East Rainton’s 2-2 draw with Millfield Oddies could have a big say in the Fourth Division title race as they dropped two valuable points against the plucky visitors.
David Laing hit the first for Oddies, but Lee Gaunt and Andy Shepherd got Rainton in front. But the gallant visitors silenced the home crowd as Laing hit his second.
East Rainton are still sitting on top of the league, but with Hendon Athletic and Victoria Gardens ready to pounce on any mistake.
Hendon Athletic’s 1-0 win over Wearmouth CW Juniors did not reflect the game as the hosts dominated.
Wearmouth had the youthful Patrick Crombie in excellent form as he kept the Athletic forward line at bay with numerous saves. Anth Carter did find the net after a great corner from Kieran Moan, with Carter heading against the bar but alertly nodding home the rebound.
Wearmouth’s Young and Cyril Obok impressed, with Martin Deacon and “Gunner” Graham shining for Athletic.
It was goals galore as Woodlands finished 3-3 at home to Ryhope CW, who were unlucky not to take all three points.
Carl Longstaff was back among the goals and hit a double to start the scoring for Woodlands, but Ryhope hit back and Brent Brooke, Brad Anderson and Dan Pattison all scored to put them in front.
But Woodlands had the last laugh as Liam Middlemas hit a last-minute equaliser, taking advantage of a defensive mix-up.
Westmount edged out Wear United by the odd goal in three in their mid-table clash.
Joe Carroll and Morgan Lowrie hit the goals to condemn Michael Smith’s men to their latest defeat, while Dan Musther replied for Wear.
Park View heaped more misery on the Saltgrass with a heavy 5-0 defeat. David Brown hit a well-taken double, followed by goals from Paul Hodgson, Reece Benson and Stephen Jackson.
Daniel Nkemjika shone for Park View.
The Board Inn are hoping for a late surge for a promotion spot in Division Three and they recorded a good 3-0 over second-placed Martin Telfer Carpets.
Harrison, Jordan Dagg and Thornhill gave the home side the win.
Ashbrooke Sports Club moved into third place after edging home 3-2 at the Railway Club. Brad Timm was back to his best and fired two goals past Kirtley in the Ashbrooke goal.
But the visitors hit back and efforts from Stead, Teasdale and Josh Perry guided them to three precious points.
Penshaw CC and Lakeside SSC played out a close-fought 2-2 draw.
Heywood and Williams hit Penshaw’s goals, while Lakeside had Pace and Barrass responding.
Harbour View endured another heavy defeat, 5-0 at Thorney Close Inn, to drop into the bottom two in Division One.
Thorney are having a mini revival and hope to finish in a promotion position. Peter Greenwell hit a hat-trick, backed by Craig Collins and new boy Micky Patterson.
The Royal Marine pulled away from the relegation places after a 5-3 over Ryhope Top House.
Ryhope also needed the win for them to pull away from the bottom, but the are a point above the drop zone.
Stephen Grosert, Anthony Clifton (2) and a double from Adam Maggiore gave Royal Marine the points.
Phil McConnell and two-goal John Wood responded.
Farringdon Detached ran out convincing 7-1 winners over Vane Arms, who are now just seeing the season out after securing a respectable mid-table position.
Adam Wasey hit Vane’s solitary goal, but the plaudits went to Jake Baker and Jordan Wolfendale, who both bagged hat-tricks to inspire the hosts, while Fraser Lough came of the bench to finish the scoring.
Anthony Hammond (2) and Michael Bulmer earned Oddies a hard-fought 3-2 win at Pennywell Comrades.
Midweek results, Premier Division: Farringdon ISL 3 RCA Grangetown Florists 1, Myers 4 Southwick 3, SR Dons 3 Hylton Castle TWR Bifold Doors 1, The Ashbrooke 2 Hendersons Butchers 2
Division One: Willow Pond 2 Farringdon Detached 5
Div Two: Free Gardeners Arms 1 Stumble Inn 1