HOUGHTON made it six wins out of seven in Division Four of the Swinburne Maddison Durham Sunday League, never looking back after taking a 10th-minute lead at home to Witton Gilbert Travellers Rest.
Daniel Grant’s superb strike from outside the box made the breakthrough, and Andrew Brooke made it two just three minutes later before Declan Dresser added a third.
Nathan Brewster’s penalty, after Daniel McBeth was fouled, was followed by efforts from James Carman and Lee McBeth.
Newton Hall Jovial Monk had David Wile on target in a 1-1 draw with Bowburn, while Corey Steel and Tom Wray earned Chester Garden Farm a 2-0 victory at Washington Jays.
Stephen Wood’s four-goal haul led Chester Red Lion home 9-2 in their First Division game at Ferryhill Dynamoes, for whom Stephen Ward struck twice. Assan Mendy (2), Damien Baston, Jack Moon and Jak Penny took Lion to nine.
Steven Graham notched for Ushaw Moor Cricket club, but Gilesgate Moor Queens Head rallied to win 2-1, thanks to Alex Hudson and Robert Cooper.
Belmont The Shoes and Lumley drew 1-1 in an even game in Division Three, with Ben Morgan’s fine opener producing the visitors’ first point of the campaign.
Pittington succumbed 4-0 on a poor pitch away to Ferryhill Community Hub, whose marksmen were Brett Maughan, Christopher O`Hara, Daniel Gilyeat and Jason Leary
Hetton New Inn lost 4-3 to visitors Bede Lodge SC, with David Duke, Patrick Harrington (2) and Sam Bryan doiung the damage. The match could have gone either way, but New Inn were left to rue their misses.
Brandon Sports Club moved within a point of Premier Division leaders Hetton Lyons CC when they outgunned Coxhoe WMC 6-2 in a cracking clash.
Andrew Morris, Mark English, Michael Fort (2), Scott Bryden and Stuart Thompson did the damage, with Adam Strong and Tom Orton responding.
Dubmire WMC were pipped 4-3 by Bishop Middleham in Division Two, despite goals from John Caris and Stephen Donkin (2). John Cook, Jonathan Hornsby (2) and Tom Olley sparked Bishop.
Lee Walker’s 15-yard strike steered Durham County Seniors home 1-0 at Langley Park Rams Head.
Hetton Lyons Cricket Club crushed Houghton Comrades 7-0 in the Durham City Smiles League Cup, with Conor Winter’s hat-trick leading the way.
Gavin Barton (2), Robbie Bird and Simon Ord made it seven.
Houghton Wild Boar All-Stars also won through, beating Quarrington Hill WMC 2-1 in their second round tie.
Houghton keeper Sean Simpson made a couple of super saves in the first half, but Hill took the lead on the hour mark when a right-wing cross was poorly defended and Charlie Fowler headed home.
Boar equalised when Rob Thompson was upended in the box and Liam Lusk coolly converted the resulting penalty. Boar won it in extra time, when a brilliant run out of defence by man of the match Dan Johnston fed Thompson, who crossed for Chris Hutcheon to knock in the winner.
Durham County won 5-1 at Durham Federation in the D&P Trophies Knockout Trophy, with Joseph Jenkinson’s treble added to by Stanley Ogunsuyi (2), with Callum Adamson replying.
Esh Winning Cricket Club had Aaron Jordan, Jason Heslop and Paul Taylor to thank for a 3-1 defeat of Sedgefield SC.
Bowburn Athletic pipped Washington Cricket Club 2-1 in the Stepy’s Coaches President’s Trophy.
The hosts led inside a minute, bt Lee Smith hauled the cricketers level to force extra time, but Richard Brown added to Nick Kitching’s opener to see Athletic through.
Waldridge Park overcame Washington Honest Boy 3-0 in the JD Taxis Guards Cup, with Adam Campbell Bell and two-goal Steven Dobbing on target.
Sedgefield St Edmund’s were taken to extra time before sinking brave New Brancepeth WMC 7-3 in the Castle Insurance Alan Smith Memorial Trophy. Adam Purvis, Anthony Bussey and Chris Dunham notched for Brancepeth, but doubles from Jack Marley and Jonathan Pearson sparked Saints, with Edward Johnson, Kevin Hodgson and Stephen Bagshaw also netting.
Sacriston WMC ran out impressive 3-0 derby victors at Sacriston Cricket Club, thanks to David Wardle, Dean Smith and Gavin Richardson.
Leam Dent and Vinny Gash struck to earn Chilton WMC a 2-1 win at Ferryhill Celtic, with Jason White replying.
Chester Britannia ran out worthy 2-0 winners in a fierce derby against Ouston Cherry Tree, thanks to Joseph Hughes and Scott Hope.