Seven-up special gives Sportsmans festive lift-off

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HORDEN Sportsmans had a day to savour as they ended 2014 on fire, making light work of what looked like a difficult trip to Wallsend Winstons in Division Three.

Billy Scott opened the scoring, but Wallsend levelled soon after. Horden, though, went into the break with a 3-1 lead after John Chapman put them back in front and Scott poked home his second.

Daryl Burns made it four soon after half-time, then Scott played a one-two with Jimmy Laidlaw to complete his hat-trick. Burns scored from an acute angle to make it six, and John Bell got on the scoresheet when Winstons failed to clear.

Red House WMC went down 2-1 at home to Hartlepool Touchdown in the Premier Division, pulling their goal back with a fine free-kick.

Easington CIU lost 4-1 at Blyth Sea Horse, who took an early lead with a hit and hope effort and doubled it after 15 minutes. CIU settled and reduced the arrears through Scott McAlinden. The second half was even but hinged on two contentious offside decisions which led to strikes for Blyth. Easington’s Ian Craggs had a goal ruled out.

Peterlee Helford regained winning ways in Division Two, thanks to an excellent 5-1 victory at Deneside.

Helford started positively and took a deserved lead on 15 minutes through Paul Watson, who headed home Anthony Rutherford’s free-kick. John Hunt pulled off a fine save to deny the Seaham side an equaliser before John Butterfield made it 2-0 with a close-range finish.

Tony Brown made it three on the half hour mark, scoring direct from a corner.

Deneside enjoyed greater possession in the second half and they got one back midway through the half, but any hopes of a comeback were dashed when Paul Purvis rounded the keeper to score. With five minutes to go, Little finished off a good move to complete the scoring.

Wingate Cons Club drew 0-0 at Blakelaw SC, going closest to breaking the deadlock when Eddie Glaister’s header hit the bar.

In Division One, leaders Penshaw Catholic beat Hartlepool Catholic Club 3-0, with a free header making the breakthrough.

Colonel Prior overcame Hartlepool Vets 3-1 in Division Four, storming three goals ahead before conceding to a 30-yard free-kick.