Peterlee Sunday League: Wingate crowned champs as The George suffer last-day heartache

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WINGATE are celebrating landing the Premier Division championship.

Rivals Seaham The George saw their dreams dashed by a crushing 6-0 defeat to Peterlee Helford United, who dictated play throughout and enjoyed a brilliant Gary Shaw hat-trick.

David “Busta” Paul (2) and Michael Cain made it six.

Wingate had to wait until Tuesday night to win the title because their weekend match against Easington CIU was called off because of a waterlogged pitch.

George’s defeat meant that Wingate only needed a point, but they were on the front foot from the start to run out comfortable 4-0 winners thanks to goals from leading scorer Dean Fox, Trevor Davies and substitutes Greg Forster and Carl Winstanley.

That sealed the title by three points to add to their Premier Division Cup triumph.

Peterlee Catholic Club triumphed in the battle of the two relegated clubs, when Chris Baker (2) and Jamie Gray saw off Horden Comrades 3-1.

The two promotion places in Division One were confirmed, with Thornley Harrys Bar and Shotton Comrades pipping Easington Southside on goal difference, after all three sides were level on 49 points.

Thornley hammered one-time promotion contenders South Hetton Cricket Club 5-0, with two goals apiece from Kyle Middleton and Lee Westgarth supported by David Jackson’s strike.

Shotton Comrades outclassed FC Easington, beating them 7-0, helped by a hat-trick from Scott Danks.

Substitute Brett Carr (2), Dave Trenholme and Lliam Cockerill also notched.

Easington Southside did their bit in their attempt for a top-two place when two goals from Kyle Bagnall and an effort from Matt Billyard saw them edge a five-goal thriller 3-2 against Easington Welfare.

Joe Taboun and Michael Fortune responded.

In the Second Division, runaway champions Shotton Builders Warehouse completed their season with a 6-1 midweek success against Hetton Fox and Hounds, with five-goal Karl Garside leading the way. Bradley Beeston also notched.

Goals from James Connor and Anthony Ward were not enough for Easington Half Moon, who were mercilessly crushed 9-2 by Seaham Marlborough.

Lewis Oliver (3), Connor Patterson (2), Daniel Mottram (2), Sean Rollins and Wes Smith did the damage.

Keeper Adam Jackson starred for Moon.

NSCC thumped Hetton Fox and Hounds 6-0. Two-goal Dan Gibson was backed by Dan Jackson, Martin Hall, Stephen Sheriff and sub Andy Readymarcher. Keeper Chris Ryles was man of the match.

Wingate Plough drew 0-0 with Trimdon Royal Albion.