Sunderland Sunday League: Bell tolls for Athletic in Plastics’ fantastic show

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Hendon Athletic had a day to forget as they were embarrassed in their own back yard by TC Plastics, who triumphed 8-1 in the Billy Pemberton Memorial Cup third round.

The visitors were devastating in front of goal and took advantage of very poor defending.

Luke Bell started the scoring with a dubious penalty and Andy Morris found the net from 35 yards. Athletic did have chances, but wrong choices and poor finishing summed up their day.

Bell was clinical and hit another three goals to finish with four for the game and Josh Farquhar was equally good, firing a hat-trick of his own.

Martin Hope rolled back the years for Hendon with a great finish as he hit a looping volley over his head into the far top corner, but the plaudits went to the Second Division leaders, who look to be the favourites to take the cup.

Keiron McArthur was Plastics’ star man, with Martin Deacon best for Hendon.

Ryhope Railway taught Lakeside SSC a footballing lesson and proved it was men against boys on the day in an 8-1 romp.

Marc Barrass hit Lakeside’s only goal and star man Paul Stephenson did his best against Ryhope’s firepower.

Doubles from Craig Whelam and Craig Redman led the way for Railway, while Tom Hackett, Ben Rowlands, Jack McConville and Dean Machin also notched.

Victoria Gardens sailed into the next round, brushing aside The Dolphin in a 6-1 victory.

Star man Callum Hope started the scoring. Gardens’ forward line was on form as Lee Collins hit a double and Stephen Devlin also found the net. Anthony Jones and Bradley Davies rounded off the scoring, while Craig Wilkin came off the bench to hit the Dolphin’s only goal.

Wear United lost out 5-4 in a very entertaining tie at home to Washington Colliery.

Wear took the lead early on through Graham Smith, but Colliery rallied and dominated the majority of the game, racing into a 5-1 lead thanks to Andy McIntrye (2), Chris Bell and a double from Jonathan Rowntree.

Battling United got back into the game and had a great spell in which they saw Sam Wade hit a double and Michael Parkin find the net, but Colliery held on to advance into the next round.

Adam Elliott starred for Colliery.