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.