Peterlee Sunday League: Dawdon dazzler Bird leads way in national cup romp, but holders are next up

Dawdon Welfare Park (blue) power their way to victory over Teessiders South Bank. Picture by Craig Leng
Dawdon Welfare Park (blue) power their way to victory over Teessiders South Bank. Picture by Craig Leng
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Dawdon Welfare Park have been handed a daunting challenge in the second round of the FA Sunday Cup.

The Green Drive side, fresh from mauling Teessiders South Bank 9-3 at Seaham Town Park, must head to last season’s winners, Campfield, from Merseyside, in the next round on November 15.

Robbie Bird led the way with a clinical hat-trick, with Marc Taylor striking twice and rueing a bad miss for his treble. Jack Walker, Kyle Bell, Matthew Mustard and Craig Price were also among the goals.

Liam Houghton banged in four goals as South Hetton Cricket Club defeated Wingate Grange 6-1 to cruise into the third round of the John & Pat McManus Memorial Cup.

Alan Curl and Mark Hartley made it six in the all-First Division tie, while Steve Brown hit Grange’s consolation.

Easington CIU were taken to extra time before coming out on top 5-2 against Hetton The Tuns, helped by two goals from Jonathan Birbeck.

Craig Robinson and subs Rob Huntley and Graham Hornsby also notched, with Matthew Jackson and Chris Hughes striking for Tuns.

Matt Billyard and Glen Francis struck for Easington Southside, however they were beaten 5-2 at on-song Hetton Social.

John Brown kept up his fine form with a hat-trick, supported by Andrew Gelson and Nathan Fannan, with Robert Mayo starring. Darren Massam stood out for Southside.

NSCC saw off Seaham Marlborough 4-2 in their hard-fought derby showdown, thanks largely to Daniel Gibson’s hat-trick.

Dean Andrews also struck, with Steven Newby and sub Liam Gill replying.

Murton New Hesledon also enjoyed derby success, pipping New Seaham Mallard 4-3 after extra time in a thrilling tie.

Alex Hutchinson, Leon Thomas and Ethan McGhin struck for Mallard.

Peterlee Catholic Club were the biggest winners, hammering helpless Haswell Oddfellows Arms 13-2.

Liam Wintrip and sub Ross Stephenson both bagged hat-tricks, while Ryan Brymer and Connor Walker scored two goals apiece.

Jamie Gray, Josh Ridley and Alan Smith also notched, while Gavin Minnis and Scott French replied for Oddfellows.

Easington HMS Victory romped to a comfortable 9-0 victory against Peterlee Oaklands, with Thomas Bott, Nathan Graham and Michael Stuart all striking twice.

James Sanders and subs Dan Brenkley and Sean English completed the scoring.

Shotton Comrades enjoyed an emphatic 8-0 win against Acre Rigg SC, inspired by Lliam Cockerill’s hat-trick. Graeme Johnson (2), Brett Carr, Lee Smith and Lewis Edwards also struck.

Horden CW Supporters Club progressed in their all-Premier tie when Jonathan Monaghan’s goal sealed a 1-0 win against Seaham The George, whose star man was keeper Keegan Ruddock.

Horden Cricket Club are recovering after a poor start to the campaign and they made it into round three when Kieran Gething’s double, plus efforts from Kyle Johns, Shaun Bentley and sub Aaron Watson, outgunned Peterlee Hearts 5-1, with Dave Kember responding.

Brian Harrison notched in vain for Trimdon Colliery Royal Albion as they went down 4-1 to Thornley Harrys Bar.

In the first round of the Bishop Auckland Heart Foundation Cup, Easington Lane WMC enjoyed a comfortable passage, hammering Escomb Saxon 9-0.

Matty Weirs led the way with a hat-trick, backed by braces from John Purvis and sub Kyle Scott, with star man Ryan Taylor and Anthony Drane also notching.

Easington Welfare succumbed 2-0 to Middlestone Moor Masons Arms.

In the only Premier Division match, Peterlee Helford United were held to a 2-2 draw at Murton Park View, who had star man Dave Gordon and Ryan Martin on target. Top scorer Gary Shaw hit both for Helford.

Easington Half Moon only had five players and had to postpone their First Division clash with Wingate Plough Inn.