HOUGHTON Wild Boar All-Stars extended their unbeaten run to eight games with a 3-3 Division Two draw away at promotion-chasing Waldridge Park.
Houghton led three times, thanks to two-goal Shaun Corner and man of the match Rob Thompson, but Waldridge equalised each time to avoid suffering a second league defeat, with Adam Bell, Matthew Agar and Dan Barrass netting.
Tom Atwill starred in Park’s defence.
Dubmire WMC romped to a 7-1 derby success against Burnmoor JFC in their bottom-two battle, courtesy of Stephen Donkin (3), James Gardiner (2) and Elsdon Thompson (2), while West Rainton edged a 2-1 victory at Sedgefield SC thanks to efforts from Andrew Marshall and sub Ian Brown, with Jamie Bowes starring. Lewis White replied.
Leaders Durham County Seniors endured a surprise 3-1 defeat at home to Washington Honest Boy.
Cameron Nichol’s hat-trick led front-runners Chester Britannia to a 5-0 First Division stroll away to High Handenhold Bird Inn.
A brilliant first-time strike opened the scoring, then Joe Hughes fired a double, including a penalty, for a 3-0 interval lead. Nichol then completed his hat-trick, converting a Hughes cross before full-back Patterson set him up for an easy finish.
Andrew Dawson shone.
Houghton Chilton Lodge drew 0-0 at Ushaw Moor Cricket Club in a poor game on a bad pitch in dismal conditions which saw rain, sleet, snow, wind and sun.
Neither side managed a shot on target throughout the 90 minutes, though Chilton Lodge had the majority of possession.
Chester Red Lion demolished Gilesgate Moor Queens Head 4-0, with the goals shared around by Keith Lines, star man Richard Beggs, Scott Patterson and Stephen Wood.
Ferryhill Dynamoes had Tom Knight on target in a 7-1 home defeat to rampant Sacriston WMC.
Sam Renwick enjoyed a day to remember, hitting five goals for the visitors, supported by strikes from Daniel Johnson and Lee Renwick.
Fencehouses defied very difficult conditions to edge a scrappy Fourth Division match 4-3 at Bowburn.
The visitors eased 2-0 ahead but appeared to take their foot off the gas as Bowburn fought back well to level. Dan Cummings’ outstanding free-kick got Fencehouses back in front, and they grabbed a late winner after being pegged back to 3-3.
Cummings (2), David Finch and star man Kriss Jobling all struck for the visitors.
Leaders Houghton enjoyed a comfortable 9-1 victory over bottom club Durham Federation.
Lee McBeth, star man Levi Scott, Daniel McBeth and Christopher Grant had them 4-1 up at half-time. McBeth netted again in the second period, with James Carman, Callum Munro, Declan Dresser and Daniel Grant also weighing in.
Newton Hall Jovial Monk slipped up 2-1 at home to Bowburn Athletic, for whom John Poulson and Nick Kitching struck.
David Grindley hit the home consolation, with Chris King and Kyle Quinn the respective star men.
Dean Lawrence and Ben Haddock both notched twice as Lumley Snooker Club routed Chester-le-Street AFC 6-0, helped by Richy Tiffin and an own goal.
Ryan Johnson’s clinical hat-trick was not enough to secure all three points for Chester Garden Farm as visitors Quarrington Hill WMC hit back three times to rescue a 3-3 draw.
In an end to end game with some sloppy defending from both teams, Johnson hit an early opener, but Lee Soppitt equalised, tapping in from 10 yards.
Johnson’s second was cancelled out by Chris Winter, then his third was levelled up by Luke Tinkler in the final minutes.
Bede Lodge Social Club kept up their impressive Third Division form by beating Ferryhill Community Hub 4-2, helped by doubles from David Duke and Daniel Mann, with Chris Laverick man of the match.
Daniel Melvin fired a hat-trick in vain for winless bottom club Lumley, who lost 6-3 at Esh Winning Cricket Club.
Lumley’s Liam Melvin had a penalty saved at 1-0, but Esh deserved their win, with braces from Connor Dodds and Dean Taylor backed by Jon Hodgson and Michael Shaw.
Third-top Pittington overwhelmed Framwellgate Moor WMC 8-3, with star man James Smith (2) and Lewis Coburn grabbing the consolations.
Four-goal Brian Colledge inspired Pittington, helped by doubles from Paul Harbisher and Phillip Harbisher.
Brandon Sports Club convincingly beat East Rainton 5-0 to move within a point of Premier Division leaders Hetton Lyons CC.
They led 2-0 by the break, with Michael Fort and Andrew Morris on target. On the restart, Morris and Fort each struck again, with sub Kyle Tindale adding the fifth.
Sherburn Village, meanwhile, eased to a 4-0 win at bottom club Coxhoe WMC, with Jamie Abbott’s hat-trick supported by a Scott Arnott strike.