THE Premier Division title will be decided on Sunday when Wingate and Seaham The George face their last matches of the season.
The pair both won last weekend, to remain level on points, although Wingate have a superior goal difference, six better than The George.
Wingate, thanks to two goals apiece from Peter Crawford and Geoff Bruce, along with an effort from Keith Bailey, enjoyed a 5-0 win against Hetton The Tuns in their penultimate game, while The George also had a five-goal cushion with a 7-2 win over Murton Park View.
Dan McEwen’s hat-trick stole the show, supported by strikes from Mitchell Holman, Jordan Bunts, Stephen Hopkirk and Michael Wilson. Stephen Turner grabbed a consolation brace for View.
On Sunday, Wingate are away to Easington CIU, while Seaham The George entertain last season’s champions Peterlee Helford United.
Wingate have already picked up silverware, last weekend landing the Premier Division Cup with a hard-fought 2-1 final success against Peterlee Helford United. Peter Crawford and Geoff Bruce did the damage, with Gary Shaw replying.
In Division One, the title race is even tigher.
Shotton Comrades, Thornley Harry’s Bar and Easington Southside are level at the top on 46 points, though Comrades have two games to play and their rivals just one.
South Hetton Cricket Club are also in with a shout of landing the championship sitting just one point behind, with one match to go.
Comrades secured a 2-1 win in their crucial clash with the Thornley outfit, thanks to goals from Scot Danks and Lee Smith, although they finished the game with 10 men when Stephen Digby was sent off. Kyle Middleton replied for Harry’s Bar.
Comrades then dropped two points, as Easington Welfare forced a 1-1 draw, with Brett Carr’s strike cancelled out by an effort from Andrew Turner.
Easington Southside kept up the pressure for a promotion place when they won their penultimate game emphatically, crushing Murton New Hesledon 9-1.
A four-timer from Paul Elliott led the way, backed by a brace from Adam Bell plus further goals from Darren Massam and substitutes Dan Appleby and Kieran Purvis.
FC Easington edged home 2-1 against Easington HMS Victory, whose reply came from Ryan Douglas.
On Sunday, the three title rivals are all in action, with Comrades hosting FC Easington, Southside meeting Easington Welfare and Thornley Harry’s Bar heading to South Hetton Cricket Club.
In the Second Division, champions Shotton Builders Warehouse continue to be the dominant force and two goals from John Brown and an effort from sub Dave Wilcox saw them enjoy a 3-0 win against New Seaham Mallard.
Trimdon Colliery Royal Albion, also promoted, had Graham Blakey, Aaron Brown and Brian Harrison to thank for a 3-1 win over Seaham Marlborough, with Connor Patterson replying.
Wingate Plough Inn, who just missed out on promotion, hammered Peterlee Hearts 10-0, with Joe Coulson notching four goals. Dave Cummings, Jack Hart, Nathan Grainger, Tom Young and two own goals did the damage.
Goals from Kieran Mason and Dave Watson earned Peterlee Oaklands a 2-2 draw against Hetton Fox and Hounds, while James Connor and Michael Hardy scored for Easington Half Moon as they were held 2-2 by New Seaham Conservative Club, whose marksmen were Dan Gibson and Martin Hall.
Meanwhile, the league’s annual general meeting will be held in June and officials are looking for new clubs to join for the 2015/16 season.
Any club interested should contact the league secretary, Bob Anderson, on 07718 732270 by May 16.