Over-40s League: Blue House's double dream sunk by Winstons' late strikes
Blue House saw their dreams of a double dashed late on in the Echo Cup final.
The Third Division champions, who have enjoyed a memorable season, were always in the tie, but Wallsend Winstons managed to retain the divisional cup, edging home 4-2 thanks to two late goals in a frenetic clash at neutral Wearmouth CW.
In the Premier Division, Marden kept up their title push by winning 2-0 at Ryhope Foresters, while Red House WMC were beaten 3-1 at Wallsend Community, who now look safe.
Steels King Bros, survival assured, lost 4-0 to Cramlington Burton House.
Dubmire boosted their survival bid in Division One, defeating second-bottom Pelton Crown 2-1 in a crunch six-pointer. St Mary’s College moved two clear of Pelton with a 1-1 draw against Ferryhill Greyhound.
Mill View SC slipped to seventh place in Division Two after a 2-2 draw with relegation battlers Peterlee Helford.
Horden Sportsmans were thumped 5-2 by Blakelaw SC and lost 2-1 at relegated bottom club Cobblers Hall in midweek.
Hartlepool Catholic Club lost a crucial clash 3-2 at North Shields Pineapple and are now second-bottom after Pineapple also won 2-1 at Gateshead Rutherford.
In Division Three, champions Blue House lost 4-3 to Houghton Cricket in their penultimate match.
Washington JFC Biddick Inn led but ended up losing 2-1 to Hartlepool Stag & Monkey, while The Philadelphia surged to an 8-0 romp at Sedgefield Black Lion.
Oddies drew 2-2 with neighbours Rolls-Royce.
Ivy Legends succumbed 3-0 at Pelton Newfield in Division Four, while Colonel Prior crashed 5-0 to promoted New Marske SC and Trimdon Vets were leapfrogged by Hartlepool Vetsafter a 2-1 defeat.
Tomorrow, Ivy Legends face a mammoth task in their Billy Lorraine Cup Final against New Marske SC at Wearmouth CW (10.30am kick-off).
The Kenny Ball Cup final will see current Premier leaders Hartlepool Touchdown up against Cramlington Burton House at Wearmouth CW next Saturday.
Touchdown fended off battling Tudhoe Black Horse 3-2 after extra time, helped by Lee Crosby’s effort from halfway.
In the other semi, Burton House beat Billingham Swan 2-1 thanks to goals from star man Noel Hanlon and Aubrey Rutherford, Michael Marrham replying.