HENDERSON Butchers secured back-to-back promotions after a close First Division win, 2-0 over South Hylton Potters.
Star man Kevin Humble fired Butchers into the Premier with a excellent brace. Humble has been Shaun “Gunner” Graham’s pivotal signing, capturing him from Gatsby.
He has fired goals and earned countless man of the match awards, but can he do it on a cold, wet night at Nissan?
Marty McGill has increased the squad’s promotion incentive and offered the squad all inclusive hot beef sarnies till the end of June.
Southwick need just one more point to guarantee promotion after cruising to a 3-0 victory at Thorney Close Inn, and no doubt they will dedicate any success to Southwick legend Billy Pemberton.
In a fiery affair, Shaun Fisk fired them in front, then McGregor’s cross-cum-shot sailed over keeper Craig Pace for a 2-0 lead. A late tackle sparked a 20-man melee, which resulted in three red cards being dished out. After things settled down, James “Jiffy” Dickinson made it three to send Southwick wild on the sideline.
Grange Park let a potential win slip away as The Ashbrooke rallied to triumph 2-1.
Mark “Stud” Green fired an equaliser just before half-time, and he hit a winner despite the visitors having Nic Cooney sent off. Keeper David Passmore was outstanding in Ashbrooke’s goal.
Ryhope Top House relied on man of the match Connor Slee to settle a 1-0 win over Redhouse Last Orders, who had Butler as star man.
RCA Grangetown Florists brought neighbours Guide Post down to earth, after their previous week’s cup exploits, with a thumping 8-0 Premier Division win.
Florists’ forwards were in devastating form as man of the match Bryan Norton claimed a hat-trick, but goal machine Andy Place went one better and hit four goals.
Martin Metcalfe finished the scoring.
Farringdon ISL, 5-1 winners over SR Dons, are gunning for the title after rivals Humbledon & Plains Farm’s recent slip-up.
David Paul was back on the scoresheet with a well taken brace, with stalwart Paul Taylor making it 3-0. Craig Richardson pulled one back, but Farringdon’s class shone through and further goals from Callaghan and Lawson increased their lead at the top of the table.
Super-sub Nathan Doran came off the bench for Ryhope CW to fire home a late winning goal in a 3-2 success at Sandhills.
Before he entered the field of play, Sandhills were on top in the first half and led 2-0 thanks to a Michael McCabe brace.
But Ryhope rallied to level as Davies and McManus found the net. Then Doran sparked sideline scenes reminiscent of Wham’s Club Tropicana video.
Silksworth Paragon came out on top 1-0 in a dire affair at Myers.
With poor pitch conditions, neither team could get the ball down to play. New signing Ross Kennedy marked his first start for Paragon with the winning strike.
Nath Burrell shone for Paragon, Scott Mould for Myers.
Town End Farm RA shot to the top of the Fourth Division thanks to a 2-0 win over Ashbrooke Sports Club, with the title now in their sights. Josh Farquhar and Luke Bell scored the decisive goals. Renton shone for Ashbrooke.
Sunderland Railway Club overwhelmed Millfield Oddies 4-0 as Ashmore, Tyzack and a brace from John “Max” Brannen did the damage. Wallace starred in goal for Oddies, with Thompson best for Railway.
The Lansdowne are still pushing for promotion and they ran out 8-3 winners over Jollies.
Tyson was man of the match, but Hindmarsh grabbed a hat-trick followed by goals from Mulvaney, Frost, Conley, Alderson and Jay Martin.
Jollies replied through Lewis Fairley (2) and Reece Young.
GBSC had Jordan Chambers sent for an early dinner as he saw red for a poor challenge, but they still hammered hapless Oddfellows Arms 6-0. Wigham and Dagg both scored doubles, with Houghton and Micky Wharton also netting.
Wear United netted four times but still ended on the losing side as visitors Ryhope Railway Inn stormed to an 8-4 Third Division success.
Sheriff, Musther and a Scott Stevenson brace kept United in it, but the Railway lads went goal crazy. Dean “Macho” Machin bagged a hat-trick, Craig Whelam and Craig Vincent fired braces and Rowlands finished the scoring.
Jolly Potters and Washington Last Orders shared the spoils in a 4-4 thriller.
Lewis Cummings was Potters’ star man, capping that show with a tremendous opener. McQuillan and Michael Johnson (2) also scored, but Last Orders responded through two-goal Andrew McIntyre, Paul Short and Chris Grier.
The Stumble Inn enjoyed an easy 6-2 win as they brushed aside AFC Wearside 6-2. John Thubron was Stumble’s two-goal star man, with Smurthwaite, Antliff, Dixon and a Luke Charlton goal securing the win. Henry and Calvert hit the hosts’ consolations.
Washington Colliery and Washington New Tavern drew 2-2 in a hard-fought clash. Harrison hit both for Tavern, with Mulvaney and Naisbett replying.