Peterlee Sunday League: Hepple leads the way with derby hat-trick for Marlborough

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Seaham Marlborough revelled in a clinical hat-trick from Adam Hepple as they hammered derby rivals New Seaham Mallard 6-0 in Division Two.

Connor Patterson also notched, with Alan Black coming off the bench to bag a double.

Chris Dormand stood out for Marlborough, with Leon Thomas best for Mallard.

Goals from Paul Hossack, Michael Walton and Ian Craggs enabled Murton New Hesledon to pip Haswell Oddfellows Arms 3-2, with Ben Davies and Carl Stephenson firing the consolations.

Wingate Plough Inn are flying high, helped by a 9-0 rout of Hetton Fox and Hounds, thanks to Dean Fox (2), Dave Cummings (2), Jake Devine, Dan Gorton, Joe Coulson, Nathan Grainger and sub Jack Hart.

Peterlee Hearts lost 1-0 to New Seaham Conservative Club, with the only goal coming from Gary Marraty, while Easington Half Moon and Peterlee Oaklands finished all-square at 3-3. John Kennedy (2) and sub Craig Black notched for Moon, with Alan Robinson, Liam McGinty and Philip Robinson replying.

In the First Division, defender Tom Farrell’s goal proved to be enough for Easington Southside to beat Hetton Social 1-0, while a brace from Nathan Graham, plus efforts from Dale Harker, Lewis Beeston and sub Michael Stuart, helped Easington HMS Victory to beat Horden Cricket Club 5-2. Kyle Johns and Matthew Dunleavy netted for Horden.

Peterlee Catholic Club hit back to secure an easy 6-2 victory against Wingate Grange, thanks to two goals apiece from Anthony Cook and Paul Wintrip, along with strikes from Dave Taylor and sub Chris Edwards.

Michael Lee and Scott Day struck for Grange.

Shotton Builders Warehouse crushed South Hetton Cricket Club 8-1, with their goals coming from Karl Garside (2), Liam Aichison (2), sub Craig Woodward (2), Beeston and French, with Liam Houghton hitting the cricketers’ reply.

Mark Laver and Adam Wallace earned Seaham Phoenix a 2-1 win over Trimdon Colliery Royal Albion, with Paul Wilkinson responding.

The Premier Division has been rocked by the shock resignation of champions Wingate, leaving the top flight with just 10 teams.

League secretary Bob Anderson said: “Wingate have been a credit to the league for many years and I feel gutted to hear of their resignation. Craig McManus did his best in trying to keep the club alive, but, with players deciding to move on, he had no option but to call it a day.”

Last year’s First Division champions, Shotton Comrades, notched their second successive win of the new Premier campaign when goals from Lee Smith, Connor Beeston and sub Brett Carr saw them defeat Seaham The George 3-0.

Peterlee Helford United also made two wins out of two when Gary Shaw blasted four goals in their 7-1 romp against newly-promoted Thornley Harry’s Bar, backed by Peter Crawford (2) and sub Sam Wallace, while Dave Summerson replied.

Goals from Rob Taylor, Martin Fowler and Jonathan Monaghan were not enough for Horden CW Supporters, who lost 4-3 to Dawdon Welfare Park, who had Atkinson, Beer and two-goal sub Craig Price on target.

Rob Huntley’s double for Easington CIU, and an effort from Craig Robinson, saw them open up with a 3-1 win against Hetton The Tuns, with Darryl Robinson responding.