Over-40s League: Rolls raise the Hackles as White and Browell strikes are pegged back

Blue Houe (blue shirts) attack against Redcar Old Boys last weekend. Picture by Tim Richardson

Blue Houe (blue shirts) attack against Redcar Old Boys last weekend. Picture by Tim Richardson

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Rolls-Royce and Hedworthfield Red Hackle deservedly shared the spoils ina Third Division thriller, with both teams having spells on top.

Dave White opened the scoring for Rolls, with Andy Smith equalising before half-time.

Rolls then took the lead, with Wayne Browell coolly slotting home a penalty after a trip on White. Hedworthfield, though, levelled again late, on with a goal from Steve Toop.

Leaders Blue House turned in another outstanding performance to trounce Redcar Old Boys 6-1, helped by another Gary Shields hat-trick.

Tony Young, David Heron and Robert Heaton also notched, with Redcar replying from the spot.

Willow Pond lost 1-0 at home to Hartlepool Stag & Monkey, clearing off the line before going behind to a well-taken goal. Willow were denied a point by a brilliant double save at the death.

Oddies beat Houghton Cricket 1-0, while Washington JFC Biddick Inn pipped Woodhorn Lane 3-2.

Red House succumbed 3-1 to Hartlepool Touchdown in the Premier Division

The Wearsiders were denied by a good save seconds before falling behind and pulled one back from the penalty spot for 2-1 before quickly seeing their hopes dashed by a third Touchdown strike.

Ryhope Foresters beat Darlington Shuttle & Loom 2-0 to stay seventh, while Penshaw Catholic Club were beaten 2-0 at Hebburn Town.

In Division One, Easington CIU romped to a 4-1 win at St Mary’s College.

They got off to a flying start, going two up in five minutes. Man of the match David Banks got the first after being put through by Karl Saxby, then he made the second for David Swan to score from 12 yards.

In the second half, Swan and Harry Garrighan put the game out of Saints’ reach.

Grindon Broadway, in fifth, were good 3-0 victors at North Ormesby Vets, while third-top Wearmouth CW walloped Consett 7-0. Bottom club Dubmire drew 1-1 at Milbourne Arms.

Second-top Washington Sandpiper had to work hard to maintain their eight-game unbeaten run, beating lowly Coxhoe Red Lion 2-0.

Coxhoe had a real go and deserved to be level at the break. It took a beauty of a goal from winger Steve Jones to open the scoring, cutting in from the right and curling a left-footer into the top corner.

Sandpiper increased their lead when sub Justin Kirtley poached a typical striker’s goal, putting away Jones’s cross. Andy Lumsden played a blinder for Washington, with Paul Cleery leading the front line well for Coxhoe. Referee Steve McGurk won praise for his officiating.

In Division Two, high-flying Seaham outgunned Gateshead Rutherford 4-1, Hylton CW defeated Durham Stonebridge 2-1 to move within three points of their third-top visitors, leaders Thornley Celtic won 3-1 at South Shields Catholic Club and Mill View SC picked up a 2-2 draw against Darsley Park.

Oddfellows Arms secured their first win in Division Four at the 11th attempt, beating Hartlepool Greenside 3-1. Colonel Prior lost 6-3 at Stanley Ball Alley, while Ivy Legends stayed third thanks to a 2-1 success against Billingham Vets.

Wearmouth Old Boys succumbed 5-1 at Trimdon Vets.