Midweek Match Report

Thursday 27 May saw the final of the John Jackson Memorial Trophy Premier Division cup between Billingham The Whitehouse and Portrack at Billingham Town.  When these two teams had met in the league both games finished 1-1 so a tight game was expected and that is what happened as extra time was required to produce a winner.  In the first half Portrack created the better chances and on 20 minutes Billingham The Whitehouse goalkeeper Chris Davidson was called into action when Portrack were awarded a free kick 30 yards from goal, this saw Davidson tip Ben Turners effort over the bar.  On 28 minutes this time a Ben Turner free kick from 25 yards rattled the crossbar.  On 43 minutes a long range shot from Jake Large was well saved by Davidson at the expense of a corner.  The second half became a case of third time lucky for Turner when they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box on 66 minutes and this time Turner beat Davidson to put Portrack in front.  The Whitehouse needed to respond and look for an equaliser as they made changes and on 83 minutes the equaliser came when a free kick was awarded and Stewart Bath played the ball square to Matthew Osmond whose shot was deflected by David Able into the net.  This took the game into extra time and on 93 minutes Ashley Lavan ran at the Whitehouse defence and saw his shot from the edge of the box go in off the post for 2-1.  No further goals followed as Whitehouse pushed for another equaliser but the Portrack defence held firm and looking to counter attack.  The League President Derek Overton presented the medals to match officials and both teams as well as the John Jackson Memorial Trophy to Portrack skipper Ian Thompson.

Tuesday the 25 May saw the final league games of the season, in the Premier Division Norton Red Lion entertained champions Hardwick Social Club on a cold wet night.  Hardwick took an early lead through James Ward and then squandered a number of chances as Norton keeper Jordan Burns thwarted the attacks.  Norton got back in the game when Hardwick failed to clear their area and Matthew Watson was on hand to fire home.  In the second half the game flowed end to end and Hardwick were then awarded a penalty which Kallum Hannah dispatched for 2-1.  Hardwick were then awarded a second penalty which Andrew McGirr was given the job but his shot was saved by Burns and as the ball came back to McGirr he tried to control instead of shooting first time and the ball fell to Craig Bishop who fired home, the scoring was completed by Michael Arthur.

In division one third placed Thornaby Roundel were away to fourth placed Jolly Farmers and knew a draw would be enough to finish third whereas Jolly Farmers required a win.  The result was a 3-3 draw with Jolly Farmers goals from John Brown, Arran Scott and Rory McCabe whilst for Roundel Daniel Longley, Kieran Campbell and Joe Canwell were the scorers.

           

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Match Report 23 April 2017

In the semi-final of the Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy first division Jolly Farmers entertained first division champions JFC United and they got off to a flying start.  A Jolly Farmers free kick was played wide right and the ball was crossed into the area for Charlie Iveson to volley home after only one minute.  Things got better for Jolly Farmers two minutes later when the JFC United keeper dropped the ball on the edge of the area and in an attempt to retrieve the ball he brought the forward down, Connor Hardman converted the resulting penalty.  JFC United strived for a way back into the game and were awarded a free kick 25 yards from goal and the resulting kick saw the Jolly Farmers keeper Liam Macsween tip the ball around the post for a corner.  Jolly Farmers extended their lead on 26 minutes when a poor clearance from the JFC United keeper fall straight to Matthew Baike-Ghazvini who drilled the ball beyond the keeper from 35 yards.  On 37 minutes JFC United pulled a goal back as Jolly Farmers defence appealed for offside and Junior Masandi went on and scored.  The second half saw JFC United dominate the possession as they looked to get back into the game but were thwarted by some good goalkeeping from Liam Macsween who pulled off a couple of fine saves to deny JFC United.  Jolly Farmers will now meet Nifco in the final at Thornaby on the 12 May.

In the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy semi-final second division champions South Bank were at home to premiership Thornaby Oddfellows but it was the visitors whose experience saw them through 7-1.  Arron Brookbanks and substitute Newton Boyce both scored twice plus a goal each from Jamie Taylor, Richard Robinson and Benjamin Kerry.  Thornaby Oddfellows now wait to see who they will meet in the final either JFC United or Hardwick Social Club who play this weekend.

In the Premier division Norton Red Lion entertained Billingham The White House and it was the visitors who gave a virtuoso 45 minutes with Nathan Bayes running the Red Lion ragged scoring two superb goals after coming from behind to a brilliant opener for Red Lion from Ryan Watson.  The game was superb end to end football played in excellent spirit from start to finish and was enjoyable and had pulses raised.  Ryan Watson added a second for Red Lion and over the 90 minutes the draw was a fair result, both teams a credit.  Hardwick Social Club already crowned league champions entertained Billingham The Merlin at Tilery and ran out comfortable 9-0 winners with Jamie Owens helping himself to five goals, Luke Whittaker scored two and there was a goal each from Tony Johnson and Christopher Stockton.

There was only one game in division one when Thornaby Roundel were at home to Thornaby Aerodrome Club and it was Roundel who shaded the game by the odd goal in five.  Scorers for Thornaby Roundel were Daniel Longley, David Campbell and Ryan Harker whilst Jason McNamee and Thomas Brown scored for Aerodrome Club. 

Last Thursday Thornaby Aerodrome Club were in the final of the North Riding Sunday Challenge Cup facing the holders Trafalgar F.C.  The first half was dominated by Trafalgar but they struggled to breakdown a stubborn TAC defence until a minute before half time when a freekick was headed home at the back post to give Trafalgar the lead. In the second half Trafalgar added a second after three minutes and then added a further five to give them victory.  To their credit Thornaby Aerodrome Club battled all the way through but the Trafalgar proved to be too strong and ran out worthy winners.



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Match Report 16 April 2016

There were only four matches played this weekend, two in the Premier Division and two in Division One, with all Division Two teams having completed their league fixtures.

Hardwick Social Club secured the Premier Division title with an emphatic 9-0 victory over their closest rivals Portrack who finish the season as runners-up.  Hardwick took the lead on ten minutes when a cross from Kallum Hannah was turned into his own net past stand-in keeper Danny Rowbotham by Liam Connor.  Portrack strived for the equaliser but found the Hardwick defence difficult to breakdown.  Hardwick extended their lead on 27 minutes when a wayward shot by Kallum Hannah fell to Sonni Coleman who drove the ball home.  The same player added a third goal on 38 minutes following excellent work by Tony Johnson who slipped the ball to Coleman who drilled the ball home from the edge of the area to make the score 3-0 going into half time.  The second half saw Hardwick dominate proceedings and Kallum Hannah extended the lead on 56 minutes and five minutes later Jamie Owens was put through but Rowbotham saved only to see Johnson following up and slotted home goal number five.  They further extended the score with two quick goals from Jamie Owens the first a cross from Charlie Raby and the second a cross from Michael Arthur that gave him a simple tap in.  On 82 minutes Owens completed his hat-trick and then on 85 minutes completed the scoring when he robbed a defender just inside the Portrack half and ran in on goal beating Rowbotham with a low shot to complete the rout.

Also in the Premier Division Billingham The White House won a typical end of season affair against Thornaby Village who competed throughout as the game flowed end to end.  Billingham The White House took the lead through Christopher Atkinson in what can only be described as a fluke or a quality finish with the keeper off his line and from all of 30 yards found the net.  In the second half Billingham The White House passed up several glorious chances to make the game safe but inept and woeful play saw all chances spurned.  Thornaby Village capitalised on this and on the hour mark saw a sharp strike from Karl Charlton after a horrendous mistake by the ever so reliable Kevin Osmond.  With 15 minutes to go substitute Liam Preston stooped to head home what turned out to be the winning goal.

In Division One Billingham The Kings entertained Thornaby Roundel and it was the visitors who came out on top 3-1 with goals from Lee Saunders, Kieran Campbell and Daniel Longley and Michael Doyle replied for Billingham The Kings.  Jolly Farmers moved up to third following their 5-1 win away to Doctor McGonigles with two goals for Brian Johnson and each from Rory McCabe, Charlie Iveson and substitute Louie Dunning.



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Match Report 9 April 2017

In the Premier Division Billingham The White House entertained local rivals Billingham The Merlin and it was the visitors who took the lead after five minutes when a right wing corner was headed home by Spencer Nixon.  Billingham The White House hit back and equalised five minutes later through Nathan Bayes, the game then settled down as both sides strived to take control.  Billingham The Merlin took the lead once again on 32 minutes when a speculative 25 yard shot from David Roth saw keeper Chris Davison deceived when as he dived to collect the ball appeared to divert off the ground and over him into the net.  Billingham The White House pushed for an equaliser before half time but were denied twice by Billingham The Merlin keeper Christopher Weegram who pulled off two excellent saves to deny them just before half time.  In the second half Billingham The White House dominated the game and were rewarded when Nathan Bayes scored his second to bring the game level and it was left to substitute Christopher Atkinson to wrap up the points when he struck late in normal time to secure all three points for Billingham The White House.  Thornaby Oddfellows and Hardwick Social Club shared nine goals but it was Hardwick Social Club who sneaked the result by the odd goal.  Scorers for Thornaby Oddfellows were Arron Brookbanks with a hat-trick and one goal from Benjamin Kerry and for Hardwick Tony Johnson scored two plus one apiece from Charlie Raby, Steven Roberts and Christopher Stockton.  The other game in this division saw Norton Red Lion at home to Billingham Cowpen Club and it was the home side who ran out 6-0 winners with two goals each for Bradley Murray and Josh Dowsland and one each from Ryan Watson and substitute Christian Selby.

In Division One Thornaby Aerodrome Club were at home to Storytellers United and it was the home side who came out on top 4-2 thanks to goals from Shaun Hunnam, Christopher Fairless, Jason McNamee and substitute Mark Robinson and for Storytellers Christopher Waites and Jonathan McLone were the goal scorers.  In a mid-table clash Jolly Farmers entertained Doctor McGonicles and it was Jolly Farmers who ran out 4-2 winners with two goals from Kevin Thomas and one apiece for Arran Scott and Matthew Baike-Ghazvini and for the visitors Chrissy Skipper scored both the goals.

In Division Two Eaglescliffe F.C entertained PH FC Elmtree in the last game of the season for both teams and it was PH FC Elmtree who came out on top 2-0 thanks to goals from John James and Michael Bond.  John James ended the season with 41 goals for PH FC Elmtree and top scorer not only in the division but also in the league.


In the Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy semi-final second division Nifco were at home to first division Thornaby Roundel and the first 90 minutes didn’t produce a goal therefore extra time was required and Nifco caused an upset by winning 2-1 in the extra time despite having a player sent off.  The scorers for Nifco were John Williams and Michael White and for Thornaby Roundel Dhanish Hussain was their scorer.  Nifco will now meet the winners on the other semi-final between Jolly Farmers and JFC United on Friday 12 May at Thornaby F.C.


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Match Report 2 April 2017

In the Premier Division Billingham The White House were at home to Norton Red Lion and it was the visitors who came out on top 4-2.  Billingham The White House were a player down early in the game due to a red card when he was adjudged to been the last man and baulked the Lion forward.  Billingham The White House felt this was a harsh decision but battled bravely but Norton Red Lion deserved the victory with their third goal being an awesome beauty from 25 yards which gave the keeper no chance whatsoever. Scorers for Norton Red Lion were Jamie Barton, Ryan Rudd, Ryan Watson and an own goal, Bryan Stewart and Josh Chambers scored for Billingham The White House.  Norton George & Dragon completed their season with a narrow 4-3 win against Billingham The Merlin with two goals from Nathan Mohun and a goal each for Liam Blyth and Philip Horsman and for Billingham The Merlin there was two goals from Bradley Thackeray and one for Ryan Chan.

In Division One Thornaby Aerodrome Club entertained Village Park Rangers and the sides shared four goals and one point each as Village Park Rangers completed their fixtures and finish as runners-up in the division and promotion to the Premier Division.  Thornaby Aerodrome Club goals came from Peter Harbron and Shaun Hunnam and for Village Park Rangers the goals came from Gavin Robson and substitute Callum McNally.  Fairfield Sports & Social Club were at home to St Marys College and the teams shared 12 goals with Fairfield Sports & Social Club just edging the game 7-5 thanks to two goals from Michael Ball and a goal each for Lee Jordan, Carl Dinsdale, Joshua Conlan, Matthew Dixon and Tom Beattie.  For St Marys Josh O’Donoghue scored twice with a goal each for Andrew Stephen, Francis Hynes and Jack Sedgwick.  Stockton Five Alls and Thornaby Roundel met each in other in what turned out to be a bad-tempered game that saw one player from each side sent off and several players cautioned.  The result saw Thornaby Roundel edge the game 2-1 with goals from Dhanish Hussain and Matthew McGee, for Stockton Five Alls Chris Wright was the scorer.  First Division champions JFC United completed their season with a defeat going down by the odd goal in five to Billingham The Kings, Jonathon Casson scored twice for Billingham The Kings plus one from Leighton Harbron and for JFC United Florin Craciun and Vasile Bucuresteanu were the goal scorers.

In Division Two there were only two games and both ended honours even with Nifco and Eaglescliffe playing a 1-1 draw, Biaine Lewis scored for Nifco and Eaglescliffe scored through an own goal.  The Oxbridge entertained Marton Rovers and the teams ended all square 2-2, Clark Peacock and Liam Train scoring for the home side and Andrew Townsend and an own goal was the reply from Marton Rovers.

In the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy third round tie Hardwick Social Club entertained Thornaby Village at Tilery and ran out 4-1 winners to book their place in the semi-final where they will face first division champions JFC United.  The goals came from Kallum Hannah, Nathan Mulligan, Christopher Stockton and substitute Cameron Wilson and Jake Scott replied for Thornaby Village.

In the Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy third round tie first division Jolly Farmers hosted second division RSD and it was the home side who came out on top 4-0 with goals from Arran Scott, Daniel Smith, Charlie Iveson and Connor Hardman.  Jolly Farmers will now meet JFC United in the semi-final.

In the John Jackson Memorial Trophy Semi-final Portrack hosted Thornaby Oddfellows and the game was eventually settled after extra time with Portrack coming out on top 6-5.  Potrack's goals came from Ricky Dull and substitute John Allison who scored two each plus one each from Gareth Poole and Ben Turner and for Thornaby Oddfellows with two goals each were Andrew Dinsdale and Richard Robinson plus one from Benjamin Kerry.

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Match Report 26 March 2017

In Division Two South Bank clinched the title with a 4-3 win against their nearest challengers PH FC Elmtree in their final league game of the season.  Goal scorers for South Bank were Sean Harland, Shafiq Asif, Kyle Rutledge and Graeme Watson and for PH FC Elmtree the goals came from John James, Rhys Greenwood and Charles Corden.  Norton Unicorn completed their season and will finish in third place following a strong second half of the season their latest win was 6-1 away to Nifco.  Two goals for Lewis Powell and Robert Walton plus one each for Joe Stephens and Adam Walton set up this latest win meanwhile Michael White scored for Nifco.  RSD completed their first season in the league with a 5-1 home win against Eaglescliffe thanks to two goals from Liam Davis plus a goal each from Adam Brownless, Sean Donnolly and Charlie Stewart, Giuseppe Forte replied for Eaglescliffe.

In the Premier Division Billingham The White House entertained Portrack and the first half was a niggly affair with not many goal scoring opportunities created.  In the second half Billingham The White House took the lead on 56 minutes when Josh Chambers broke through the Portrack defence and slotted home.  A couple of minutes later the same player saw is shot hit the post with only the keeper to beat.  It was Billingham The White House who were making the running and on 75 minutes Nathan Bayes saw his effort saved by Robbie Stockburn.  The turning point came in the 87th minute when Portrack were awarded a controversial goal as the referee adjudged the ball had crossed the line, with Rickie Dull being the scorer.  This salvaged a point for Portrack as the game ended all square.  The only other game in this division saw Thornaby Oddfellows at home to Norton Red Lion and it was the visitors who eased to a 7-1 victory with four goals from Ryan Watson, two from Matthew Thomas and one for Ross Burdon, Benjamin Kerry replied for Thornaby Oddfellows.

In Division One Fairfield Sports & Social Club entertained Storytellers United and it was the visitors who came out on top by the odd goal in three.  Storytellers United scorers were Stewart Coats and Jonathon McLone whilst Lee Jordan replied for Fairfield Sports & Social Club.  Stockton Five Alls were at home to Thornaby Aerodrome Club in a clash of the bottom two teams and it was Thornaby Aerodrome Club who triumphed again by the odd goal in three, scores for Thornaby Aerodrome Club were Mark Robinson and Christopher Fairless and for Stockton Five Alls Jamie Roberts was the scorer.  The only other fixture in the division saw Thornaby Roundel entertain Doctor McGonicles and the teams shared nine goals as Thornaby Roundel came out on top 5-4.  The scorers for the visitors were Thomas Wright, Chrissy Skipper, Daniel Southall and Daniel McLay.

JFC United progressed to the semi-final of the Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy with a 5-1 win against Village Park Rangers thanks to a hat-trick from Dimitri Kehi and a goal each from Junior Masandi and Famarra Jatta whilst Gavin Robson replied for Village Park Rangers.  JFC United will now be away to the winners of Jolly Farmers and RSD in the semi-final.



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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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