Sunderland Sunday League: Dan’s the man as AFC Wearside break their duck, stunning Hendon Athletic

Grange Park (red) take control against Pennywell Comrades last weekend. Picture by Tim Richardson
Grange Park (red) take control against Pennywell Comrades last weekend. Picture by Tim Richardson

AFC Wearside bagged their first win in Division Two after a classic smash and grab win against Hendon Athletic.

Hendon dominated throughout but could not find a way past star man Grant Newman, in the Wearside goal, who saved everything sent his way.

Dan Gollagly got the decisive goal to send Hendon home licking their wounds.

Willow Pond extended their lead at the top with an easy 6-1 win over Cherry Tree.

Jake McDermott fired a double, with Lincoln, Cresswell, Head and Redpath also netting. Michael Wilson notched for Tree.

Grange Park kept in touching distance of the leaders after a 3-2 win at Pennywell Comrades.

Pennywell’s Walters and Raeburn had Grange Park on the back foot when they notched, but the visitors’ excellent form continued as Gary Harding, Shaun Conlon and Nathan Groom sealed a narrow triumph.

The Board Inn are still grinding out results and they downed Myers in a scrappy 2-1 win.

Coverdale opened the scoring for Board, but the reliable Michael Smith snatched an equaliser. Anth Brooke then secured an unlikely winner, netting with his first touch after getting off the bench.

In the big battle at the bottom of Division Four, Washington Juniors Blue Bell Inn edged out AFC Houghton 3-2 to secure their first league win.

Morrison and Bradley’s goals for Houghton were overturned when Robinson, Baldridge and Abbott struck for Bell.

The Dolphin recorded another big win in their decent start to the campaign, putting Whitburn Panthers to the sword 11-1.

Dolly ran riot, with Brad Young and Hourigan both bagging hat-tricks. Dixon, Wardle, Wilkinson and a double from John Thubron sealed the deal, while young Conor Wadey hit Panthers’ response.

Washington Arms moved up to second place after a tough 4-0 win over Witherwack. Leighton, Thompson and a brace from McGeoch sank the Wackers.

The Grange’s fine form continued by beating plucky Nookside 4-1.

New signing Brad Anderson was Nookside’s star man but he couldn’t prevent the goals from Muckles, Peter Lane, Jack Wright and Adam Lane.

Mill View CIU’s four-goal Liam Middlemas earned the star man award with another clinical display as he inspired a 6-1 win over Herrington CW.

Dan Hardy and Steven Conlin finished the scoring before Herrington’s Ridley hit a late consolation.

Park View regained winning ways with a tidy 4-2 success over Wear United in Division Three.

Jack Callaghan’s hat-trick got Park View into a comfortable lead before United made things interesting through Keogh and Morton.

Man of the match Sam Robinson hit View’s leveller.

Kings Arms gave Lakeside SSC a stern lesson with a 5-0 away victory.

Stephenson shone for Lakeside, but the Kingsmen were too strong, with two-goal Shaun Barras, Whelan, Mather and Ridley on target.

Washington New Tavern drew 2-2 with Penshaw CC in a close-fought clash.

Kris Kane and Ian Binks scored for Penshaw, with Chris Emmet and Craig Neal responding.

The spoils were shared as Ryhope fought for a 2-2 draw at Millfield Free Gardeners.

Jack Croucher hit another goal for Gardeners to put them in front, but Hutcheon and the youthful Jayden Ellis smashed home to give Ryhope the lead. But the hosts rescued a point, when Mark Dolan nodded home.

The Lansdowne’s 3-1 defeat to Ryhope Foresters left them at the foot of the Premier Division.

A double from Gav Nesbitt and a James Slack goal did the damage. Bryan Norton reduced the deficit with another clinical finish, but Lansdowne had Noble and Rounce sent off.