Over-40s League: Diving Don sparks Ivy Legends’ rout

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IVY Legends’ improved run continued with a sparkling display in a 5-0 Fourth Division derby success against Colonel Prior.

Mark Don’s brave diving header from Pettit’s precise corner opened the scoring and saw a confident Ivy up the energy levels to grab a deserved three-goal lead by half-time.

Lindsay’s crablike shuffle along the by line evaded one defender and his pull back was crashed into the net by Mark Robson.

Then Phil Boyle surged down the left and produced an accurate cross which was powerfully headed home by Robson.

Alan Jones led the line well for Prior and had one shot superbly saved by Mulligan, but Ivy’s back four, well marshalled by star man Colin Hewitt and “youngster” Paul Vaudrey, combined for a rare clean sheet.

Ronnie Page’s usual energetic performance was rewarded with a well-taken goal and Michael Cleugh’s pace ensured a fifth for a cracking victory.

Leaders Oddies were three up by half-time as they eased to a 4-1 victory at bottom club Hartlepool Vets. Both sides had men sent off.

Fifth-placed Rolls-Royce succumbed 2-0 to Heighington Bay Horse to suffer only their third defeat, while Chaplins fought well for their 1-1 draw at Durham City Strollers. Gary Duffie and Lee Dale twice had Billingham Vets ahead, but Woodhorn Lane rallied to draw 2-2.

Mill View regained top spot in Division Three thanks to a 5-0 drubbing of Hartlepool Greenside, while rivals Horden Sportsmans were held to a draw.

Mill’s pressure told when a Clifton Thompson shot was deflected into his own goal by a defender, with Thompson soon forcing home a second from close range.

Greenside were under siege and two fine finishes from Anth Hodgson and a Tommy McGuinness volley sealed their fate.

Horden Sportsmans, at home to resilient Hartlepool Stag & Monkey, were kept at bay until the 80th minute, when Craig Griffiths got the final touch when a corner caused confusion.

It looked sure to be enough to clinch all three points, but Stag hit straight back with a deflected Jonathon Tones strike. Horden, with Scott McAlinden star man, had a last-second penalty claim rejected.

Willow Pond climbed off the bottom, on goal difference, after sensationally beating third-top Thornley Celtic 3-1. The Philadelphia went down 7-1 at Fiddlers Three, while Hedworthfield Red Hackle and Washington JFC Biddick Inn stayed fourth and fifth respectively, following their 1-1 draw.

Wearmouth CW beat Deneside WMC 3-0 to go four points clear at the top of Division Two, though closest challengers North Ormesby Vets now have a game in hand.

Bottom club Blue House secured a rare point in a 1-1 draw with Houghton Cricket Club, to move level on points with relegation rivals Wingate Cons and North Shields Pineapple, who drew 4-4 with Durham Stonebridge in a thriller.

Humbledon & Plains Farm sit joint fourth after winning 4-2 at South Shields Catholic Club.

In Division One, Pelton Crown cruised to a 7-0 win at Hartlepool Catholic Club, whose cause was not helped by a first-half dismissal.

Grindon Broadway edged a 1-0 success at Gateshead Rutherford to move sixth, while Penshaw Catholic Club, without a game, slipped to third place as Heaton Stannington and Redcar Newmarket both won.

Steels Social Club endured semi-final heartache in the Robson Pattison Cup, going down 4-2 to old rivals Hartlepool Touchdown.

Steels got back to 1-1 and 3-2, scoring from corners, and had an effort cleared off the line which would have levelled it up at 3-3, but Neil Kennedy (2), Lee Crosby and Andy McKenna (penalty) guided Touchdown home.

Cramlington Burton House won the other semi 4-3 after extra time at Spennymoor Salvin Arms.