Over-40s League: Hodgson the hero in Mill View thriller

Mill View's Anth Hodgson (9) hits their winner against Thornley Celtic. Picture by Kevin Brady
Mill View's Anth Hodgson (9) hits their winner against Thornley Celtic. Picture by Kevin Brady
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MILL View WMC moved within three points of Third Division leaders Thornley Celtic by beating the table-toppers 3-2.

Clinton Thompson and Anth Hodgson, who fired the winner at Whitburn, were among the goals for Mill View, who are up to 29 points, although they have played a game more than Thornley on 32.

Horden Sportsmans beat Trimdon Vets 3-2 to climb into third place.

Horden were poor in the first half and trailed to a fine finish, but, at the break, they made three changes and came out for the second half a different team. They quickly got on top and equalised inside 10 minutes, Lee Davis playing a one-two with Tony Pyle to go on and score. Gary Ferguson put Horden in front with a shot from the edge of the box, and then slid in to divert Pyle’s shot into the net fpr 3-1, before Trimdon got a late consolation.

Daryl Burns starred for Horden.

The Philadelphia managed to cobble together 10 fit men – and one who wasn’t – to fulfil their game at Redcar OId Boys. They were caught square twice in the first 10 minutes and fell 2-0 behind.

Phili chased the game, but they were three down by half-time, with an injury to goalkeeper and man of the match John Rowntree not helping their cause.

Phili’s persistence paid off when Mark Nixon forced home a corner. They had a clear penalty rejected and were sunk by further Redcar goals to go down 6-1.

Hedworthfield Red Hackle drew 4-4 with Wallsend Winstons in another thriller.

Last Saturday’s frost took its toll, with only 10 out of 36 scheduled fixtures going ahead.

Five of the games which got the green light were in Division Two.

Hylton CW went down 3-1 at Durham Stonebridge, while Houghton Cricket Club crashed 6-1 at North Shields Pineapple and Blue House shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Coxhoe Red Lion.

Wingate Cons beat 10-man Blakelaw SC 5-1. Kevin Taylor headed home Alan Presho’s corner for the opener, with Malcolm Fallow poking home for 2-0. Graeme Nixon did well in goal to deny Blakelaw as they rallied before the Tynesiders pulled a goal back.

But Wingate finished on top, with Fallow heading in Taylor’s centre then Presho helping himself to a well-taken double.

CSSC Darsley Park edged home 3-2 at South Shields Catholic Club, thanks to Andy Broadbent’s long-ranger right on time. Brian Dolphin and Brian Orton struck for Shields.

The only Premier Division game saw Billingham Town win 2-1 at Hebburn Town.