John Jackson Memorial Trophy 27 May 2018

John Jackson Memorial Trophy Final 27 May 2018 at Thornaby F.C

The Teams line up prior to kick off:



Portrack F.C

Norton Red Lion F.C




Match Officials: Referee Alan Powles        Referee of the Year Neil Lonsdale 
Assistants: Kevin Blackburn (left) and       presented by Referee Secretary Jes Lambert


The final game of the season saw Portrack and Norton Red Lion meet at Thornaby F.C for the John Jackson Memorial Trophy for premiership teams.  The first chance fell to Norton Red Lion after only two minutes but Guy Craggs made an excellent save tipping the ball over the bar.  This was as expected a hard physical game with no quarter asked or given but well controlled by referee Alan Powles.  Portrack took the lead on 22 minutes when Jake large sent over a left wing cross and Ian Thompson headed home and Portrack held the lead going in 1-0 up at half time.  The second half started with Norton Red Lion scoring the equaliser after only three minutes when Liam Robson shot from 12 yards into the top corner.  The lead only lasted four minutes when Norton Red Lion failed to clear a throw into the penalty area and Steven Pickard was on hand to stab the ball home.  On 60 minutes Ian Thompson found himself one on one with the keeper but the keeper saved well and the play switched to the other end and Guy Craggs saved well on a one to one situation.  No more goals but plenty of action as Portrack ran out 2-1 winners.           



Portrack Players and Officials celebrate after winning the John Jackson trophy.

Thanks to Simon McCabe for the photographs.










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Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy Final 25 May 2018

The teams line up before kick-off 

Wolviston Wellington                                                     Thornaby Oddfellows

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Match officials referee Steven Lawson (centre)        The captains awaiting the coin toss.
Callum Donnelly (left) & Matthew Smith (right

Friday evening saw Thornaby Oddfellows and Wolviston The Wellington meet in the final of the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy at Thornaby F.C.  The game was quite tight for the first twenty minutes but on 25 minutes Wolviston The Wellington took the lead when Stewart Bath looped a ball over the defence for Bryan Stewart to run onto and he calmly slotted home.  They added a second on 37 minutes when Kevin Osmond scored a fine individual effort as he never stopped running at the Oddfellows defence and added a second.  The second half saw Thornaby Oddfellows dominate possession but the Wolviston The Wellington defence held firm and they hit Oddfellows on the break twice first through James McLeod on 82 minutes and then a fourth from Nathan Bayes on 92 minutes to complete a fine win.



League President Derek Overton presents the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy to Kevin Osmond of Wolviston The Wellington.


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Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy Final 18 May 2018


The team’s line-up prior to kick off


Stockton Sun Inn F.C
Billingham The Lion F.C

                                            


Referee: Dave Ward
Assistants: Mark Bond (Left) & Andrew March (Right)
Teams lining up before kick off



The final of the Steven Wells Memorial Trophy was played at Thornaby F.C on Friday 18 May between second division champions Billingham The Lion and second division Stockton Sun Inn.  Billingham The Lion started strongly and quickly established a two goal lead through Billy Crookston and Matthew Murray but Stockton Sun Inn fought back and clawed their way back into the game and finally equalised on the stroke of half time, their goals coming from Luke Irish and Carl Stonehouse..  The second half was a physical affair as both sides tried to dominate and Stockton Sun Inn had a great chance early in the second half to take the lead but this was squandered and they were eventually made to pay when Billingham The Lion substitute Bradley Heads grabbed the winner and complete a league and cup double for the Billingham The Lion in their first season in the league.  The league Chairman Peter Mack presented the Steven Wells Memorial Trophy to Billy Crookston the Billingham The Lion captain.






















Billingham The Lion celebrate their cup victory.


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Match Report 6 May 2018


In the semi-final of the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy second division Storytellers United hosted premier league side Wolviston The Wellington having knocked premiership Portrack out in the previous round.  Wolviston The Wellington secured a low key victory seemingly just doing enough to secure victory with a goal in each half of the game.  To their credit Storytellers United fought and harried to keep Wolviston The Wellington to keep them on their toes but as soon as Wolviston The Wellington opened the scoring through James McLeod there would only be one winner.  Nathan Bayes added a second to keep up his recent goal scoring effort.  The game was played in good spirit and Storytellers United gave a good account of themselves belying their league status.  In the other semi-final it was an all Thornaby affair with a depleted Thornaby Village entertaining Thornaby Oddfellows and it was the visitor’s who took advantage and inflicted a heavy defeat on their rivals winning 11-3.  Arron Brookbanks scored five times, Bradley Murray scored a hat-trick and there were two goals from Richard Robinson.  Thornaby Oddfellows and Wolviston The Wellington will now meet in the final on 25 May at Thornaby F.C.

In the Steven Wells Memorial Trophy second division leaders Billingham The Lion entertained fellow second division side Stillington The Royal and emerged victorious with a narrow 2-1 win thanks to goals from Billy Crookston and Gareth Brown with Norman Fowler replying for Stillington The Royal.  They will now face fellow second division side Stockton Sun Inn who defeated the holder’s first division The Dubliners on penalties 5-4 after a four all draw.  Two goals from Chris Wright plus a goal each from Jamie Roberts and Carl Stonehouse were the scorers for Stockton Sun Inn.  For The Dubliners Matthew Baike-Ghazvini scored twice plus a goal each from Alex Screawn and Charlie Iveson.  The Steven Wells Memorial Trophy Final will be played at Thornaby F.C on the18 May kick off 7pm.    

In the Premier Division leaders Hardwick Social Club fielded an understrength side against Billingham The Merlin looking for three points that would land then the league title once again however Billingham The Merlin had other ideas as they looked to finish the season in style.  Billingham The Merlin secured a 3-2 win thanks to two goals from Kevin Millar and one from Paul Harvey whilst for Hardwick Social Club Callum Westwood and Ross Heslop were the scorers.

In Division One Billingham The Kings finished the season with a 5-3 win away to St Marys 1947 Sunday and secured a third place finish thanks to two goals from Ashley Lavan and a goal apiece from Leighton Harbron, Jonathan Casson and Peter Harbron jnr, for St Marys 1947 Sunday Chris Taylor scored all three goals.  Chrissy Skipper scored all four goals as Doctor McGonigles won 4-2 away to Market Tavern whose goals came from Christopher Hall and Thomas Brown.  Billingham Cowpen Club and Horse & Jockey had to settle for a point each when they drew 2-2 with Adam Wrench scoring both goals for Billingham Cowpen Club and for Horse & Jockey Chris Johnson and Luke Spence were the scorers.

In Division Two Marton Rovers were 4-2 winners against RSD with two goals for Kevin Young and a goal each for Hayden Moody and Kalab Yohans and for RSD Liam Davis scored both of the goals.  Fornaby entertained Eaglescliffe and it was the visitors who secured a narrow 2-1 thanks to goals from Louis White and Martin White and Harry Stevenson scored the Fornaby goal.

Hardwick Social Club secured the Premiership title following a 3-0 midweek win against Norton Red Lion.


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Match Report 29 April 2018


Hardwick Social Club retained the FA Sunday Cup with a 2-0 win in extra time against Gym United from the Bury St Edmunds Sunday League at Bramall Lane Sheffield.  Hardwick Social Club dominated the game having the superior possession as Gym United looked to defend and try and catch them on the break.  The best chance of the first half fell to James Ward on 32 minutes when Chris Stockton broke down the left he found James Ward in the area and his shot produced a fine save from the Gym United goalkeeper.  The second half continued in the same vein with Hardwick Social Club pressing for the opening goal but being restricted to shots from outside the box or when in the box failing to shoot or seeing the shot blocked.  With the scores level the game went into extra time and the first period produced nothing.  In the second half of extra time Hardwick brought on Joe Posthill for Chris Stockton on 108 minutes and within a minute or so Hardwick took the lead when Posthill found space on the left and crossed into the box and an almighty scramble ensued and the ball bounced around and eventually found its way into the net bit all unsure if it was a goal or not but the Assistant Referee flagged to indicate a goal and in the meantime Tom Coulthard rifled the ball into the net but the goal had already been awarded. As Gym looked to throw people forward Hardwick Social Club sent on Dale Mulligan to replace man of the match Craig Bishop adding his height and heading ability to stem any aerial attack by Gym.  However a minute later Hardwick broke out of defence and Nathan Mulligan broke down the right cut into the box and laid the ball on for Sonni Coleman to tap into the net and send the Hardwick players and fans into rapture.  This was a well-deserved win and to retain the FA Sunday cup is a huge achievement and only the third time this has been done and the first by a County Durham side, well done to all involved with Hardwick Social Club.

In the semi-final of the John Jackson Memorial Trophy for premiership teams Thornaby Oddfellows entertained Norton Red Lion at Harold Wilson but it was the visitors who booked a place in the final with a narrow 3-2 win thanks to two goals from Matthew Watson and one from Josh Dowsland and for Thornaby Oddfellows the goals were scored by Anton Buchan and Arron Brookbanks.

In the first division leaders South Bank entertained The Dubliners at Harcourt Road knowing a win would secure the title but any other result would allow The Dubliners to take the title.  It was the visitors who dominated and secured a fine 5-0 win to take the title and promotion to the premier division.  Goal scorers were Scott Buckton with two, Tom Atkinson, Arran Scott and Alex Screawn.  Elsewhere Horse & Jockey entertained The George Pub & Grill and ran out convincing 6-0 winners thanks to two goals from Zach Waller and a goal each for Chris Johnson, Daniel Horsley, Mark Sloan and Matthew Snowdon.  St Marys 1947 Sunday travelled to play Doctor McGonigles at Yarm Road and edged a tight game by the odd goal winning 3-2 thanks to goals from Charles Smith, Chris Taylor and Liam Bendelow whilst for Doctor McGonigles Chrissy Skipper and Sean Mawson were the scorers.

In the second division Stillington The Royal were away to Marton Rovers but the game was played at Stillington and the Royal ran out 3-1 winners with two goals from Andrew Blackburn and one for Gary Wilkinson whilst for Marton Rovers it was an own goal.  Fornaby are fourth following a narrow 2-1 win against The Griffin with goals for Harry Stevenson and Wayne Flanagan and for The Griffin Sean Scott was the scorer.  Stockton Sun Inn had a convincing 7-0 win away to Storytellers United thanks to four goals from Jamie Roberts and one each for Daniel McLay, Luke Croft and Jordan Auckland.  TS1 Tees Valley had a narrow 2-1 win at home to Riverside with goals from Connor Bagan and Yusuf Benomran and for Riverside Thomas Waters scored the only goal.  Nifco entertained Eaglescliffe and the teams shared eight goals but Nifco edged the game 5-3 with two goals from Daniel Finn and one apiece from Michael White, Jack Hart and Daniel Lithgow, whilst for Eaglescliffe the goals came from Andrew Geddes, Tommy Leech and Martin White.


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Match Report 22 April 2018


In the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy third round outstanding tie premiership Portrack entertained second division Storytellers United at Tilery and it was the second division side who stunned the premiership side taking an early lead then building upon this to establish a 3-0 lead thanks to two goals from Shaun Baker and one from Michael Ibbotson.  Portrack scored a late consolation through Ben Turner but could not turn the result around and Storytellers United progress to the semi-final and a meeting with Wolviston The Wellington.

In the Steven Wells Memorial Trophy second round tie Riverside entertained Stillington The Royal in an all second division clash at Tilery, Riverside led 1-0 thanks to an own goal and going into the final minute when Stillington The Royal grabbed a late equaliser through Chris Upton.  The game was settled on penalties with Stillington The Royal winning 5-4 and progression to round three.  In the third round of the Steven Wells Memorial Trophy there was an all first division clash between Billingham Cowpen Club and the holders The Dubliners and it was The Dubliners who progressed with a convincing 6-1 win thanks to a hat-trick for Brian Johnson and a goal apiece from Arran Scott, Charlie Iveson and Matthew Baike-Ghazvini.  Elsewhere Stockton Sun Inn travelled to meet fellow second division side Eston & Normanby Social Club and it was the visitors who came out on top 9-3 thanks to a hat-trick from Jamie Roberts and a goal each from Jordan Auckland, Carl Stonehouse, Daniel McLay, Lee Bolam, Luke Croft and Luke Irish.  For Eston & Normanby Social Club the goals came from Aaron Norman, Andrew Douglas and Nicholas Lappin. 

In the Premier Division Hardwick Social Club regained top spot following a narrow 1-0 victory against Norton George & Dragon whilst their closest rivals Wolviston The Wellington were held to a 2-2 draw by Billingham The Merlin.  The only goal of the game saw Jamie Owens come off the bench and score the winning goal in a tight affair.  Wolviston The Wellington entertained Billingham The Merlin in a local derby and honours were shared in an entertaining 90 minutes with a draw a fair result.  Billingham The Merlin started brightly and were the better side for 15 minutes after that Wolviston The Wellington got a foothold and played their game Adam Johnson scoring from a goalmouth melee following a corner then Stewart Bath scored a second from a 22 yard free kick to put Wolviston The Wellington 2-0 up going into the break.  All credit to Billingham The Merlin who came back strongly in the second half reducing the arrears then scoring the equaliser the goals coming from Mikey McGee who scored both the goals for Billingham The Merlin.  Play switched from end to end with Merlin keeper Spencer Nicholson making an excellent save to keep the scores level.  Thornaby Oddfellows are enjoying their best season in the top division and moved up to second place following their 7-3 win against Norton Red Lion with two goals each from Anton Buchan and Matthew Martin plus a goal each from Arron Brookbanks, Bradley Murray and Samuel Wilson whilst for Norton Red Lion Ryan Watson scored twice plus one from Charlie Inman.  Village Park Rangers recorded their first win of the season against Thornaby Village in what has been a difficult first season in the premier division winning by the odd goal in five.  Scorers for Village Park Rangers were Karl Charlton with two and one for Callum McNally whilst Harrison Davies scored both of Thornaby Village’s goals.

In division one leaders South Bank entertained bottom of the table The George Pub & Grill and had to settle for a narrow 1-0 victory to keep their title hopes alive the only goal of the game coming from Matthew Hammerton.  Billingham The Kings and PH Elmtree shared six goals and a point each when the met last Sunday with Daniel Docherty scoring twice and Peter Holtham once for Billingham The Kings and for PH Elmtree Chares Corden, Michael Thurston and Rhys Greenwood were the scorers.  Thornaby Roundel entertained Norton Unicorn at Thornaby Academy but slipped to a 5-2 defeat Adam Walton with two goals for Norton Unicorn and one each from Gary Smith, Thomas Sweeney and Luke Puggmur whilst Mark Campbell and Ryan Harker replied for Thornaby Roundel.

In division two leaders Billingham The Lion were away to bottom of the table Eaglescliffe and came away with a 7-0 win with a hat-trick apiece from Bradley Heads and Gareth Brown plus one goal for Daniel Sawdon. Fornaby were3-1 winners against Norton Unicorn thanks to two goals from Daniel Frost and one from Peter Cardwell whilst Martin Kilburn replied for Nifco.  Marton Rovers were away to Thornaby Sports & Leisure and following a run of good results slipped to a narrow 4-3 defeat their goals coming from Andrew Townsend, Hayden Moody and Kristofer Smith.


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Match Report 15 April 2018


Premier Division leaders Wolviston The Wellington entertained Hardwick Social Club last Sunday and having suffered a 3-1 midweek defeat against JFC United then Hardwick Social Club were looking to get back into the title race.  They started brightly and took the lead on seven minutes when James Risbrough broke down the left wing and cross where it was met and headed home by Steven Roberts.  Hardwick Social Club continued to dominate the game with Wolviston The Wellington trying to catch them on the break but the score remained at 1-0 until half time.  In the second half Hardwick Social Club extended their lead on 58 minutes when Jamie Owens cross found Chris Stockton who headed home.  Ten minutes later Wolviston The Wellington had a great chance to pull a goal back when a free kick into the box was fired over the bar from five yards.  A minute later and Hardwick Social Club made it 3-0 when a short corner was played to Chris Stockton and his cross found Andrew McGirr who headed home.  Billingham The Merlin were 5-3 winners at home to Norton Red Lion thanks to goals from Anthony Bell, Thomas Cole, James Morgan, Bradley Thackeray and James Barnett whilst for Norton Red Lion Liam Robson, Ryan Watson and Matthew Watson were the scorers.  Thornaby Oddfellows entertained Norton George & Dragon and ran out 4-2 winners with goals from Anton Buchan, Stephen Preston, Bradley Murray and Samuel Wilson and for Norton George & Dragon Joel Callender and Liam Blyth were on target.

In Division One South Bank had a narrow 3-2 win at home to St Marys 1947 Sunday with goals from Paul Jack, Graeme Watson and Curtis Blair and for St Marys 1947 Sunday the scorers were Chris Taylor and Steven Brown.  PH Elmtree were 3-0 winners at home to The George Pub & Grill with all three goals coming from John James.  Market Tavern switched their game to High Grange in order to get their game against Billingham The Kings played but they went down 4-3 in the end.  Scorers for Market Tavern were Christopher Fairless with two and one for Thomas Brown whilst Ashley Lavan scored twice for Billingham The Kings plus a goal each from Leighton Harbron and Peter Conway.  

Billingham The Lion appear to be running away with division two their latest win was a 6-1 victory against Fornaby with two goals for Billy Crookston and one goal each for Adam Johnson, Gareth Brown, Bradley Heads and substitute Josh Madden, whilst Ahmed Mitoubsi replied for Thornaby.  The Griffin entertained Riverside and were rewarded with a narrow 2-1 win thanks to goals from Michael McGouran and Sean Scott.  Marton Rovers continued their recent fine form with a 5-1 win away to Eaglescliffe with two goals from Andrew Townsend and a goal each from Adam Finnigan and Kalab Yohans plus an own goal and for Eaglescliffe Adam Thompson was the scorer.  Thornaby Sports & Leisure switched their game from Harold Wilson to Harcourt Road following the recent rain to play Eston & Normanby Social Club and they ran out 3-1 winners with goals from Anthony Wood with two and one for Michael Tye and for Eston & Normanby Social Club James Morgan was the scorer.

In an outstanding first round tie in the Steven Wells Memorial Trophy Stillington The Royal entertained Thornaby Roundel and this turned into a nine goal thriller with Stillington The Royal coming from behind to seal the victory, scorers for Stillington The Royal were Billy Thomas (2), Mark Ferguson, Andrew Blackburn and Callum Hares and for Thornaby Roundel Daniel Longley scored a hat-trick plus one goal for Joe Canwell.  In a second round tie The Dubliners came from behind to beat Nifco 3-1, Tom Atkinson scored twice plus one for Matthew Robson after Sean Fowler had given Nifco the lead.  Stockton Sun Inn were 4-3 winners in their outstanding second round tie against RSD with goals from Jamie Roberts (2), Carl Stonehouse and Daniel McLay and for RSD Liam Davis scored twice and Paul Roach once.


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Match Report 8 April 2018


In the Steven Wells Memorial Trophy Third round tie first division South Bank were away to second division leaders Billingham The Lion at Stockton Bede College and it was the home side who got off to a flying start, they missed a golden opportunity when Billy Crookston fired over the bar when the goal was wide open, however he quickly made amends scoring one of four goals in the first half the others coming from Lee Burrell with two and Gareth Brown,  South Bank pulled a goal back in the second half through Darren Morrison but two further goals from substitutes Andy Rowney and John O’Callaghan gave the second division side a comprehensive victory.  In a second round tie first division St Marys 1947 Sunday were at home to second division Eston & Normanby Social Club and it was the visitors who came out on top winning 3-1 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.  St Marys 1947 Sunday goals came from Chris Taylor and Jack Sedgwick whilst for Eston & Normanby Social Club James Morgan and Raphael Harrison were the goal scorers.

In the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy third round Norton Red Lion entertained Wolviston The Wellington in an premiership tie and the game had everything, goals, extra-time, penalties and sending offs.  Norton Red Lion opened up like an express taking the lead after 90 seconds but Wolviston The Wellington fought back and grabbed an equaliser before Norton Red Lion once again took the lead, Wolviston The Wellington hit back again for 2-2 and only 25 minutes gone.  This was a cracker of a game end to end with chances for both sides; Wolviston The Wellington missed a penalty before half time.  A goal apiece in the second half saw the tie go to extra time and no further goals saw the game decided by penalties, Wolviston The Wellington scoring all five and Norton Red Lion missed their fourth penalty to lose 5-3.  Scores for Norton Red Lion were Ryan Watson with two and Matthew Thomas whilst for Wolviston The Wellington the goals came from Nathan Bayes, Anthony Able and Aaron Ptohopoulos.

In the John Jackson Memorial Trophy second round Billingham The Merlin entertained Thornaby Oddfellows and it was the visitors who progressed to the semi-final with a 4-1 win thanks to goals from Benjamin Kerry with two and one apiece for Samuel Wilson and Stephen Brookbanks, Elliot Pledger replied for Billingham The Merlin.

There was only one fixture in the Premier Division which saw Norton George & Dragon entertain Village Park Rangers and it was the home side that came out on top by the odd goal in five.  Scorers for Norton George & Dragon were Joel Callender who scored twice plus one from Liam Blyth and for Village Park Rangers Callum McNally scored both the goals.

In Division One with South Bank on cup duty The Dubliners extended their lead at the top of the table following their 4-0 home win against Market Tavern with goals from John Brown, Liam Wild, Matthew Robson and Tom Atkinson.  Billingham The Kings are up to third place following their 5-0 win away to Doctor McGonigles thanks to a hat-trick from Jonathan Casson and a goal each from Ashley Lavan and Peter Conway.  Norton Unicorn slipped down to fourth place following a narrow 4-3 defeat at home to PH Elmtree their goals from Wayne Simpson with two and one from Ben Simpson and for PH Elmtree John James scored all four goals.  Two side towards the bottom of the table Horse & Jockey and Thornaby Roundel met at Grangefield and it was Horse & Jockey who came out on top and move above their opponents on goal difference following a 3-1 victory.  Ian Jordan, Chris Johnson and Matthew Snowdon were the scorers with Matthew McGee replying for Thornaby Roundel.

In Division Two RSD had a narrow 3-2 win away to TS1 Tees Valley thanks to two goals from Liam Davis and one from Reyadh Abbas and for TS1 Tees Valley Mark Banks-Hobson and Paul Banks-Hopson were the scorers.  With their pitch at the Acorn Centre declared unfit Marton Rovers switched their game to Bede College 3G pitch against Stockton Sun Inn and were rewarded with a narrow 5-4 win after being 4-2 down.  Two goals from Kalab Yohans, and a goal each from Andrew Townsend and Ryan Connelly plus an own goal and for Sun Inn Nathan Webster scored twice plus one each for Carl Stonehouse and Jamie Roberts.

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Match Report 25 March


Hardwick Social Club reached the final of the FA Sunday Cup for the second year in a row following a hard fought victory against New Salamis whom they defeated in last year’s final on penalties, this time the game was settled without penalties as Hardwick Social Club won 2-1.  Salamis from London have a rich pedigree on the football scene and indeed have won the trophy a couple of years ago.  Hardwick had a number of Stockton Town players in their squad and the standard of football was more like a step 4 game.  So to the game and Hardwick Social Club were quick out of the traps and with salamis struggling to put much together it was no surprise when Hardwick took the lead when a turn of pace from Chris Stockton cutting in of the left hand side of the box saw his legs clipped and the referee had no doubt pointing straight to the spot on 20 minutes.   James Ward lined up the spot kick and although the keeper got a hand to it there was too much power on it for him to keep the ball out of the net and Hardwick held onto the lead up to half time.  After the break Salamis came out and tried to get back into the game but Hardwick defended well with Craig Bishop outstanding and frustrating the Salamis attack.  Hardwick then doubled their lead when Steven Roberts headed home to make it 2-0 on 77 minutes.  New Salamis pulled a goal back on 83 minutes and this set up a frantic and nervous finale but Hardwick Social Club held firm to progress to the second FA Sunday Cup final which is against Gym United F.C from Bury St Edmunds on the 29 April at Bramall Lane.  This was a superb game up to a very good standard that in the end saw the right result with Hardwick having another trip out towards the end of the season as they look to retain the FA Sunday Cup.

In Division One the top two side both won on Sunday with The Dubliners still leading the way following a 5-2 win away to The George Pub & Grill with goals from Brian Johnson, John Brown, Matthew Robson and two from substitute Tom Atkinson, Dean Hunt and Anthony Hollinshead replied for The George Pub & Grill.  Meanwhile South Bank recorded a 7-2 win at home to Market Tavern with goals from Mark Ward (2), Darren Morrison (2) and Graeme Watson (2) and one from Declan Morrison.  For Market Tavern Dominic Halliday scored both of the goals.  Elsewhere Norton Unicorn had a narrow 1-0 win at home to St Marys 1947 Sunday thanks to the only goal from Robert Walton.  Horse & Jockey entertained Billingham The Kings but it was the visitors who ran out 7-2 winners thanks to two goals each from Ashley Lavan, Peter Matthews and Sean Griffiths with one from Matthew Ford, whilst for HJ Brad Highfield and Tom Beattie were the scorers.

In Division Two the leaders Billingham The Lion were at home to The Griffin and ran out 7-1 winners with four goals from Gareth Brown and a goal apiece from Billy Crookston, Liam Graham and Matthew Osmond and for The Griffin Darren Best was the scorer.  Second placed Stillington The Royal were away to bottom of the table Eaglescliffe who put in a creditable performance before losing out by the odd goal in five.  For Stillington The Royal the goals came from Andrew Blackburn, Billy Thomas and Norman Fowler with Martin White scoring both of the Eaglescliffe goals.  Third placed RSD slipped to a 2-1 defeat away to Thornaby Sports & Leisure whose goals came from Michael Tye and Steven Aithwaite and Liam Davis scored for RSD.   Nifco switched their game from Conyers to Harcourt Road for their game against Eston & Normanby Social Club and came out on top winning 4-3 thanks to two goals from Dylan Dawson and a goal each from Daniel Lithgow and Jack Hart whilst James Morgan scored twice and Raphael Harrison once for Eston & Normanby Social Club,  Storytellers United travelled to Middlesbrough to play Marton Rovers and came away with a 5-3 victory thanks to two goals each from Jason May and Shaun Baker and one from Jonathon McLone while Andrew Townsend scored twice for Marton Rovers plus one from Kevin Young.  The final game saw a goalless draw between Fornaby and Stockton Sun Inn.

In the John Jackson Memorial Trophy second round Wolviston The Wellington progressed to the semi-final with a 3-0 home win against Thornaby Village with goals from Bryan Stewart, Nathan Bayes and Stuart Bath.  Meanwhile Norton Red Lion booked their place in the semi-final with a narrow 2-1 home win against JFC United with goals from Matthew Watson and substitute Matthew Thomas whilst Philip Otele scored for JFC United.

In the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy third round first division PH Elmtree hosted premiership Thornaby Oddfellows and it was the premiership side who came out on top winning 6-3 thanks to two goals each from Benjamin Kerry, Bradley Murray and Richard Robinson and for PH Elmtree John James scored twice plus one for Jackson Lawson.

In the Premier Division there was only one fixture due to all the cup games and this saw Norton George & Dragon entertain Billingham The Merlin and they ran out 3-1 winners with goals from Gavin Simcox, Paul Cleary and Christopher Atkinson with Bradley Thacheray replying for Merlin.


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Match Report 11 March 2018


Only six league fixtures and two North Riding County Cup games were possible last Sunday due to heavy rain wiping out most fixtures.  In an effort to have the game played Stockton Sun Inn switched their division two fixture from Tilery against Billingham The Lion to the 3G pitch at Bede College Billingham.  The Sun Inn had a number of chances to score in the first half but failed to take them and a single goal from Billy Crookston gave Billingham The Lion a narrow 1-0 and maintain their 100% league record.  The other two games played in division two ended as draws TS1 Tees Valley entertained Fornaby but switched their game to Middlesbrough College 3G from Harcourt Road and the teams shared four goals.  TS1 Tees Valley goals came from Arafat Ali and Isam Benomran and for Fornaby Andy Morgan and Jake Walker were the scorers.  The other fixture was played at Tilery where Riverside entertained Eaglescliffe and the game ended 1-1 with Lee Miller scoring for Riverside and Louis White for Eaglescliffe.

In division one The Dubliners continue to lead the way as they recorded a 3-0 win against bottom of the table The George Pub & Grill thanks to goals from Brian Johnson, Alex Screawn and substitute Tom Atkinson.  Meanwhile second placed South Bank had a narrow 3-2 win away to St Marys 1947 Sunday thanks to goals from Anthony Gregory, Graeme Watson and Darren Morrison whilst for St Marys 1947 Sunday Chris Taylor scored both of the goals. 

There was only one game in the Premier Division which saw Norton Red Lion entertain Norton George & Dragon with the game switched from Norton to North Shore 3G and it was Norton Red Lion who edged the game by the odd goal in three thanks to goals from Ryan Watson and Ryan Rudd with Carl Kennedy replying for Norton George & Dragon.

Both of the league’s representatives in the semi-final of the North Riding Sunday Challenge Cup travelled to play opposition on Scarborough and both returned home defeated, Village Park Rangers going down 6-0 to Trafalgar and Thornaby Oddfellows losing 3-1 at Angel Athletic the only goal coming from Arron Brookbanks.


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