Over-40s League: Hylton CW go top in style with fourth win on the trot

Grindon Broadway (red/white) take on Dubmire WMC in the Over-40s League last week

Grindon Broadway (red/white) take on Dubmire WMC in the Over-40s League last week

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Hylton CW are the new leaders in Division Two.

Hylton secured their fourth win in six games, and fourth in a row, 3-1 at South Shields Catholic Club, to go top on goal difference from Thornley Celtic and Durham Stonebridge.

Celtic beat Stonebridge to drop the morning leaders to third place.

Hylton’s goal rush took their tally to 19 in the last four games.

Horden Sportsmans are fifth after a 2-2 draw at Blakelaw SC, two points behind Seaham.

Ryhope Foresters rose to sixth place in the Premier Division, after winning 2-1 at bottom club South Shields.

Red House WMC, convincing 3-0 derby winners at Steels King Bros, sit third, four points behind the top two of Hartlepool Touchdown and Marden.

Wearmouth CW regained winning ways to maintain top spot in Division One, with lowly St Mary’s College beaten 3-0 away.

Easington CIU slipped a place to third after being held 2-2 at Ferryhill Greyhound, while Grindon Broadway are just a point behind in fourth following a thrilling 3-2 home success against Dubmire.

Washington Sandpiper climbed to fifth place after crushing North Ormesby Vets 9-1.

The Philadelphia sit in third place in Division Three, just a point behind the top two, after handing out a 6-1 beating to lowly Willow Pond.

The Philadelphia had Willow under pressure from the off, Adrian Hall forcing the ball over the line for a 15th-minute ppener.

Paul Russell beat his marker, advanced into the area and sent the goalie the wrong way to make it 2-0, then star man Andrew Bainbridge added a fine third by half-time.

Ian Pallas ran onto a through ball and chipped Willow’s advancing keeper for 4-0, before Bainbridge scored direct from a corner.

Willow never gave up and Gary Golightly snatched a consolation goal after a rare defensive error, but Phili finished the scoring when Russell converted a good team move for 6-1.

Blue House are level with Phili after cruising to a 5-0 victory at Wingate Cons, who lost top spot as a result.

Oddies were beaten 2-1 in a tight contest at Washington JFC Biddick Inn, while Rolls-Royce went down 2-1 at new front-runners Wallsend Winstons.

Rolls-Royce had the perfect start, going ahead after just two minutes.

Keeper Hall dived full length to tip a shot around the post for a corner, but the flag-kick caused problems for the Tynesiders and, when the ball ran loose, Evans reacted first, slamming home from close range.

Winstons levelled on 62 minutes, Arnott netting in a melee after Hughes’s header beat keeper Buckley and bounced back off the post.

Five minutes later, Winstons sealed the win, with Arnott sending in a pacy, low cross and Buckley, instinctively diving forward in an attempt to clutch the ball, fumbled it to the waiting Rantoul, who converted with ease.

Ivy Legends were pipped 4-3 in an entertaining clash with Stanley Ball Alley to drop to sixth place in Division Four.

Colonel Prior secured their first victory, at the sixth attempt, with a single goal proving enough to beat visitors Hartlepool Vets, with a cross-cum-shot floating into the top corner.

Durham County Strollers stormed three goals ahead before having to hold on to beat Hartlepool Tech 3-2.

Wearmouth Old Boys lost 5-1 to second-top Newcastle East End, while bottom club Oddfellows Arms were beaten 4-2 at third-placed Pelton Newfield.