Wearside League: Atkinson spot on for Horden success

Seaham Red Star Reserves (red/white) battle Stockton Town in the  Shipowners Cup. Picture by Kevin Brady
Seaham Red Star Reserves (red/white) battle Stockton Town in the Shipowners Cup. Picture by Kevin Brady
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Horden CW twice came from behind to defeat Spennymoor Town Reserves 3-2 in a thriller at Welfare Park on Saturday.

With only four minutes of the first half remaining, Michael Hoganson fired Moors in front following a free-kick.

Early in the second period, Robert Taylor levelled, but, for a second time, the visitors went ahead as Ross Morrow chipped goalkeeper Chris Davidson.

Within a minute the scores were again level, with Danny Flounders firing past keeper David Atkinson.

It looked as if honours might be shared, but, just before the end, Horden were awarded a penalty and Darren Atkinson converted the spot-kick to take the Colliers up to sixth place.

Murton still only have two points on the board, but they’ll be encouraged by a greatly-improved performance against Jarrow.

Following a goalless first half when the bottom club were the better team, they deservedly broke the deadlock in the 56th minute.

Several players were involved in the build-up and when Ryan Clish picked up a pass on the edge of the penalty area, he gave goalkeeper Lee Burrell no chance with a clinical finish from 18 yards.

At this stage, Murton sensed they had a chance of recording their first win of the season, but they were denied when Jarrow scored twice in the final 20 minutes.

After 70 minutes, Grant Pressling equalised as he beat goalkeeper Aidan Vout with a well-directed header. Ten minutes from time, he was again on target, driving the ball home to earn his side a 2-1 victory.

There was no shortage of goals in Cumbria where Cleator Moor Celtic blitzed Annfield Plain 9-0.

Leigh Dunn has been a prolific scorer over the years for Cleator and he was again in form, rifling a hat-trick.

Luke Close bagged a brace, with Liam Johnson, Bradley Rooney, Adam Telfer and Reece Hughes adding to the woes of Annfield, who have now conceded 50 times in 17 games.

Top-six sides Hartlepool and Sunderland West End battled it out in the Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup and it was Anth Nelson’s Wearsiders who came out on top - after extra time at Grayfields Enclosure.

Pool’s Carl O’Sullivan had an effort cleared off the line and colleague Lee Jones fired over the crossbar when one-on-one with goalkeeper Neal Bussey

With the referee just about to blow at the end of normal time, Alex Marshall saw his header rebound from the post.

In extra time, West End scored the only goal, with George McCain beating home goalkeeper Callum Hudson.

Seaham Red Star were beaten 4-0 by Stockton Town, who romped into the third round.

The Teessiders – challenging strongly for a fourth consecutive title – went in front with a Stephen Roberts’ header on 15 minutes.

Just before the interval, Tom Coulthard headed over goalkeeper Shay Adamson and then struck the ball into the net to leave the hosts with a formidable challenge

Their hopes just about evaporated after an hour when a misunderstanding in the defence left Joe Wheatley with an easy task to make it three.

With only five minutes remaining, a slick four-man move found Chris Dunwell and he slid the ball past Adamson.

The games at Prudhoe Town and Richmond Town, where Whitehaven and Silksworth CW were due to visit, were postponed because of waterlogged pitches.

Harton and Westoe CW’s fixture away to high-flying Redcar Athletic was also called off when their team coach was involved in an accident on the A19.