bank.
In Division One Norton Red Lion took advantage of Billingham The Merlin not playing to move to the top of the table following a 5-1 win away to Storytellers, Mathew Watson scores a hat-trick plus a goal apiece from Josh Dowsland and Ryan Watson, Andrew Dale scored for Storytellers. Layfield Arms continued to stay in the promotion race with a 4-2 home against Village Park Rangers, Bradley Murray also scored a hat-trick plus one for Benjamin Kerry, meanwhile Simon Frank and David Wilkinson replied for the visitors. Fairfield Sports & Social Club entertained Eaglescliffe and ran out 4-2 winners with goals from Matthew Dixon, Michael Ball, Daniel Horsley and substitute Thomas Lee, Terry Jones scored for Eaglescliffe plus an own goal. Billingham Cowpen entertained St Marys College and recorded a narrow 2-1 win with goals from Billy Crookston and Terry Lambert Francis Hynes replied for St Marys.
In Division Two Billingham The White House entertained The Oxbridge and in an even first half it was the home side who opened the scoring following a header from James Crossman was saved and James McLeod was on hand to head home the rebound. Almost straight from the kick off Oxbridge were level after some good football into the home box resulted in a smart finish. Early in the second half a great run from Stuart Bath who then crossed for Paul Wilson to finish with a great volley. The Whitehouse then played some fine football and added further goals from James McLeod to complete his hat-trick and James Crossman to give them a 5-1 lead. To their credit the Oxbridge never gave up for the full 90 minutes and were rewarded with a late goal to make the final score 5-2. The game was handled by Declan Paice.
Meanwhile JFC United entertained Thornaby Sports & Leisure and ran out 4-1 winners with two goals from Anthony Barber and one each from Idrissa Ndiaye and Florin Craciun to maintain their promotion push. Blytheholme entertained Jolly Farmers and ran out 5-2 winners with a hat-trick for Chrissy Skipper and one apiece from Curtis Howden and Adam Wilson, for Jolly Farmers Daniel Rutherford scored both goals. Billingham F.C had a narrow 2-1 home win against Norton Unicorn with goals from Craig Campbell and Andrew Brown and for Norton Unicorn Gary Smith was the scorer. The Alls Bishopsgarth recorded only their second victory of the season with a hard fought 1-0 win thanks to the only goal of the game from Dean Hunt against Roundel.
In the third round of the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy premiership Norton George & Dragon entertained second division PH Elmtree and ran out 4-1 winners which was no disgrace for the second division side. Nathan Mohun scored twice and Christopher Atkinson and Gary Matthew added one each, Martyn Coles replied for PH Elmtree.
Match Report 13 March 2016
Last weekend saw two of the league’s teams progress to their respective County Cup finals with Hardwick Social Club entertaining holders Newton Aycliffe WMC in a repeat of last season’s Durham Sunday cup final and it was Hardwick Social Club who came out on top this time winning 6-2 but after they were given an early shock. A left wing corner saw Aycliffe took the league when a poor punch from Darren White saw an Aycliffe player head the ball back over the keeper and a defender into the roof of the net after only four minutes. They were level after nine minutes when Jamie Owens broke clear and drilled the ball into the bottom corner. From then on Hardwick Social dominated the game and scored three more goals through two goals from Steven Roberts and one from Kallum Hannah to give them a 4-1 lead at half time. Aycliffe hit back early in the second half and reduced the arrears however Hardwick Social continued to push forward and only persistence from Sonni Coleman led to a fifth goal and in the final minutes Anthony Able added a sixth to complete a fine win. They will now play Pelton RAOB in the final on the 15 May at the Hetton Centre.
Meanwhile Thornaby Village progressed to the final of the North Riding Sunday County cup following a 1-1 draw with The Cleveland, Village started the better and made the early running and scored after 15 minutes with a brilliant chip by Harrison Davies. A penalty in the second half brought The Cleveland level and that is how it remained until full time, no extra time and straight to penalties which saw Thornaby Village held their nerve to win a penalty shoot-out 5-3 to book their place in the final
In division one Fairfield Sports & Social Club entertained St Marys College and emerged with a tight 1-0 win thanks to the only goal from Louis Westoby elsewhere Layfield Arms cemented their position in third place with a comprehensive 8-2 win against Stockton Five Alls thanks to four goals for man of the match Bradley Murray plus two goals for Samuel Wilson and one each for Newton Boyce and Jamie Taylor, Jamie Roberts scored both goals for Stockton Five Alls. Village Park Rangers were 3-1 winners at home to Billingham The Kings with goals from Callum McNally, Simon Frank and Jason Elgie, Peter Harbron replied for The Kings.
In division two PH FC Elmtree switched their fixture from Grangefield to Tilery in an effort to stage a game against Coulby Newham and were rewarded with a 4-2 victory two goals from substitute Norman Fowler and one from Lewis Hargreaves plus one for John James, Andrew Geddes and Matthew Nelson replied for Coulby Newham. Blytheholme were 3-0 winners away to The Alls Bishopsgarth with goals from Thomas Wright, Chrissy Skipper and Daniel McLay. Jolly Farmers had a convincing 9-0 win at home to Nifco, there was four goals for Daniel Rutherford a hat-trick for Matthew Stott and a goal each for Jake Walker and Liam Butler. Blytheholme were 3-0 winners away to The Alls Bishopsgarth with goals from Thomas Wright, Daniel McLay and Chrissy Skipper. Thornaby Roundel entertained Thornaby Sports & Leisure in a local derby and came out on top by the odd goal in three with goals from Christopher Moore and David Campbell meanwhile Joe Cox replied for Thornaby Sports & Leisure. The Oxbridge entertained Norton Unicorn and ran out 4-1 winners with two goals from Shaun Baker and one each from Tom Massingham and Andrew Brownlees, Sean O’Keane replied for Unicorn.
Portrack progressed to round three of the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy with a 4-0 win against South Bank thanks to two goals each from man of the match Ian Thompson and Martin Woodhouse and they now play second division Billingham The White House at home.
Match Reports Sunday 6 March 2016
In the North Riding Sunday Challenge Cup semi-final Layfield Arms gave up home advantage when their pitch was declared unplayable but they still came out on top against Sherlocks winning 3-0 to book a place in the final. Layfield Arms goal scorers were Benjamin Kerry, Andrew Dinsdale and man of the match Shaun Lightfoot.
In the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy Quarter Final Premiership leaders Thornaby Village entertained first division Norton Red Lion. The village started off playing the better football and after 15 minutes scored when Glen Walker’s strike beat the keeper from a corner. Then Norton came to life and out played the village for 30 minutes and scored two good goals through Aiden Cattermole and then missed a good chance on half time to go further ahead however going in at 2-1. After the break the Village made a couple of changes and started to play the attacking football we are used to and dominated the whole second half. Glen Corkain popped up with a brace before Glen Walker popped up with two more goals to complete his hat-trick; the game was well refereed by Jamie Cann.
In the Quarter final of the Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy the top two teams in division two met at High Grange with Billingham The White House entertaining JFC United in an absorbing cup tie both plays played end to end football cancelling each other out and the score remained goalless up to half time. This was football on a knife edge, a good game to watch, normally lethal James McLeod missed from the penalty spot but netted when another decision resulted in another penalty this time making no mistake. To their credit JFC United took the initiative and levelled with a fine equaliser from substitute Dimitri Aime Kehi. Man of the match Steven Pickard sealed victory with a piece of outstanding control and balance to seal a hard encounter. Credit to both sides for an enthralling game which could have gone either way well controlled by referee Neil Lonsdale.
Also in the Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy Quarter final first division Village Park Rangers entertained second division Jolly Farmers and ran out 3-0 winners with goals from Joshua McManus, Cameron McKie and Sam Foxton. The other quarter final tie was a first division affair when the Merlin entertained Fairfield Sports & Social Club and were 5-2 winners with a hat-trick from substitute Joshua Chambers and one each from Charlie Gaffney and Adam Cotterill, Daniel Horsley scored both of the Fairfield Sports & Social Club’s goals.
Hardwick Social Club progressed to the semi-final of the Durham Sunday Cup with a narrow 3-2 victory away to Sunderland Farringdon ISL with the winner coming four minutes from time through Tony Johnson, the other goals from Craig Bishop and man of the match Jamie Owens. They now meet Newton Aycliffe in the semi-final which is a repeat of last season’s final.
In division one, Stockton Five Alls switched their game to Billingham The Kings and were rewarded with a 4-2 win with all four goals coming from man of the match Jamie Roberts. For the Kings Sean Griffiths and Matthew Ford were the goal scorers. Storytellers United entertained Eaglescliffe F.C and ran out 3-1 winners with goals from Gavin Cattermole with two and Jonathan Stringfellow with the other, Terry Jones replied for Eaglescliffe.
In division two Thornaby Aerodrome Club travelled to play Blytheholme and ran out 3-1 winners thanks to two goals from Dominic Halliday and one from John Webb with Curtis Howden scoring for the home side. Thornaby Sports & Leisure entertained Nifco at Harold Wilson and the visitors opened up two goal lead through John Williams but Thornaby Sports & Leisure hit back to record a 4-2 victory with two goals from Michael Tye and one each from Chris Nolan and Jack Watson. Norton Unicorn entertained Thornaby Roundel but slipped to a narrow 3-2 defeat, for Roundel Christopher Moore scored two and one from Lee Robson whilst Gary Smith and Michael Mann scored for Norton Unicorn.
Match Report 28 February 2016
Hardwick Social Club were in Durham Sunday Cup action last Sunday against Peterlee Helford and booked a place in the Quarter Finals thanks to 4-0. The first half saw Hardwick Social Club take the lead when Sonni Coleman outpaced the defence and lobbed the advancing keeper. The second half saw Hardwick extend their lead when Charlie Raby scored from a free kick same 20 yards out. The game became very scrappy after this and Hardwick dominated and restricted any chances that Peterlee had were never in danger of conceding a goal. Hardwick sealed the game in the final five minute when Jamie Owens squared the ball across the penalty area where Kallum Hannah fired home via the near post. On 90 minutes a left wing cross from Kallum Hannah was headed down by Adam Nicholson and Tony Johnson was on hand to stab home from close range.
In the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy Round Two second division Billingham The White House entertained first division Layfield Arms and were made to fight hard to secure a result. A nailed on penalty from Bradley Murray gave Layfield Arms the lead and up to half time held the initiative. The game ebbed and flowed the visitor’s keeper Wayne Lovatt was in outstanding form with a string of fine saves. Just past the hour mark the smallest player on the pitch Lee Johnson got his head to the ball and squirmed it home. Now with the bit between their teeth Billingham took the game to their opponents and two goals in the final 20 minutes from James McLeod, one a penalty. Layfield were excellent opposition and the game was played in good spirit but in the event Billingham got s deserved victory.
Thornaby Village moved to the top of the Premier Division following a 6-2 home win against Portrack with two goals from man of the match Harrison Davies and two goals from substitute Jamie Poole plus one each from Glenn Corkain and substitute Paul Venis, Max Craggs and Martin Woodhouse scored for the Portrack. The game between George & Dragon (Yarm) and South Bank was postponed by Conyers School.
In Division One Billingham The Merlin continue to lead the table following a 3-2 win away at St Marys College with goals from Thomas Cole, Charlie Gaffney and Adam Cotterill for St Marys the scorers were Chris Taylor and Charles Smith. Second placed Norton Red Lion were 4-0 winners away to Village Park Rangers there was two goals for Josh Dowsland and one each for Charlie Inman and Christian Selby. Billingham Cowpen Club had a comfortable 13-0 win against an understrength and depleted Stockton Five Alls, Billy Crookston led the scoring with a double hat-trick, there was also a hat-trick for Ricki Bloomfield, two goals for Mark Dawson and one each from Steven Dent and Bradley Heads. Eaglescliffe F.C gained their first point of the season in a 3-3 draw at home to Storytellers United, there was two goals from substitute Terry Jones and one from Stuart Woodhall whilst Gavin Cattermole, Stewart Coats and Jonathan McLone scored for Storytellers United. Fairfield Sports & Social Club lost by the odd goal in five when they entertained Billingham The Kings their goals from Chris Johnson and Tom Beattie.
In Division Two the top two sides were not in league action as JFC United’s game against Nifco was postponed again by Conyers school and Billingham The White House were in cup action. Jolly Farmers are currently third following their latest win 2-0 against The Alls Bishopsgarth both goals scored by Liam Butler. Thornaby Aerodrome Club are fourth but were held to a 2-2 draw by Thornaby Sports & Leisure for whom Andrew Milbourne and Gary Wood were the scorers whilst Shaun Hunnam and John Roddy scored for Thornaby Aerodrome Club. Billingham FC had a narrow 2-1 win away to Thornaby Roundel with both goals from Gareth Brown whilst Aaron Roberts scored for Roundel on debut. The Oxbridge were at home to Coulby Newham and slipped to a narrow 3-2 defeat, two goals from Andrew Geddes and one for Luke Smailes secured the points for Coulby Newham.