Over-40s League: Penshaw stun champions Marden again, as Red House WMC succumb to relegation

Penshaw Catholic Club (yellow) battle Marden in their recent cup final meeting at Wearmouth CW. Picture by Tim Richardson.
Penshaw Catholic Club (yellow) battle Marden in their recent cup final meeting at Wearmouth CW. Picture by Tim Richardson.
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Penshaw Catholic Club beat champions Marden for the second time in eight days to clinch a fourth-place finish in the Premier Division.

Despite fielding players who were not 100% fit, and with keeper Mark Hartley up front, Penshaw took the game to Marden in the third meeting in succession, intent on avenging their midweek loss which saw the Tynesiders crowned champions once again.

The early Penshaw pressure paid off with a 35-yard rocket shot from the excellent Scott Richards which was too hot for the Marden keeper to handle.

Shortly after, it should have been 2-0 when Hartley missed a clear headed chance from a great Hall cross.

In the second half, Marden put Penshaw’s defence under severe pressure, but, marshalled by captain John Kelly and keeper Andy Naisbett, they held firm.

Late on, in a rare Penshaw breakaway, Hall again found Hartley with a cross and this time he made no mistake with a left-foot volley in off the post.

Tony Healer pulled one back wtih a fine, late header, but Penshaw held on to win 2-1 and repeat their Kip Watson Villa Real Cup final success.

Red House WMC and Hebburn Town have been relegated from the Premier Division following Wallsend Community’s surprise 2-1 midweek victory over near-neighbours Marden.

Red House lost their final match 3-1 at relegation rivals Heaton Stannington to finish on 23 points from 24 games, only ahead of bottom club Hebburn on goal difference.

Hartlepool Touchdown moved into second spot as a good, solid team effort saw them win 2-0 at Wearmouth CW.

They went in front after 15 minutes as Mick Waller found Andy McKenna, who squared the ball to Lee Crosby, and he fired low into the net from the edge of the box.

Wearmouth’s keeper spread himself well to make a magnificent save to keep it at 1-0, and the Sunderland side were close to an equaliser, right on half-time, when a cross-cum-shot hit the base of the post and Touchdown scrambled the ball clear.

The second half was only 10 minutes in when Touchdown scored the all-important second goal, McKenna finishing off from 10 yards after good work from Waller and Newbegin

Newbegin later hit the underside of the bar, while Wearmouth rallied and were awarded a penalty, when a forward was adjudged to have been fouled by keeper Graham Popple. The keeper, though, produced a brilliant, low save to deny the hosts a consolation.

Seaham Marlborough escaped the First Division drop zone thanks to an impressive 6-1 at mid-table Dormans to climb to safety in fourth-bottom spot.

Peterlee outgunned Darsley Park in their final game to finish eighth in Division Two, with 38 points from 28 games.

Champions Wallsend Boys Club ended 12 points clear after a 7-1 demolition of North Shields Pineapple.

Relegated Oddies were beaten 6-1 in their final Third Division match at promoted runners-up Richmond Town, while Hedworthfield Red Hackle stayed in third-bottom spot after being held 3-3 by Rolls-Royce.

Stanley’s promotion hopes were ended by a 2-0 loss at Wingate Cons, with Redcar Town, still with a game to play, moving above them on goal difference into third place after drawing 1-1 with champions Newcastle East End.