Over-40s League: Nixon on the Mark to inspire The Philadelphia rout

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The Philadelphia shrugged off the rain and snow to dominate from start to finish in their 8-0 Third Division rout of Redcar Old Boys.

Mark Nixon had a day to savour, pouncing for four of the goals, guiding his side up to third place.

After a number of half-chances, it was no surprise when Phili made the breakthrough. Paul Russell had the ball on the edge of the area and lashed it into the top left-hand corner of the net. That settle down Phili and, after some neat interplay, Nixon was on-hand in the area to rifle home.

Redcar came out for the second half with a different attitude and were unlucky not to capitalise on a defensive mistake.

But the lucky escape only seemed to spur The Philadelphia on and Andrew Bainbridge latched onto a poor clearance and jinked his way into the area to make it 3-0, shooting under the advancing goalkeeper.

Redcar seemed to collapse and three goals were scored in as many minutes, courtesy of another two for Nixon, to give him his hat-trick, and Adrian Hall.

The Philadelphia kept up their attacking formation and, after some good approach play, on the right, a great cross fooled the visitors’ goalkeeper and Mick Pattinson crept in on their blind side to nod home for 7-0.

Alan Jones did well on the left, hitting the by-line and crossing for man of the match Nixon to have the last word, claiming his fourth goal to finish the scoring.

Rolls-Royce played some of their best football this season to clinch a convincing 4-1 win at Sedgefield Black Lion.

Rolls were 3-0 up before half-time, thanks to goals from Micky Atkinson, Neil Thompson and Wayne Browell.

The weather began to turn really bad in the second half, with the rain turning to snow.

Sedgefield pulled one back after a scramble in the box, but Rolls quickly restored their lead with a controversial goal from Gary Barker. The home players believed the ball had gone out of play in the lead-up to the goal, but the ref waved play on.

Leaders Blue House moved four points clear thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 derby triumph against Oddies, the goals coming from always cool George Cassidy and Tony Richardson

Second-placed Wingate Cons twice led but had to settle for a 2-2 draw at battling Hartlepool Stag & Monkey.

Both sides deserved big credit for playing so well in the conditions.

Houghton Cricket held fourth-top Wallsend Winstons 1-1, while Boldon Colliery Tavern stayed bottom after a 4-0 home mauling from fellow strugglers Woodhorn Lane.

Grindon Broadway, despite playing in atrocious conditions with an understrength team, climbed to fourth place in Division One with their 3-0 win at The Milbourne Arms.

They needed only five minutes to make the breakthrough as Darren “Whippet” Cliff scored, with Grindon going on to dominate the first half.

Two minutes into the second half, Steven Whitehead made it 2-0, with a brilliant 25-yard free-kick into the right hand corner of the net.

Milbourne could not cope and, two minutes later, Grindon made it 3-0, with “Sniffer” Griffiths, after brilliant work by Mooney, giving the goalkeeper no chance.

Grindon keeper Peter Brown made sure of his clean sheet with a brilliant 65th-minute save when Milbourne looked certain to score.

Grindon played plenty of good football, considering the condition of the pitch, and credit was also given to referee Michael Laffey, who had an outstanding game.

Third-top Washington Sandpiper went nap at home to Ferryhill Greyhound and kept up their 14-game unbeaten run.

The first half was quite well balanced, with Justin Kirtley scoring the only goal, following up after Gary Allison’s header rebounded from the bar. Willie Taylor nearly equalised for Ferryhill, but he hit the post.

The second half saw Washington get off to a slick start when Andy Lumsden scored early on, with a great diving header.

Sandpiper then ran awayy with the game when Kirtley and Allison added further goals. Kirtley ended up with a hat-trick when he ran through the Ferryhill defence and finished brilliantly.

Mark Robson was outstanding for Washington, while Andy Mullen worked tirelessly for Ferryhill.

Dubmire’s fourth win of the season, 2-1 at bottom club Coxhoe Red Lion in a relegation six-pointer, saw them climb to fourth-bottom spot.

Fellow strugglers St Mary’s College also won, beating Hartlepool Gillen Arms 3-1 on an artificial pitch after trailing. Two great passing moves brought the final two goals for Saints.

Pelton Crown were pipped 3-2 at Heaton Stannington, who moved top of the table, three points clear of inactive Wearmouth CW.

Ryhope Foresters moved into joint sixth place in the Premier Division thanks to a hard-earned win.

They edged home 1-0 at Penshaw Catholic Club to go level with Red House WMC on 21 points, albeit having played two games more than their rivals.

Tudhoe Black Horse went down 5-1 to impressive leaders Hartlepool Touchdown, after going ahead with a fine chip over the keeper. Bob Smith’s treble inspired unbeaten Touchdown to a 13th win in 15 league games.

Third-top Cramlington Burton House beat bottom club Blyth Sea Horse 2-1, while Darlington Shuttle & Loom held Billingham Swan to a 1-1 draw.

In Division Two, Seaham kept up their promotion push, winning 1-0 at Durham Stonebridge to go top of the table. They are a point better off than Thornley Celtic, but have played three games more.

South Shields Catholic Club were sunk 4-1 at CSSC Darsley Park.

Colonel Prior climbed to fifth-bottom spot in Division Four thanks to a 3-0 derby win over Wearmouth Old Boys.

Wearmouth slipped to the foot of the table as Oddfellows Arms moved above them, on goal difference, after drawing 2-2 at Hartlepool Greenside.

The top two, New Marske Sports Club and Newcastle East End, beat Billingham Vets and Trimdon Vets respectively, to maintain their perfect records, of 14 wins out of 14. Mark Fisher converted a penalty for Billingham , after Nicolae Stanciu was bundled over, in their close-fought 2-1 defeat and they could well have merited a point.

Durham County Strollers are up to fifth after beating Pelton Newfield 3-2.