Over-40s League: Kirtley doubles up to make sure of Sandpiper success

Red House WMC (yellow shirts) take on Hartlepool Touchdown in the Over-40s League earlier this season
Red House WMC (yellow shirts) take on Hartlepool Touchdown in the Over-40s League earlier this season
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Washington Sandpiper progressed in the Kip Watson Villa Real Cup with a 4-0 win over St Mary’s College.

Sandpiper, kicking with the wind in the first half, capitalised on their advantage when sweeper Neil Emmerson hit a 35-yard screamer into the top of the net.

That was followed by a Gary Allison penalty to finish the first half 2-0 up.

Saints’ bad luck continued when goalkeeper Tim Oloman clashed horribly with his centre-half and was taken to hospital with facial injuries.

Washington ran out comfortable winners when striker Justin Kirtley poached a brace to extend their unbeaten run to 12 games.

Sandpiper have sent their best wishes to Tim Oloman for his recovery.

Wallsend Winstons edged through 2-1 against Stanley Ball Alley, having taken the lead after just nine seconds, when an astute pass by Rantoul found Arnott, who had created space with a good run and his early shot across keeper Young flew just inside the post.

Stanley levelled with a 25-yard, low drive, but Winstons won it in the second half when a route one ball from the keeper was anticipated by Arnott and, in space, shot low and hard from an angle across the keeper and into the far left corner of the net.  

Cobblers Hall exited, losing to a Nicky Lloyd volley at Hartlepool Gillen Arms.

Steels King Bros’ troubles at the wrong end of the Premier Division continued in last week’s stormy weather.

The third-bottom Wearsiders fought gamely against old rivals Hartlepool Touchdown, but their hosts moved three points clear at the top of the table thanks to a 6-0 victory in the only top-flight game to get the green light.

Both teams struggled to come to terms with the very windy conditions, but Touchdown were first to settle and Steels needed their keeper to make a fine save to keep the scoreline blank.

Touchdown made the breakthrough from the penalty spot, Andy McKenna netting, and they remained just a goal ahead at the break.

A Steels defender headed a Lee Crosby cross against his own bar as the pressure mounted on the restart, and the visitors were soon 2-0 down as Bob Smith chipped the keeper.

Further goals from Andy Barry (2), Crosby and McKenna sealed battling Steels’ fate.

Only four other league matches were played.

Mill View SC moved up a place to ninth in Division Two, thanks to an impressive 4-1 victory away to Gateshead Rutherford.

In Division Three, Willow Pond were also on the rise thanks to a hard-fought 5-3 triumph at Hartlepool Stag & Monkey. The win lifted Willow to 10th place, eight points clear of the bottom two, albeit having played more games than anyone else in the bottom half.

There were two matches in the Fourth Division.

Mid-table Trimdon Vets and Pelton Newfield shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw, while Shildon Grey Horse climbed two places to sixth on the back of a 4-0 defeat of Hartlepool Greenside.