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.