Sunderland Sunday League: RCA Grangetown Florists on cloud nine with cup semi-final success
Premier high-fliers RCA Grangetown Florists booked yet another cup final in the Total Sport Challenge Trophy after despatching Sunderland Railway Club with ease in a 9-1 romp.
Hot-shot Andy Place finished the match with a clinical hat-trick before Anth Rogerson replied for Railway.
Florists overpowered the visitors in style as the goals flowed from Mark Robinson, John Turvey (2), George McCain, Tom Hunter and Jonathan Winlow.
Victoria Gardens booked a semi-final slot against Southwick after hammering SR Dons 7-3.
Gardens were 6-0 up at half-time through Liam McBryde’s hat-trick, Alan Golightly and a Corey Bell double.
Dons were given hope after Vics made a few changes and they managed to hit three replies, thanks to Lee McCourt (2) and Michael Young. But Vics had the last word, with Richie Jordan finishing the scoring.
Herrington CW dumped a cocky Myers side out of the Billy Pemberton Memorial Cup, winning 5-4 to book a glamour semi-final against Pennywell Comrades.
Chris Cook, Alex Whitcombe, Chris Bailey and a double from James Morrison showed Myers the door. Myers tried but weren’t good enough, despite efforts from Smith, Palmer and Richardson.
In the league, another defeat for Farra Paragon saw them drop into the Premier Division’s bottom two, leaving them looking at likely relegation.
They have just one game left and trail The Lansdowne and Hylton Castle TWR Group by a point, with their rivals having games in hand.
Ryhope Foresters were in control throughout against Farra and finished 3-0 winners, with Lewis Gibson, Ben Summers and Gavin Nesbitt grabbing the goals.
Micky Woodward shone in vain for Farra.
The Lansdowne earned three precious points from a 3-0 success at TC Plastics to pull away from the drop zone.
Ben Cains scored twice and Dave Vincent hit the third. The league would like to wish Thomas Alderson a speedy recovery from his unfortunate injury sustained in the game.
Southwick moved top with a convincing 5-0 victory over defending champions Hylton Castle TWR Group.
Liam Laidler was unstoppable as he fired four goals, with Dan Martin hitting the fifth. Danni Lay was Hylton’s top man.
Southwick are five points above Victoria Gardens, who have two games in hand, and 12 in front of RCA Grangetown Florists, who have four matches extra.
Star man Bri Carter scored two trademark world-class free-kicks to give Millfield Oddies a chance to beat the drop in Division Three.
But that hope was shortlived as table-toppers Wearmouth overran Oddies with five goals to win 5-2.
Craig Williams smashed home a treble and star man Chris Hollern added a double in Wearmouth’s final league game. They are five points above Park View, who have two games left.