Wearside League: Famous Horden CW name dies as club decamps to become Darlington 1883 Reserves

Horden CW line up under their original name for the final time ahead of last weekend's game at Sunderland West End. The club will now be known as Darlington 1883 Reserves
Horden CW line up under their original name for the final time ahead of last weekend's game at Sunderland West End. The club will now be known as Darlington 1883 Reserves
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Horden CW are no more.

The famous old club, who were forced to leave their historic Welfare Park home last season, have received permission to change their club name to Darlington 1883 Reserves.

Having been playing at Hartlepool’s Grayfields Enclosure since departing Horden, the team will be moving to a new 4G pitch at Eastbourne Sports Complex in Darlington when it is commissioned on Tuesday.

The league ground grading officers have inspected the facility and pass it suitable for Wearside League Level 7 requirement. Norman Stevens will remain as club secretary.

The club – once home to former Sunderland great Stan Anderson and ex-Leeds United striker Bob Taylor – played their first game as Darlington 1883 Reserves in the TWR Bifolds Wearside League last night, and took Boldon CA to the wire before losing to the only goal, scored by Tom West on 89 minutes.

He fired wide of keeper Connor Pearce, who earlier made three superb saves to keep the visitors level.

Sunderland West End crashed to a 5-0 defeat at Redcar Athletic, who are second-top, now only four points behind leaders Jarrow.

The Wearsiders, though, just about held their own in the first half and turned around only a goal behind.

On 12 minutes, Joe Bennett delivered a good free-kick which was headed past goalkeeper Alan Bate by Lance Skelton.

Three goals early in the second half, however, finished off West End. Andy Jennings drove into the corner of the net, then James Swann curved in a lovely shot which gave Bate no chance of saving.

Worse was to follow for West End on the hour mark. Michael Woodhouse picked the ball up near halfway and went past several players before firing into the net.

Predator Jennings produced another excellent finish for 5-0 on 69 minutes.

Silksworth CW stayed fourth despite losing 2-0 at home to Coxhoe Athletic, who are up to fifth.

The Colliers made the worst possible start, conceding twith only nine minutes gone as Ross Morrow fired past keeper Joe Clayton.

But there was never much between the sides and it wasn’t until the last minute that Coxhoe secured all three points. Morrow was again the marksman.

South Shields Reserves beat Richmond Town 3-1, with Matthew Davidson, Jonathan Hope and James Wilson on target. Kalumn Holbrook replied with a penalty.

Harton and Westoe remain winless and have taken just two points out of a possible 39 after going down 4-1 at Cleator Moor Celtic.

Despite scoring first through Brodie Simpson, the South Tynesiders ended well beaten as Callum Birdsall, Leigh Dunn and Ryan Hall (2) netted.

Prudhoe Town won 4-1 at Windscale with strikes from Derek Waters (2), Stephen Forster and Aaron Fletcher. Steve Walker responded.

Hartlepool’s game at Stokesley SC was abandoned at half-time, with Jamie Tumilty’s goal having Pool ahead.