Sunderland Sunday League: Hope springs eternal in Athletic’s seven-up super show

Ashbrooke Sports Club's keeper comes under pressure against RCA Grangetown Florists. Picture by Craig Leng
Ashbrooke Sports Club's keeper comes under pressure against RCA Grangetown Florists. Picture by Craig Leng
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Hendon Athletic booked a quarter-final tie with Premier opposition after easily disposing of Woodlands in the Hendersons Butchers League Cup.

Bowden started the scoring, finishing a loose ball in the box, then midfield maestro Liam Noble broke free and beat two men before firing low and hard past keeper Middlemas.

Martin Hope left numerous defenders in his wake to slot home for 3-0, before scoring a couple of carbon copies to seal a hat-trick.

Carl Longstaff pulled one back, but sub Micky Connor’s 20-yard curler into the top corner revived Athletic. Longstaff cut the deficit again, but Brian Carter’s penalty completed the scoring at 7-2.

SR Dons came out on top in the only all-Premier tie, winning 5-3 at Hendersons Butchers.

Halliday saw red for Butchers, giving them a mountain to climb. Dons raced to a 2-0 lead after Craig Watson hit a double, then Gardner made it three. Carl Old and Craig Hubbard reduced the deficit, but Robbie Williamson and John Noble made the game safe. Jonathan Carr fired Butchers’ third.

Southwick embarrassed Thorney Close Inn in their own back yard, cruising to an 11-0 victory.

James Fairley was on fire and scored four excellent goals, including two direct from Barcelona’s training ground.

Paul Kane repaid his gaffer’s faith with a brace, with Anth Stokell (2), Mason Burton and Shaun Fisk also notching before local hero Shaun McGregor finished the rout.

The neutral supporter expected a tighter game, but RCA Grangetown Florists ran out convincing 7-0 winners against Ashbrooke Sports Club.

Stalwart Shaun Petch ran the show for Florists, but the goals came from Symonds, Storey, Turvey, Atkinson, Ross Kemp and a brace from James Heptinstall. Robson shone for Ashbrooke.

It was men against boys in a one-sided affair, with Oddies lucky that Hylton Castle TWR didn’t score 20.

It ended up 13-0, with star man Tom Callaghan hitting four great goals, while sub Adam Drysdale added another quartet later on. Kev Gordon, Liam Wooton (2), Cresswell and Keithley also struck, with David Snowdon star man for Oddies.

Doubles from Josh Farquhar and Luke Bell saw TC Plastics home 4-1 at The Victory Club, who replied late on.

South Hylton Potters’ Paul Maw hit the only goal of the game to knock out Farringdon Detached out of the league cup. Michael Wrightson shone for Farringdon, with Alan Bate star man for Potters.