Over-40s League: Five alive Philadelphia booster in epic draw with Peterlee Helford

The Philadelphia (stripes) battle Peterlee Helford  last week. Picture by Tim Richardson
The Philadelphia (stripes) battle Peterlee Helford last week. Picture by Tim Richardson
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The Philadelphia hit five goals and managed to double their points tally for the season in a Division Two classic.

They shared the spoils with Peterlee Helford in a memorable 5-5 draw.

Alan Jones needed only two minutes to put Phili ahead, latching onto a ball on the edge of the area and beating a defender before scoring from an acute angle.

Phili dominated the first half, but Peterlee equalised in the 39th minute, forcing the ball over the line when a far-post cross was not dealt with.

Two goals in as many minutes put the visitors 3-1 up, but Phili rallied to level with strikes from Steve Hill and Alan Jones.

Peterlee capitalised on another error to go 4-3 up, but Paul Russell’s super strike squared it again. Helford led with a penalty, but Phili secured their point when Mickey Grieves pounced as Peterlee failed to clear a corner.

John Archer (3), Barry Strathearn and John Butterfield netted Helford’s goals.

Mill View SC had the edge in a 3-2 thriller against Darsley Park, with Kev Churchill the man of the match.

Mill View took the lead when Gary Hodgson swept the ball home, finishing a smart move.

Darsley levelled with a second-half penalty, but Mill responded well and deservedly regained the lead when Anthony Hodgson curled the ball into the top corner.

A third goal soon followed, when a dangerous cross was turned into his own goal by a Darsley defender.

Darsley hit a second reply in injury time.

John Hogg Funerals lost 3-1 at Cobblers Hall, while Durham Stonebridge won 3-2 at Hartlepool Catholic Club to stay second.

Washington Victoria Inn were very unlucky to lose 2-1 at home to unbeaten Premier Division leaders Marden, especially as manager Deka Middleton had to play the whole game in goal.

In a cracking game, Marden took the lead after 20 minutes with a John Fitzpatrick penalty when Chris Holtan clipped Geoff Walker on the edge of the box.

Victoria came back well and man of the match Steve Jones crossed for Justin Kirtley to sidefoot home superbly from the edge of the box, levelling at 1-1.

The second half was equally competitive, but Marden took all three points when the evergreen Frank Deverdics headed in a Geoff Allison cross.

Both teams applauded referee Ashley Cooper for his handling of the game.

Wearmouth CW made it six wins on the trot with a 4-0 defeat of Heaton Stannington, lifting them into third place, level on points with second-top Ryhope Foresters, who fought hard for a 1-1 draw at Cramlington Burton House.

Red House WMC secured only their third win, demolishing Darlington Shuttle & Loom 6-1.

An under-strength Penshaw Catholic Club succumbed 2-0 to Hartlepool Touchdown, who ended their run of two straight defeats, despite some fine saves from their keeper.

Lee Atkinson’s free-kick and an Andy McKenna tap-in sank Penshaw.

Willow Pond kept up their upward momentum in Division Three, winning a thriller 3-2 at Ashington club Woodhorn Lane.

Willow’s Gary Golightly should have had a first-half hat-trick but was denied by excellent goalkeeping from Erhan Acar. James Drysdale hit the post for Woodhorn, but Willow struck first when Keith Thompson’s cross-shot could only be tipped in by the keeper.

Drysdale levelled, beating fit-again Willow keeper John Davis, but David Kelly turned on the style to rouse the Wearsiders, and a free-kick, for a foul on him, saw Kit Tipling power home a header to lead 2-1.

Drysdale beat the offside trap to equalise again, but Willow won it when Kelly’s mazy run led to Tipling setting up Dean Cassidy to tap home at the far post.

Third-bottom Houghton Cricket Club picked up a fine point from a 3-3 draw with Durham County Strollers, while Rolls-Royce, still suffering from an injury crisis, lost 4-2 to Richmond Town, who are now four points better off in fourth place.

Richmond played well and were good for a 2-0 lead, but Rolls pulled one back before half-time, when Andy Laidler slotted home after good work Alan Evans.

Richmond restored the two-goal cushion, but Rolls battled on and Ryan Browell tapped in at the back post to make it 3-2.

Rolls were pushing for an equaliser when Richmond killed the game off with a late fourth goal.

Washington JFC Biddick Inn climbed to ninth by beating Stanley 2-1, handing only a second defeat to their visitors, who slipped to third place.

Easington CIU got back to winning ways in Division One, and they did it in style with an 8-1 home win over Yarm outfit St Mary’s College.

Man of the match Anthony Banks, Scott Burns and Lee Jackson all notched braces for CIU, with Lee Stockport and an own goal making it eight.

Hylton CW impressively won 3-0 at fourth-placed Dubmire to maintain top spot, two points ahead of Hartlepool Gillen Arms.

Thornley Celtic could have gone third with a win, but they lost 2-1 to visitors Gillen Arms, managing only a last-gasp consolation.

Grindon Broadway are sixth following their 2-2 draw at Whitley Bay Seahorse, while Seaham Marlborough moved clear of the drop zone with a crushing 6-1 victory at second-bottom Coxhoe Red Lion.

Ivy Legends maintained second place in Division Four thanks to a 2-0 home derby win over improving Wearmouth Old Boys.

Wearmouth showed enough to suggest that their first win can’t be too far away.

Ivy’s tactical switch at half-time paid immediate dividends as Cleugh rattled the bar and forced the keeper into some smart saves before a wicked ball into the box from Mark Banks drifted into the net after the keeper was put off by Pettits’ lunge.

Wearmouth faltered but never gave up and Ivy were looking to wind the clock down before Kenny Smithson pounced in the box to lift the ball high into the net with the very last kick.

Ivy remain behind Roseberry Grange only on goal difference, with the table-toppers beating Trimdon Vets 3-1.

Colonel Prior lost 1-0 at Billingham Vets, while Oddfellows Arms were walloped 6-1 at fourth-top Boldon Colliery Tavern.