Over-40s League: Wearmouth complete magnificent double as Simpson seals Darsley’s final fate

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WEARMOUTH CW made it a double by landing the Ironside Cup to go with their Second Division title.

The final was a tight affair at Herrington Burn YMCA as Wearmouth were given a huge test by Newcastle team CSSC Darsley Park, who have remained in touch with the leading pack throughout the season.

Wearmouth dominated the early stages and missed several opportunities to take the lead, but they finally broke the deadlock through Lee Walshaw.

Darsley also missed their fair share of opportunities and left it late, with their equaliser coming near the end of normal time, courtesy of Bobby Richardson.

Extra time remained tight, and the final looked sure to go to penalties, but, with a couple of minutes to go, Wearmouth were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box.

Their strike rattled the Darsley Park bar, but, as the ball came down, Stuart Simpson was the first to react and he headed home a dramatic winner.

David Robson was voted man of the match for a tireless performance.

Steels Social Club reversed their recent run of defeats with a 4-0 Premier Division success at South Shields.

Despite the teams beginning the game level on points, Steels started the brighter and a Swales free-kick in the 12th minute was headed wide by Laidler.

Nelson fired wide when in a great position, but Steels kept up the pressure and were rewarded when a through ball from Swales was collected by Cummings, who played it early for Hall to score.

The second half saw Steels keeping the Shields lads under the cosh with some excellent passing and movement and it was no surprise when Hayden increased the lead to 2-0.

Despite one or two half-chances, Shields never really threatened and the game was over in the 75th minute when Clark’s free-kick was converted with a tremendous diving header by Cummings.

To cap a good display Steels finished off when a great through ball from Agnew was collected by Cummings, who squared it for Hall to notch his second of the game to seal a resounding 4-0 result.

Red House WMC finished their season in fifth place with a 2-0 defeat to fourth-top Spennymoor Salvin Arms.

Marden lead the way with 61 points, 10 points clear of Cramlington Burton House, who have five games to play while their rivals have just one. Hartlepool Touchdown, 11 points off the pace, have a glimmer of hope, with four matches to play. Touchdown won 3-0 at Hebburn Town, despite having a man sent off on 25 minutes, with Scott Newbegin firing a clinical hat-trick, including two fine free-kicks.

Ryhope Foresters maintained their push for a top-two finish in Division One when they beat relegation-threatened Dubmire 2-0, but second-placed Heaton Stannington stayed six points betted off by thumping second-bottom Gateshead Rutherford 4-1.

Grindon Broadway pipped Consett 3-2 in a very entertaining game to guarantee finishing no lower than seventh.

Darren Cliff scored with a tap-in after just two minutes, but a misunderstanding in the Grindon defence let in Consett to equalise 10 minutes later.

David Mills restored Grindon’s lead and their good football was rewarded with a crucial third goal on 55 minutes, when Carl Ridley played a ball over the top of the Consett defenders and, from 20 yards, Paul Griffiths lobbed the onrushing keeper.

Grindon continued to dominate, but they could not kill off the visitors, who gained a lifeline at 3-2 on 75 minutes, scoring against the run of play, but the home team held out.

In Division Two, Coxhoe Red Lion climbed into third place thanks to a 5-3 win at a depleted Peterlee Helford.

Lion went two up early on, but Helford hit back on 25 minutes when Paul Watson headed home a fine Brian Esteris cross. Coxhoe scored either side of the break to lead 4-1, but Peterlee responded with two quickfire goals. Man of the match Watson headed in Ian Broom’s free-kick and then completed his hat-trick from close range.

The game was really open as Helford searched for an equaliser, but they got caught out and Coxhoe scored a decisive fifth goal in the last minute.

Wingate Cons struggled to put out a team and, despite a spirited performance, went down 2-0 to North Shields Pineapple. They contained the visitors without creating too much themselves, but they tired in the last quarter and Shields brought on fresh legs to make the difference.

Graeme Nixon kept Pineapple out with an outstanding save before a shot went in off the post. Then a 25-yard thunderbolt sealed the points with five minutes to go. Nixon and David Simpson were Wingate’s best players.

Hylton CW climbed to fifth with a 5-2 win over South Shields Catholic Club, leapfrogging Durham Stonebridge, who were held 2-2 at Cobblers Hall.

Leaders Wearmouth CW won 2-1 at Houghton Cricket Club in midweek, while North Ormesby Vets all but sealed second spot with a 1-0 victory at Durham Stonebridge and Peterlee Helford crushed South Shields Catholic Club 10-4.

Washington JFC Biddick Inn blew a two-goal second-half lead as they drew 4-4 at Hartlepool Greenside in Division Three.

Biddick were one up, then 2-1 down before levelling and then storming 4-2 in front, but they were rocked as the bottom side rallied, equalising with a late header.

Willow Pond edged closer to survival when they held Richmond Town 0-0.

Boldon Colliery Tavern succumbed 4-1 at Hartlepool Stag & Monkey, going three goals down by the midway point of the first half. Boldon got one back straight after the break, and they pressed to get another, but Stag killed them off late on, hitting a fourth.

Thornley Celtic climbed into top spot with a 5-1 midweek victory over Shildon Grey Horse, taking them a point clear of Horden Sportsmans, who have a game in hand.

Rolls-Royce edged closer to promotion in Division Four thanks to a thrilling 3-2 home victory over Waldridge Park to consolidate second place

They stayed two points clear of Sedgefield Black Lion, who thumped Durham City Strollers.

Victory at Durham City Strollers tomorrow will clinch the second promotion slot for Rolls, who also have a cup final to look forward to next weekend, when they tackle Woodhorn Lane in the Billy Lorraine Cup final at Herrington Burn YMCA (10.30am).

Chaplins ended their season in third-bottom spot after going down 7-1 at Woodhorn Lane.