SR Dons’ Craig Watson produced a real captain’s performance as he single handedly dragged his team through to the last 16 of the Durham County Sunday Cup.
After going 2-0 down at home to Hartlepool side Throston Wanderers, Watson took matters into his own hands.
He coolly fired home a well-deserved penalty and levelled things with a superb free-kick. Carl Thorpe got himself on the scoresheet to put the Dons into the lead for the first time, but man-of-the-moment Craig Watson wasn’t finished and he completed a glorious hat-trick with an audacious overhead kick which flew past the visiting goalkeeper to secure a 4-2 success.
Jonny Thompson hit The Ashbrooke’s goal, but it wasn’t enough as visitors Peterlee Helford United ran out convincing 4-1 winners. Scott Hembrough shine for the home side.
Hendon’s County Cup journey ended with a 9-0 defeat at a far superior Middlestone Moor Masons Arms side, recording their heaviest defeat to date. Lee Owens was their top performer.
Premier Division class shone through for Ryhope Foresters has they ran out 3-0 winners magainst Pennywell Comrades in the Total Sport Challenge Trophy. Anthony Young hit a double and Kieran Davies hit the third.
Thorney Close Inn are going through a troublesome period and their heavy 11-2 First Division defeat to Redhouse Last Orders was too much for a few of their loyal players, who may be looking at pastures new.
Thorney could not field a regular keeper and Redhouse were ruthless in front of goal, against a man-of-the-match display by stand-in Steven Page.
Marc Moon hit four goals, Craig Richardson grabbed a hat-trick and further goals from James Butler, David Hicks, Paul Stokoe and sub Simon Fletcher put Thorney out of their misery, with Callum Waddle starring. Thorney replied through Gary Conlin and Kris Johnson.
Stalwart Lee Ellison was star man for O’Brien Waste Reycling with an impressive defensive display in their 4-1 victory at Harbour View.
As Ellison was doing his job at the back, his forwards were doing theirs. David Fairs scored two, then Ryan Tench and Luke Taylor increased the lead. Hot shot Paul Muir hit his customary goal, but it was nowhere near enough for Harbour View.
Willow Pond completed a quickfire double over Oddies with a 2-0 win at Hylton Road.
Oddies were hopeful of a win after the previous week’s performance, but Willow once again ran out comfortable winners, with Connor Gales and Warren Cassap grabbing the goals.
Kevin Sloane shone for Oddies, Mark Cresswell for Pond.
The Royal Marine drew 2-2 with Farringdon Detached in an entertaining clash which produced some great football.
Peter Marshall and Anthony Clifton fired two fine goals for Marine, but Detached had Mark Robinson and Jake Baker securing a point with excellent strikes of their own.
Keeper Mark Robison (Marine) and Chris Bewick (Detached) starred.
Ryhope Top House recorded an easy 4-0 win over Vane Arms, who could not muster a single effort on goal.
Elliot Tench, Michael Eden and a double from Ryan Wood did the damage, with Charlie Taylor star man.
There were chants from the Lakeside SSC sideline of “can we play you every week?” as they demolished hosts Kings Arms 6-1 in Division Three.
Star man Ian Usher grabbed a hat-trick and Kris Keith made it four before half-time. After the break, Kings Arms started well and Andrew Archer fired past Mark Barrass in the Lakeside goal.
But Lakeside punished the home side’s defensive errors and found the net again through subs David Atkinson and Craig Carney to secure the win. Jordan Jackson stood out for Kings.
Washington Colliery adapted to the poor weather conditions better to outgun Mill View CIU 5-1, without much of a challenge.
Colliery could have won by a much bigger margin but for Jordan Colling doing well in the Mill View goal.
Reece Cummings, Andy McIntyre, Chris Bell and a brace from Darren Naisbett beat star man Colling, with Stephen Conlin replying.
In Division Four, Park View earned three much-needed points by outgunning hapless Westmount 6-1.
Park View totally dominated and will feel aggrieved to have conceded. Atkinson hit Westmount’s only goal, but man of the match Reece Benson finished the game on the score sheet for Park View, his goal followed by a hat-trick from Liam Goldsmith.
Mark Conlin and Ryan Goldsmith also notched.
East Rainton moved top after brushing aside Wearmouth CW Juniors in a 4-1 away win.
Star man Craig Hennis started the scoring for Rainton and Lee Gaunt doubled their advantage. Wearmouth called on “Jiffy” Dickinson to reduce the deficit, but Rainton played well and ground out the win as Chris Saunders and Callum Fletcher made it four. Patrick Crombie stood out for Wearmouth.
Hendon came out on top 3-2 in a scrappy affair against Woodlands.
Athletic were comfortable for most of the game but could not find the net, though Martin Hope settled the nerves with a clinical finish.
He doubled the lead early in the second half and better finishing could have had Hendon out of sight.
But Woodlands hit back with a disputed Carl Longstaff penalty.
Woodlands sensed blood and a good move got them into the Hendon box and, after the last defender committed himself, Longstaff fired hard and low past keeper Craig Chapman to level.
Athletic, though, continued to creat chances and Hope was on the end of a great Glenn Bosher ball to slam home from six yards to seal the win.
Millfield Oddies secured a fine 4-2 win at Saltgrass, with the goals shared around by Chris Robins, Jonson McClumpha, sub Stephen Bowley and Dylan Jardin. Michael Sargent starred.
TC Plastics continued their winning streak with another impressive win, 4-1 away to Jolly Potters in Division Two.
Kieron Stoke was the goal hero, netting twice. Paul “Webber” Webster reduced the deficit with a clinical goal of his own, but, in the second half, it was all TC Plastics and they secured the win with further strikes from Alan Tench and Anthony Powell.
Hendersons Butchers came out on top 3-2 in a feisty clash at Southwick, in the only Premier Division game to get the go-ahead.
Southwick have been very keen to try and get one over their rivals, but they still haven’t managed to take maximum points.
Nathan Cummings and Paul Kane scored for the home side, but the Butchers had Wayne Edmundson hitting a brace and Nath O’Neill came off the bench to fire the winner.
Jonathan Carr starred for Butchers.