Wearside League: Harrowing start to new year for Murton

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It was another bad day at the office for Murton, who have experienced a harrowing first season in the Wearside League.

Their fixture at Redcar Athletic was the only one to go ahead on Saturday. How the Colliers must have wished that their game had also fallen victim to the weather!

Redcar, gunning for the championship, simply dictated the match from the first kick until the last as they romped to an emphatic 15-0 victory.

It was Murton’s heaviest defeat in what has been an extremely difficult season, but, to their credit, they continue to field sides and indeed, Brian Maxwell’s men have fulfilled more fixtures than any other team.

Twenty four games, though, have yielded a miserly three points and Murton have now conceded 110 goals – 36 more than neighbours Seaham Red Star Reserves, who have the second-worst defensive record.

Andrew Jennings (4), James Swann (3), Chris Atkinson (3), Lewis Wood (3), Joe Bennett and Michael Woodhouse all beat goalkeeper Troy Baker, who, although conceding 15 times, made one or two decent saves to keep the score down.

Redcar extended their lead at the top of the table to five points, but Stockton Town, aiming for a fourth consecutive championship, have five games in hand. They have dropped only five points out of a possible total of 51.

All the other games were washed out, including Silksworth CW’s Durham FA Trophy quarter-final tie at home to Stockton West End.

A fourth attempt will be made to play the match next Saturday and, as a consequence, Silksworth’s league fixture at Harton and Westoe CW is postponed.