Whitehills ended leaders Durham County Seniors’ unbeaten start with a 3-2 victory in Division One.
Steven Boroumand volleyed impressive Whitehills in front, but County levelled by half-time.
Both keepers – Stephen Turnbull and David Pritchard – made good saves, but Whitehills took the lead again through two Joe Whelan goals, the second coming from the penalty spot. Strollers cut the gap to ensure a tense last 15 minutes, but the home side saw the game out.
Andrew Ward and Lee Walker netted for County. James Cattell starred for the hosts.
Waldridge Park eased to a 6-1 derby success at Chester Park Inn to go second, repeating the outcome from their first clash a few weeks back.
Keeper Chris Howard made several outstanding saves for Park Inn to keep the score level in the first half, before finally being beaten by Chris Days, who got on the end of an inch-perfect Jamie Taylor through ball and rounded the keeper to tap in.
A minute later, though, Paul Corlett fired an equaliser.
On the restart, Waldridge upped their game and Days made it 2-1, netting the rebound after Adam Campbell Bell’s shot was saved, then Bell controlled a tremendous crossfield ball from defender Matty Agar and made it 3-1.
Days completed his hat-trick after a defensive error, then Steven Dobbing added a superb solo effort before Days netted again, heading home Agar’s strike.
New Brancepeth WMC comfortably saw off Coxhoe Red Lion 3-0 in a game of two sendings off.
Ricky Box notched for Brancepeth and was later red-carded, as was Lion’s Mark Watson. Adam Purvis and sub Robbie Barrass added to the home tally, with Ryan Wilkinson and Leon Greenwell the respective star men.
Premier Division leaders Sacriston Cricket Club turned on the style to put Chilton WMC away in style, winning 8-1.
John Harrison and Michael Frazer both plundered hat-tricks, with Graham Embleton and Rob Draper also netting. Kieran Harnett notched for Chilton, whose heart just wasn’t in it on the day, though makeshift centre-half Nicky Pickford was star man.
Pelton RAOB outgunned Brandon Sports Club 3-0, thank to three first-half goals.
Buffs were the better team for much of the game and their strong side’s attacking threat proved too much for the visitors.
Star man Craig Mickle netted twice, with Matthew Smith also on target. Robbie Shields stood out for Brandon.
Sacriston WMC lost 3-0 at Sedgefield St Edmund’s.
High Handenhold Bird Inn squeezed home 5-4 against Pelton Crown to grab only their second win of the season in Division Two.
Keith Lines netted twice to give Crown a 2-0 lead, but three unanswered goals turned the derby around. Kris Lawton levelled, but Bird restored their lead straight from the kick-off and added a killer fifth goal before Lawton replied late on.
Marc Wood bagged a treble for Bird, supported by strikes from Jonathan Swift and Dan Watkins.
Ferryhill Celtic completely dominated Ushaw Moor Cricket Club to romp home 9-0.
Johnny Agar fired a hat-trick, backed by doubles from Luke Thompson and Shane Todd, while Neal Bell and Liam Pearson also struck. Scott Nattrass stood out for Ushaw.
Pittington took a 2-0 lead inside 15 minutes, but Bishop Middleham stormed back to win a thriller 5-4.
Adam Partington’s double hauled Bishop level, assisted by Kadam Lumsden-Parnaby and Peter Gray, then he completed his hat-trick.Pittington equalised at 3-3 with a 20-yarder in off the bar from Gareth Sheraton.
Partington’s fourth goal and a fifth from Lumsden-Parnaby made the game safe, though Pittington had an effort cleared off the line before they hit a last-gasp fourth goal.
Paul Harbisher (2) and Brian Colledge added to Sheraton’s strike for Pittington.
Ferryhill Community Hub came from behind to edge a 2-1 win over Kelloe WMC, who had debutant Karl Smith on target, with veteran Dave Graham man of the match.
In Division Three, Sedgefield Social Club defended very effectively as they defeated High Shincliffe Avenue 3-0. Andrew Sharp was Avenue’s star man.
Durham Federation cruised to a 10-1 win at newcomers Bearpark in Division Four.
Ben Pearson’s four-goal salvo led the way, backed by Callum Wooler’s hat-trick, with Stuart Ross (2) and Callum Adamson also netting. Dylan Crooks responded.