Ashbrooke Sports Club have made a massive statement with signing ex-Newcastle forward Paul Robinson – and he made his mark on opening day, earning the man of the match award after scoring four goals in a 10-2 Third Division rout of Penshaw CC.
Sunderland-born Robinson famously kept Alan Shearer and Duncan Ferguson out of the Tyne-Wear derby back in 1999.
David Dixon grabbed a hat-trick, with Matty Teasdale, Dean Robson and Clark Stead rounding off the scoring. Snelling and Williams hit two Penshaw consolations.
Railway Club and Mill View CIU drew 2-2.
Utility man Tom “the power” Lundy came off the bench to notch two unforgettable strikes for Mill View, a Di Canio-style volley and an equally audacious second when the ball was lobbed up to him and he caught it on his chest and produced an overhead kick, reminiscent of a young Robbie Fowler, which flew past the diving keeper.
He then stood, turned to the sideline and lifted his shirt up for him to show a message on his matalan vest quoting “why always me?”
But Lundy was not best pleased with his defence as they conceded two scrappy goals, Dan Callaghan firing a double.
Tom Smith has captured a great few signings to lift Lansdowne and they got off to a winning start, beating Kings Arms 5-2.
Jay Martin was star man and capped a fine display with a well-taken goal. Matty Frost (2), Jukes and Mutimer made it five, while David Lindsay and Robert Wilson got Kings back to 3-2 at one point.
Board Inn demolished Mountain Daisy F&M Underdogs 5-0.
Tricky Micky Wharton started the scoring with a quick double, with Matty Ellison, Sam Wigham and Jordan Dagg also on target.
The score could have been double figures, but for poor finishing and good keeping from Wallace.
Martin Telfer Carpets earned an easy 6-0 win at Lakeside SSC. Brent Brooke scored twice from defence then Hodgson and Trotter made it 4-0 before the break.
After a host of changes, Knight and Moore completed the romp.
Hylton Castle TWR look to be a force in the Premier Division, with ex-Sunderland striker David Rush at the helm.
He has got them playing excellent, free-flowing football and The Ashbrooke just couldn’t compete with them, going down 4-0. TWR fired four unanswered goals past Drayton. Lee Cresswell fired a double, followed by an Aaron Kah goal and a strike from sub David Keithley.
Southwick, the new galacticos of the Premier, got off to a flier with a 5-3 win over RCA Grangetown Florists.
Shaun Fisk grabbed a well-taken brace and stalwart Anth Ross fired home two cracking efforts. RCA had Turvey, Atkinson and Bryan Norton on target, but the Suddick lads were just too strong and James Chapman fired a fantastic effort flying past Harkness, an early goal of the season contender.
SR Dons produced a fine display to win 3-2 at rejuvenated Myers.
David Hall started the scoring for Dons and they increased their lead just before half-time, with Diamond scoring. Myers made a few changes and subs Richardson and Nesbitt hauled them level, but Dons’ own super sub,Graham Stephenson, nodded a late winner.
South Hylton Potters earned a hard-fought 3-2 win over Silksworth Paragon.
Paul Maw struck twice to get Potters on their way, but after Chapman saw red Paragon took advantage.
George McCain and Michael McCabe both scored to level it up, but dancing binman John Coomber fired home the winner.
Henderson Butchers dominated for long periods but only earned a 2-2 draw at Ryhope Foresters.
Craig Hubbard and James Cassidy had Butchers 2-0 up and cruising, but Foresters took advantage of a defensive mix-up and Harrison fired home. Both keepers were outstanding, but Graeme Bennett struck late on to level for the home side.