Peterlee Sunday League: Atkinson doubles up to steer Dawdon into County Cup's last 16
Three league clubs out of four won through to the last 16 of the Durham County Sunday Cup.
And there could be a fourth team involved if Peterlee Helford United beat Hartlepool 3 Lions Sports Dome in tomorrow’s delayed tie.
Dawdon Welfare Park defeated Norton George & Dragon 4-2 in their second round tie, but now face a tricky trip to Stockton Hardwick SC.
Two goals from Paul Atkinson, plus efforts from Craig Price and Marc Ruddick, steered the Green Drive men through, with Robbie Bird man of the match.
Chris Burton and Philip Horsman struck for Norton.
Horden CW Supporters enjoyed a resounding 5-1 win over much-fancied Witton Park.
Braces from Jack Pounder and Robert Taylor were supported by a Michael Robson strike, with Rory Armstrong man of the match.
Easington CIU needed penalties to see off Brandon Sports Club, winning the shoot-out 5-3 after a close-fought 1-1 draw.
Tom Goundry notched for CIU, with Michael Johnson star man.
Easington Lane WMC bowed out of the competition 5-1 to the powerful Stockton Hardwick SC side, for whom Jamie Owens hit a hat-trick.
Jai Young grabbed Lane’s goal, while Stephen Francis was man of the match.
Durham County Sunday Cup, third round draw (ties January 8): Horden CW Supporters v Hylton Castle TWR Bifold Doors, Ferryhill Celtic v Boldon Shack, Newton Aycliffe Locomotion v Gateshead Belle Vue, Consett Cricketers Ex-Juniors or Hartlepool Lion Hillcarter v Hartlepool 3 Lions Sports Domes or Peterlee Helford United, SR Dons v Burnside WMC, Norton Red Lion v Easington CIU, Stockton Hardwick SC v Dawdon Welfare Park, Pelaw Grange Dogs or Grange Villa WMC v Jarrow Robin Hood Perth Green
Wingate Plough Inn reached the Cyril Dunn Memorial Cup final, edging past Easington Welfare 3-2.
Star man Reece Wood, Thomas Young and Jamie Bennett did the damage, with Joe Taboun and Tom Laws replying.
Horden Cricket Club retained top spot in Division Two, as Dan Gething’s hat-trick led the way in a 5-1 defeat of Seaham Parkside.
Shaun Bentley and Liam Rouse also struck, while Stuart Graham hit Parkside’s consolation.
Lee Sennett stood out for Horden, with Matthew Mustard best for the hosts.
Acre Rigg Celtic moved into second place by outgunning Sherburn United 4-1.
Tudor Marcu grabbed a double, with Chris Collings and Matty Pattinson also on target, while sub Joe Wilson notched for Sherburn.
Keeper Damian Price starred for United, with Scott Jackson best for Celtic.
Haswell Oddfellows Arms moved into third place on the back of a convincing 4-0 win at Grangetown WMC.
Callum Raisbeck (2), man of the match Liam Walker and Robert Lewis found the net, with Danny Dixon star man for the hosts.
Hetton Fox and Hounds were comfortable 4-0 victors away to lowly Peterlee Central Club, with the goals shared around.
Jeffery Oseni, Matthew Price, Bradley Wear and John Smiles did the damage, with Liam Branney starring. Michael Robinson was the pick for Central.
Peterlee Catholic Club stretched their lead at the top of the Premier Division table to six points when they crushed winless bottom club Seaham The George 6-0.
Peter Crawford fired a brace, supported by efforts from Liam Wintrip, Chris Edwards and substitutes Josh Ridley and Luke Wallace. Chris Wallace starred.
Shotton Comrades played only their third league match of the campaign and notched their first win.
Michael Boardman’s hat-trick, backed by two goals from Lewis McGeoch, saw off Easington HMS Victory 5-1, with Thomas Bott hitting the home team’s consolation.
James Sanders starred for Victory, with Tony Hewitt best for Comrades.
Peterlee Helford United are up to fourth after two goals from man of the match Karl Garside sparked a comfortable 5-2 success at Murton Colliery.
Gary Shaw, Philip Hickman and sub Dan Reeves also notched.
Hetton Social climbed to fourth place in Division One after handing out a 7-0 hammering to visitors Murton New Hesledon.
Despite a double from Simon Hall, and an effort from Martin Basley, Wingate Grange lost by the odd goal in seven against promotion-chasing Seaham Marlborough.
Anthony Cook and Ryan Martin both notched twice for Marlborough, whose star man was Michael Bacon. Mark Daley shone for Grange.