PAUL Muir celebrated his new job in style with a great hat-trick to get The Cliff underway in their Total Sport Challenge Trophy, but visitors Ryhope Top House hit back with a James Mitchell treble.
Carl Young put Ryhope in front, but they couldn’t hold on as Cliff had Honour and Hargrave scoring to take a dramatic 5-4 triumph.
Southwick claimed a 3-2 win over Westmount in crazy fashion.
They went behind as Daryl Atkinson nodded home for the Premier side, but Cromack fired home to take the game to extra time.
Westmount regained the lead through Dean Smart, and it looked bleak for Southwick as they found themselves down to nine men.
But Catcheside levelled, then Tansey bagged a sensational winner.
Stephen “Nelly” Wright earned another man of the match award as he had a hand in most of Vane Arms’ goals in a 5-1 defeat of Jolly Potters.
Rob Thompson claimed his first career hat-trick from central midfield to his own amazement.
Adam Cushingham made sure of the win with a double, while Adam McQuillian fired a consolation.
Henderson Butchers walloped Steels Athletic 6-0.
Jack Devlin started the scoring with a fine brace and Richie Jordan grabbed the third. Manager Shaun Graham fancied a game and fired the Butchers’ fourth goal.
Steels had chances but new signing Luke Morrow cleared everything the visitors threw his way.
Late on, Kev Humble and Dan Makin both scored to put Steels out of their misery.
RCA Grangetown Florists enjoyed another convincing performance in front of goal as they hammered The Stackyard 11-1.
Goal machine Andy Place hit three, followed by a double from Bri Norton. Robert Hall got in on the act with a well-taken brace of his own before Bobby Tyrrell grabbed a consolation for the visitors.
Florists, though, finished on top as Kelly, Winlow and Metcalfe took them to double figures.
Gav Murton stole the show with a brilliant four-goal haul for Hylton Road Carpets Elite in their 7-2 success against Victory Club.
Calvert hit back with two goals for Victory, but Darren Brooke (2) and Gaz Scott sealed the win.
Myers were too good for fellow Premier team Sandhills.
Moody grabbed a hat-trick against his former side, followed by a Steven Anderson strike. Antliff and Mallaburn hit back for Sandhills, but their fightback was shortlived as Mould, Sumner and Danny Hill put Myers in seventh heaven.
Lakeside SSC outgunned a poor Wear United side 3-0, with Martin Cullen, Mark Barrass and Iain Usher all netting. Aiden Stoker and Michael Earles were the respective star men.
Hylton Castle TWR ground out a hard-fought 4-2 win at a tricky South Hylton Potters team.
Drysdale got TWR in front with a quick double, but Potters immediately bounced back with goals from Bussey and Keiron Martin.
Lee Cresswell put TWR back in front and poor finishing cost Potters as they saw Tucker hit a decisive fourth strike.
Farringdon ISL’s Premier class shone through against Division Two basement boys Welcome Tavern in a 6-1 victory.
Star man Tom Callaghan claimed a hat-trick and stalwart Paul Taylor grabbed a brace.
Daz Green pulled one back for Welcome, but new signing Jonny Atkinson grabbed his first goal for Farringdon to complete the scoring.
The Millfield derby was won with ease by Oddies, 5-3, as The Lansdowne’s bark was worse than their bite.
Oddies raced into a 3-0 lead as Anth Clifton fired a hat trick.
Hindmarch pulled a goal back, but Andy Smith made it 4-1.
Lansdowne rallied again Tyson and Alderson, but Oddies’ experience was evident and they saw out the game and a further goal by Luke Taylor had the home faithful singing “you’re getting sacked in the morning” to under-pressure manager Tom Smith”
The Guide Post piled more heartache on the Gatsby lads as they knocked them out with a 2-1 victory.
Dean Machin had Gatsby in front, but Guide were soon in front through Armstrong and Dagg. Good goalkeeping from both teams kept the score down.
Farringdon Detached overcame The Stumble Inn, who led 2-0 through Alexander and Agnew. Farringdon hit back in style thanks to Michael McKeown and Sean Archibold’s hat-trick for a 4-2 triumph.
H Ryhope CW eased through in their delayed Durham County Sunday Cup tie, winning 5-2 at Stillington The Royal.
Star man Neil Jones scored an unusual brace from defence. Royal pulled two goals back to draw level, but, late in the second half, Ryhope dominated and sealed victory thanks to Bosher, Hayley and Anth Rogerson.