SEAHAM Phoenix sprang a surprise to win the First Division League Cup.
Up against favourites Easington Southside, mid-table Phoenix played to their maximum and were rewarded with a well-taken double from David Laing in a 2-1 final success..
Michael Taylor replied for Southside.
Anthony Laidler stood out for Phoenix, with Mark Walker best for Southside.
The race for the First Division’s two promotion places looks like going to the wire, with only three points separating the top four clubs. Shotton Comrades, with games in hand, look favourites after beating Thornley Harry’s Bar 2-1 last night.
Thornley Harry’s Bar moved top with two wins in four days. Dave Jackson and Kyle Middleton saw off Easington HMS Victory 2-0, then they overcame the same side 4-1.
South Hetton Cricket Club, in third, pipped Wingate Grange 2-1, courtesy of Matthew Johnson and Mark Hartley, while Simon Hall replied. The cricketers – beaten 1-0 by Shotton Comrades on Tuesday – face a huge final game against Thornley Harry’s Bar next Sunday.
Easington Southside sit fourth after beating Wingate Grange 3-1.
In the Premier Division, it is neck and neck at the top with Wingate and Seaham The George, with the clubs level on points with two matches to play.
Wingate went top, and boosted their goal difference in the process, by hammering relegated Horden Comrades 11-0. Four-goal Dean Fox, Johnny Briggs (3), Philip Hickman (2), Craig McManus and Richard Carr did the damage.
The George dropped to second place after being held 1-1 by Horden CW Supporters Club, with Thomas Hobkirk and sub Gary Tough the marksmen.
Wingate face away matches at Hetton The Tuns and Easington CIU, while The George visit Murton Park View and host Peterlee Helford United.
Michael Cain’s hat-trick, along with two goals from sub Anthony Cook, enabled Peterlee Helford United to stay third following a convincing 5-1 win against relegated Peterlee Catholic Club. Shane O’Brien responded.
In Division Two, Michael Boardman’s four-goal salvo paved the way for champions Shotton Builders Warehouse to outgun Easington Half Moon 6-2. Karl Garside and sub Peter Sheavils also notched, while Calvin Fahey and Stephen Wells replied.
Wingate Plough Inn maintained their promotion aspirations when they pipped Acre Rigg Celtic 3-2. Chris Anderson and Graeme Coxon replied to strikes from Wilson, Gorton and Devine.
Andy Readymarcher was the hero as NSCC beat neighbours Seaham Marlborough 1-0, while two-goal Andrew Johnson and Luke Wilson steered New Seaham Mallard home 3-1 against Hetton Fox and Hounds.
The Tommy Burrell Memorial Cup final will be contested by Premier side Easington CIU and First Division title chasers Shotton Comrades.
Comrades caused a big upset when they pipped Seaham The George 2-1, with Connor Beeston’s brace doing the damage, while Michael Wilson responded.
Easington CIU had Sean and Gary McAndrew to thank for a 2-0 victory over Easington Welfare.