AFC Wearside came out on top in a nine-goal Second Division thriller and they needed the last kick off the game to sink Victory Club 5-4.
Jason Calvert had his shooting boots on and recorded a four-goal haul to inspire AFC. Victory Club were just as good in front of goal, though, and Smiles and Jackson both hit braces to level matters.
But Ben Weighill was on hand to pop up with the Wearside winner at the death.
Hendon made sure they took full advantage of The Dolphin’s lack of numbers – they could only field 10 men.
Dolphin did hold their own, but, in the end, there was only to be one winner. Owens started the scoring with a well-placed penalty and Jake Tyrell doubled the lead with a bulleted header from three yards.
Cummings finished well for 3-0 after good work from Newby. In the second half, Reay got on the scoresheet and Owens hit his second for Hendon’s fifth. Wilkinson popped up with a solitary goal for Dolphin.
The Lansdowne recorded their ninth successive win, 3-1 at Board Inn, to climb into pole position in Division Three.
Tom Smith has got his youngsters on top form and they look favourites for back to back promotions.
John Hope-Hindmarsh had an eventful game; he fired two goals, earned the man-of-the-match award and also saw red. But it didn’t cost his team as McCollin hit the third.
Board Inn managed a late consolation from Jordan Dagg, with Frame star man
Kings Arms endured another heavy defeat, 8-3 to Sunderland Railway Club.
Although Kings Arms have only managed one point so far this season, they still have a great team spirit and management duo Wilson and Lindsay continue to rally their troops.
Railway Club were ruthless in front of goal and, even with Kings Arms having three keepers playing in the game, they still fired home eight goals.
Paul Carr’s class was clear to see as he ran the game for Railway and finished with a goal to his name and was named star man. Thomas Tansey gave Kings Arms’ defence a torrid 90 minutes and hit a treble.
Lindsay and Donnelly replied, but, just as they thought they might get back into the game, Railway fired another four goals thanks to Stewart, Smith, Callaghan and an own goal. Arms did manage a third consolation, after Rob Wilson finished a flowing move.
East Rainton extended their lead at the top of Division Four, as second-top Victoria Gardens were laid low by a postponement.
Lee Gaunt added to his goal tally with another hat-trick for Rainton in a 6-1 rout of Park View, then Anderson hit the next goal.
Park View did manage to respond by producing a good spell of football and Reece Benson duly obliged with a goal, but East Rainton are in fine form and they made sure of the win thanks to further goals from Hotchkiss and Andy Shepherd.
Westmount leapfrogged Wearmouth CW Juniors in their mid-table clash after they ran out comfortable 4-1 winners.
Daryl Atkinson hit a fine double to start things off and Seth Joez hit Westmount’s third before the interval. Wearmouth had James “Jiffy” Dickinson on target to stay in touch, but Stephen Dixon capped an impressive all-round display by beating keeper Crombie with an unstoppable drive for the killer fourth goal.
Saltgrass thought their luck was about to change as they came up against Wear United, who just managed to get their starting 11 together.
Saltgrass thought they would take full advantage, and they led after a scrappy first half, through a Kyle Thompson goal.
But plucky Wear United kept on plugging away and Dan Musther equalised early in the second half. It was back to the old routine for Saltgrass as United got themselves in front when Sam Wade finished to claim all three points.
Rob Thompson earned his stripes for the Vane Arms with a captain’s performance, netting twice in a 4-2 First Division success at the Royal Marine.
Cushingham increased the lead for Vane, but Anth Clifton hit a brace to lift Marine. Dan Foot then saw red for the home team and Vane capitalised to wrap up the game as Edward Wood scored.
Ryhope Top House made things hard for themselves on the way to defeating Pennywell Comrades 4-2.
They had Rhys Tench sent off, but Ryhope were just too strong and ran out comfortable winners as Rob McConnell hit a hat-trick and brother Phil McConnell made it four. Hosts Pennywell managed to find the net in either half, but they were merely consolation goals.
Nathan O’Neill was the toast of O’Brien Waste Recycling, producing a great display and claiming a fine hat-trick in a 3-2 victory over Redhouse Last Orders to move top of the table.
His treble secured the three points, but visitors Redhouse did have a good go and were unlucky not to get more from the game. Marc Moon and Richardson fired past Carl Middlemiss to make it a tense finish, but the home side held on.
Oddies were back to winning ways, beating an impressive Harbour View team 4-2 away from home.
David Snowdon was back on the scoresheet with a well-taken double and finished with the man-of-the-match award. Chris Liddle came off the bench to add a brace.
Harbour View did not do enough to properly test Oddies, but Josh Summerside did his bit with two well-taken goals.
Hendersons Butchers and RCA Grangetown Florists drew 0-0 in one of a few of the games to survive the poor weather.
Neither side could find a breakthrough to take all points. Cassidy and Clarke went close for Butchers, and Place and Norton were denied for Florists and the points were shared. Rob Hall and Brad Forster were the respective star men.