Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy

Hardwick Social Club completed the season unbeaten winning the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy last Thursday to add to the other four trophies already won this season, Alec Westwood Memorial Trophy, Premier Division, Durham Sunday Cup and the All England Sunday Cup.

Hardwick Social Club made a number of chances for the final of the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy against Thornaby Oddfellows and the opening fifteen minutes was fairly even.  The first real chance fell to Oddfellows when a left wing corner was headed goalwards but a defender was on hand to head off the line.  However on 22 minutes when a ball was played through the Oddfellows defence and as the defenders stood expecting the ball to go out Andrew McGirr chased the ball down and as the keeper came out he calmly rounded the keeper and slotted home.  Hardwick extended their lead on 36 minutes when a left wing corner from Charlie Raby was punched by the keeper but the ball appeared to hit a defender and enter the net.  In the second half Hardwick made a number of changes and on 62 minutes substitute Jamie Owens saw Oddfellows keeper Martyn Tweddle save well as Owens cut in from the left.  However three minutes later and good link up play between Owens and Callum Westwood resulted in Owens slotting home goal number three.  Minutes later Westwood crossed for Owens only to see his shot rattle the crossbar.  On 87 minutes Owens was played through to make it 4-0 and in the final minute after good work from Westwood and James Ward saw Owens complete his hat-trick with a strike from the edge of the box.  League President Derek Overton presented the Referee of the year trophy to the match referee Matthew East, he also presented the medals to Oddfellows and Hardwick and the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy to captain for the night Danny Lawson.



President Derek Overton presenting Matthew East with the Referee of the Year award


Danny Lawson showing the Ian Goman Memorial Trophy to his team mates.



Hardwick players and officials showing the five trophies they have won this season.




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DFA Sunday Cup & Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy Reports

Hardwick Social Club completed a cup double last Sunday when they finally got their hands on the Durham FA Sunday Cup after being beaten finalist’s for the last three years and five times in total with a 4-0 defeat of Newton Aycliffe Locomotion.  Newton Aycliffe kicked off the final which was a repeat of two years ago and the opening exchanges were fairly even however Hardwick opened the scoring on 17 minutes when Chris Stockton broke down the left wing and his cross found Nathan Mulligan on the edge of the box and he fired home giving the keeper no chance.  Hardwick then had chances to extend their lead on 21 minutes when Jamie Owens was played into the box but he miss controlled the ball then a minute later Joe Carter made a break down the right wing and played in Sonni Coleman who saw his shot rattle the crossbar and out of play.  Two minutes later and Hardwick extended their lead when a long ball out of defence was chased down by Coleman who outstripped the Aycliffe defence and coolly slotted home.  On 38 minutes Aycliffe had their first real chance but Michael Arthur saved a weak effort then right on half time a right wing corner for Aycliffe was met by an Aycliffe head but Craig Bishop headed positioned on the post headed over the bar.  In the second half it was soon 3-0 when Chris Stockton robbed a defender around the half way line and ran through on goal and calmly slotted home.  Minutes later and Jamie Owens was brought down in the penalty area and he picked himself up but put his spot kick wide.  On 59 minutes Kallum Hannah replaced Chris Stockton and was soon in the action a minute later when his left wing cross found Jamie Owens at the far post but his headed went just over the bar.  Hardwick then made a number of substitutions but this didn’t stop then pushing forward and on 78 minutes another left wing cross from Kallum Hannah was this time volleyed home by Jamie Owens for number four and Hardwick saw out time to the final whistle.

The teams line up for the Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy Final at Thornaby F.C on Friday 12 May 2017

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On Friday 12 May first division Jolly Farmers met second division Nifco UK in the final of the Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy at Thornaby F.C.  The opening 20 minutes were fairly even as both sides strived to take control of the game.  It was Jolly Farmers who on 22 minutes took the lead when Daniel Smith took a free kick from 25 yards that saw the Nifco goalkeeper get his hands to the ball but was unable to prevent the ball going into the goal.  Minutes later a mix-up in the Nifco defence allowed Charlie Iveson to head into an empty net, Jolly Farmers by now were enjoying the upper hand and played with more freedom and extended their lead further when Charlie Iveson was brought down in the box and Connor Hardman stepped up to fire home after 32 minutes.  Five minutes later it was 4-0 when a long range shot was parried by the keeper but Rory McCabe was on hand to tap into an empty net.  The second half saw Jolly Farmers continue to push forward and nearly extended their lead when the Nifco keeper played a short ball to a defender who was robbed but to his credit the Nifco keeper then saved twice from close range efforts as the ball went out for a corner.  On the hour a mazy run from Charlie Iveson saw his cross deflected into the net by a Nifco defender for number five and six minutes later Jolly Farmers were awarded a second penalty after Nigel Wilks was adjudged to have handled the ball on the floor and Brian Johnson stepped up to fire home.  Nifco then had a real chance to score when there forward went one on one with Liam McSweeney the Jolly Farmers keeper but the keeper thwarted the attempt.  Jolly Farmers wrapped up the scoring when a left wing cross from Daniel Smith was headed home by substitute Arran Scott.  League Chairman Peter Mack presented the trophy and medals to the teams and match officials.  




League Chairman Peter Mack presented trophy to Brian Johnson captain of Jolly Farmers winners of the Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy Final.





League Chairman also presented match referee Oliver Aithwaite with the Stockton Sunday League Young Referee of the Year trophy following the final. 
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All England Sunday Cup Final Report

Hardwick Social Club travelled to Bramall Lane Sheffield for the final of the All England Sunday Cup where they were to meet the holders New Salamis from North London.  Hardwick started brightly and had the first chance after only three minutes that saw Sonni Coleman just fire wide from the edge of the box.  Hardwick continued to dominate the opening exchanges and on 12 minutes Jamie Owens saw his shot from the edge of the box well saved by the Salamis keeper with a corner being the outcome.  On 22 minutes Hardwick took the lead when James Ward saw his 20-yard shot spilled by the keeper and Sonni Coleman followed up to drill the ball home and send the large Hardwick support into raptures.  New Salamis nearly equalised when a storming run down the right wing by Deniz Mehmet saw him cut along the goal-line and his shot struck the post and out of play.  On the half hour mark Hardwick were forced into a change as Adam Nicholson had to come off with a knee injury and was replaced by Steven Roberts with Jamie Poole moving back into defence.  Hardwick maintained their advantage going into half time and the lead was well deserved.  The second half began with New Salamis on the attack and they were awarded a free kick just outside of the box on 47 minutes but the resulting kick went over the bar.  On the hour mark a left-wing corner from Nathan Mulligan was headed just wide in a crowded penalty area.  New Salamis made a couple of changes and on 66 minutes were awarded a penalty which Leon MacKenzie converted for one all.  New Salamis started to dominate the play and force Hardwick onto the back foot and on 72 minutes MacKenzie was left unmarked 10 yards from goal but Michael Arthur saved well with his feet to deny the forward.  New Salamis substitute Alex Addai was causing Hardwick problems down the right wing and he produced a number of crosses into the box but Hardwick dealt with these.  Hardwick introduced Kallum Hannah for Craig Bishop on 79 minutes and on 85 minutes another Nathan Mulligan corner was saw Sonni Coleman head just wide.  New Salamis nearly sneaked the win when MacKenzie sent a long ball forward to Percy Kiangebeni but saw his effort well saved by Michael Arthur at the expense of a corner.  In injury time Arthur again denied New Salamis with a point blank save to take the game into extra time.  Hardwick made their final change at the start of extra time with Luke Whittaker replacing Sonni Coleman and from the kick off Hardwick pushed forward and a cross from James Ward was headed just wide by Kallum Hannah and minutes later Hannah crossed for Jamie Owens whose attempt was pushed over the bar.  The second half of extra time saw both teams struggling with players suffering cramp and the tie headed for the dreaded penalties.

New Salamis were up first and their penalty taker was Leon MacKenzie whose scored with his first effort but this time Michael Arthur guessed correctly and saved.  Up first for Hardwick was Kallum Hannah and he made no mistake with his effort.  Next for New Salamis was John Kyriacou and this time Arthur was beaten then Nathan Mulligan was next for Hardwick and he saw keeper Darren Behcet get a hand to the ball but could not prevent it entering the net.  Next for New Salamis was Harrison Georgiou and again he saw Arthur save his effort, up stepped Tom Coulthard and he saw Behcet save his penalty to make it 2-1.  Next for New Salamis was Kyri Portou and he beat Arthur but saw his shot hit the crossbar and bounce away.  This meant that if Hardwick scored with their next penalty they would win, up stepped goalkeeper Michael Arthur and he drilled the ball home to send Hardwick players and supporters into raptures. 

FA Sunday Cup Chairman David Robinson presented the medals to the match officials, New Salamis and Hardwick Social Club and then presented the trophy to Hardwick captain Jamie Owens. 

Hardwick Social Club line up:
1 Michael Arthur 2 Joe Carter 3 Craig Bishop 4 Jamie Poole 5 Adam Nicholson
6 Tom Coulthard 7 Nathan Mulligan 8 James Ward 9 Sonni Coleman
10 Jamie Owens (Capt) 11 Chris Stockton

Subs:
12 Richard Allan
14 Steven Roberts for Adam Nicholson
15 Luke Whittaker for Sonni Coleman
16 Tony Johnson
17 Kallum Hannah for Craig Bishop


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Match Report 30 April 2017

The only game to take place last Sunday was the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy semi-final between first division champions JFC United and premiership champions Hardwick Social Club.  Hardwick got off to a flying start when Sam Ions gave them the lead after only two minutes.  JFC United had a great chance to equalise on 15 minutes only to see three attempts cleared off the line by Hardwick defenders.  On 22 minutes Hardwick extended the lead when a long clearance from Darren White was flicked on by Steven Roberts and Sam Ions was on hand to drive the ball home.  On 33 minutes Roberts was fouled in the box and Ions was given the chance to complete his hat-trick but his shot hit the post and the ball was cleared.  On 35 minutes Hardwick extended their lead when a corner from Charlie Raby was crossed to the back post and Tom Coulthard thundered the ball home giving the keeper no chance.  Right on half time Jonathan Barber broke clear of the defence and his shot was tipped around the post by White for a corner.  In the second half JFC United got back into the game on 50 minutes when a long range shot from Famara Jatta beat White to make it 3-1.  Hardwick continued to dominate and extended the lead on 81 minutes when a right wing corner from Michael Arthur found Andrew McGirr at the far post and he volleyed home and on 87 minutes Arthur completed the scoring with a 20 yard free kick to make the final score 5-1.  Hardwick Social Club now meet Thornaby Oddfellows in the final at Stockton Town on the 18 May kick-off 7pm.

  

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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 substitute Christopher Atkinson 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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