Kevin Golightly rolled back the years with two trademark free-kicks for The Vane Arms which were right out the Seb Larsson handbook.
This started Vane off in style and they went on to record an emphatic 8-2 victory against Harbour View in the First Division.
Adam Cushingham grabbed a hat-trick, while Brett Chapman and a brace from Eddy Wood rounded off the scoring. Paul Muir hit a double for the Harbour View, but they proved to be mere consolations.
Michael “Chip” Bulmer was the undoubted star man for Oddies as he fired an impressive hat trick to down the Royal Marine 3-2.
Anth Clifton and Michael Berry replied for Royal Marine, but a great defensive display from Anthony Hammond and man of the match Dan Snowdon made sure Oddies ran out winners.
Andrew Atchison was Marine’s top man.
It was men against boys as TC Plastics brushed joint second-placed Ryhope Railway Inn aside with ease in a 5-1 away success in Division Two.
Man of the match Kieron Stokoe was in fine form as he fired a hat-trick for Plastics, his third being an unstoppable thunderbolt. Luke Bell grabbed his customary goal and Andy Morris also found the net, while Craig Vincent scored a penalty in vain for Ryhope, whose star performer was Jamie Cole.
Keith “Beefy” Reay grabbed the only goal of the game as Hendon recorded three important points from the visit of The Victory Club.
They are playing catch-up with the games and they are aiming for the runners-up spot. Gareth Croft starred for Hendon, with Robert Calvert top man for the Victory.
Washington New Tavern got back to winning ways after they ground out a hard-fought 4-2 win over New Town.
Gary Allen’s double had New Tavern in front at the break and, in the second half, both teams went at it. Sean Collard hit his own double for New Town, but New Tavern had the edge and further strikes from Matthew Henderson and Martin Harrison secured them all three points.
Chris Grier starred for Tavern, with Alex Dobinson best for New Town.
Millfield Oddies could have had a big say in the Fourth Division title race as they came up against league leaders East Rainton.
They started the scoring through David Robinson, midway through the first half, and had Rainton on the back foot.
But the impressive Oliver Hotchkiss pulled the strings in the centre of the park and had his hand in all three goals as the table-toppers hit back to claim a 3-1 success.
Lee Gaunt levelled things not long after Oddies scored. It remained all square until late in the second half, when Rainton managed to get themselves in front, courtesy of a Jon Gaunt penalty.Rainton then made sure of the points after Andy Shephard scored in the dying minutes.
Oliver Hotchkiss stood out for Rainton, with Luke Sanders top man for the hosts.
Victoria Gardens chalked up their 12th league win off the bounce and dominated a poor Westmount side in a 7-0 cruise.
Star man Kev Humble fired a brace, followed by a Callum Hope double. Nelly Wright, Adam Campbell and Bradley Davis completed the scoring to keep the pressure on East Rainton., who are six points clear but have played four games more.
Daryl Atkinson was Westmount’s top performer.