WINGATE FC has lost top spot in the Premier Division to Seaham The George, who have put together a great run of winning results.
After a 1-0 win in midweek against derby rivals Seaham Island Club, to add to the 4-1 win against their title rivals Wingate FC, last Sunday the race for the title will now go down to the final three matches.
The George are now favourites to win the title because they now have a two point cushion over Wingate.
In last Sunday’s big game, a goal from Peter Crawford was not enough for the Wingate outfit as the George were far superior on the day and a brace from Shane Docherty, along with goals from Thomas Hopkirk and Darren Ruddock saw the George run out comfortable 4-1 winners.
In midweek, a goal from Paul Henderson saw Seaham The George defeat their derby rivals Seaham Island 1-0 to see them go two points clear at the top.
Peterlee Helford United still has an outside chance of the title, but the top two clubs have to drop points.
Goals from Stephen Bentley, Dan Reeves and Andrew Lonsdale saw them win a five-goal thriller against Horden CW Supporters, who had Jonathan Monaghan and Chris Wright replying.
In midweek, Peterlee Helford, with efforts from David Paul, Stephen Bentley and Andrew Lonsdale beat Murton Park View 3-1 whose consolation goal came from Graham McBeth.
Peterlee Catholic are relegated with Horden Comrades to Division One next season without playing a game because Easington Lane WMC beat Hetton The Tuns 2-1, with goals from Kevin Woods and John Purvis and are now safe from relegation.
Despite winning, the Lane outfit finished the match with nine men because Kevin Woods, scorer of one of their goals and Kyle Scott were both sent off, however with nine men they managed to hang on to their narrow win and more importantly safety.
In Division One, it is more competitive for the two promotion places, with only four points separating the top five clubs.
South Hetton Cricket Club are the new leaders this after two good winning results.
Last Sunday they hammered relegated Peterlee Central 5-1 with a brace from Elliott Young, while further goals came from James Davidson, Mark Hartley and Liam Houghton. Anthony Cairns netted for the Central and in midweek, a goal from their leading scorer Alan Curl saw them defeat Easington HMS Victory 1-0 to ensure their two-point lead at the top of the table.
Thornley Harrys Bar are now in second place this after a 6-2 win against Seaham Phoenix, with their goals from Lee Westgarth, John-Ross Thubron, John Davies, Dave Jackson, Kyle Middleton and Reece Bartram.
Easington Southside lost top spot when they were outplayed against the now title-favorites Shotton Comrades, going down 3-0.
The Comrades, still with six matches to play with five of those at home, were much the superior side and sealed the win with goals from Scott Danks, Liam Cockerill and Brett Carr against the Southside.
Easington Welfare are now fifth, but are running out of matches and they will be depending on other clubs dropping points if they are to achieve a promotion place.
Goals from Jamie Stott, Graham Ball, Lewis Miller, Michael Fortune and Tom Williams saw them cruise to a 5-1 win against relegated Murton New Hesleden.
In the other match played in the Division, Hetton Social defeated FC Easington 2-0.
The battle for who goes up from the Second Division, with champions Shotton Builders Warehouse, is down to either Trimdon Colliery Royal Albion or Wingate Plough Inn.
Trimdon Colliery Albion hammered Peterlee Oaklands 7-3 with a hat-trick from Paul Wilkinson, a brace from Adam Croft along with goals from Brian Harrison and Adam Setterfield, with Phil Robinson (2) and Liam Owen replying.
The Albion as a result of this win has a two-point lead on Wingate Plough Inn, who didn’t play.
Two goals from John Brown plus efforts from Bradley Beeston and Michael Boardman enable champions Shotton Builders Warehouse to beat Seaham Marlborough 4-2.
Hetton Fox and Hounds had to work hard to earn a 1-0 win over Easington Half Moon.
A brace from Scot Jackson along with a strike from Graeme Coxon was not enough to salvage anything for Peterlee Acre Rigg Social Club when they lost 4-3 to New Seaham Conservative Club.
A goal from Paul Atkinson was enough to book Seaham Island Club into the final of the John and Pat McManus Memorial Cup when they defeated Murton Park View 1-0 and now play Easington HMS Victory in the final.