Over-40s League: No doubting Thomas as Penshaw close in on promotion

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PENSHAW Catholic Club took another step towards promotion with a convincing 3-1 victory over Grindon Broadway in Division One.

The table-toppers took the lead after 15 minutes when Peter Elliott headed in at the back post.

Grindon did equalise against the run of play early in the second half, but Penshaw responded with a header from John Kelly. They finished the game off with a great goal from Henry Thomas.

Martin Cowell was Penshaw’s star man.

Ryhope Foresters handed out the biggest defeat of the season to Hartlepool Gillen Arms with a 3-0 away triumph, with a 25-yard screamer the goal of the game.

Dubmire’s survival chances suffered a blow with a 3-2 loss to Wallsend Community.

Wearmouth CW maintained their relentless push for the Division Two title, edging home 1-0 at gallant Wingate Cons, who fought well but succumbed to a 15th-minute strike.

Hylton CW cruised to an impressive 4-0 win at Humbledon & Plains Farm, who dropped from second place to third, while North Ormesby Vets rose to second with a 2-1 success at Seaham.

Houghton Cricket Club moved off the bottom, leapfrogging inactive Blue House, thanks to a 2-1 defeat of Durham Stonebridge.

Relegated Easington CIU produced their best of the season in beating Blyth Sea Horse 4-0 in the Premier Division.

Tigger Lyons’ penalty, after Norman Hird was brought down by the keeper, separated the teams at half-time.

For the second, Anth Ward’s 20-yarder was parried and Hird reacted quickest to slot home.

Hird was instrumental in the next two goals too. He latched on to Davy Banks’ lob forward to make it 3-0, and crossed for Ward to tap in.

Red House WMC stayed fifth after losing 3-1 at fourth-top Salvin Arms.

Horden Sportsmans won the battle of the top two in Division Three 2-1 to depose leaders Thornley Celtic.

Horden started well but squandered a few chances, with Thornley’s keeper pulling off some good saves, but he made a dreadful mistake and Lee Davis capitalised to put Horden in front.

Celtic levelled with a great strike, but Horden battled away and got their reward when man of the match Billy Scott slotted the winner.

Boldon Colliery Tavern romped home 9-0 at bottom club Hartlepool Greenside.

Lowly Colonel Prior secured a 3-1 win over Heighington Bay Horse in the only Fourth Division game.

Mill View WMC’s Echo Cup hopes were dashed by a 2-0 quarter-final defeat to Wallsend Winstons.

The game suddenly broke into life in the second half when Clifton Thompson was fouled in the box and Mill were awarded a penalty, but the keeper made a fine save. Mill went down to 10 men with a red card for a foul and Winstons capitalised, bundling home a free-kick.

They added a killer second goal on the break, late on.

Winstons meet Shildon Grey Horse in their semi-final, while Willow Pond, fine 3-2 winners at Richmond Town, face Washington JFC Biddick Inn, who edged home 1-0 at Felling Fiddlers Three.

Fourth Division champs Oddies outgunned Waldridge Park 5-1 to seal a Billy Lorraine Cup semi against Woodhorn Lane.

Ralph Dodd’s early opener was added to by Rowntree, then Dodd made it three before half-time. Colin Cowen hit a fourth before star man Dodd completed his hat-trick.

Chaplins sank Ivy Legends 3-0 and now face Rolls-Royce, 5-3 victors at Newcastle East End, in an all-Sunderland semi.

Cramlington Burton House claimed the first silverware of the Over-40s season, lifting the Kip Watson Villa Real Cup after a 2-1 win over Hartlepool Touchdown at Wearmouth CW.

Robert Baxter broke quickly to score Cramlington’s opener from a narrow angle, but Scott Newbegin equalised from 10 yards after a Smith lay-off.

Cramlington won it when Baxter’s shot across the goal deceived the goalkeeper and went in at the far corner.

Craig Melrose from Cramlington was man of the match.

The sides meet again at Herrington Burn YMCA in tomorrow’s Robson-Pattison Memorial Cup final (10.30am).