Peterlee Sunday League: Central perk up to storm into Ivey Cup semi-finals
Peterlee Central Club made it through to the George Ivey Memorial Cup semi-finals when they got the better of Haswell Oddfellows Arms, winning 3-2.
Andrew Jones, Michael Bayles and substitute Craig Deighton did the damage for Central, who may have kick-started their season having failed to win any of their six games in Division Two, and sit bottom of the table.
Lee Sennett was Central’s man of the match.
Star man Gareth Milburn and Ben Davies notched in vain for Oddfellows.
Six matches got the go-ahead last weekend, as the weather was a little kinder, but there is still a big backlog of fixtures looming, with only 10 games in all competitions, just three in the league, being played in the first four weeks of the new year.
Premier Division front-runners Dawdon Welfare Park survived a huge scare against Second Division battlers Wingate Plough Inn in their John & Pat McManus Memorial Cup tie.
Plough took the Green Drive side right to the wire before going down 4-3.
Dan Gorton, Thomas Young and Joe Coulson netted for the Plough, but Robbie Bird and Kyle Bell both struck twice to steer Dawdon through.
In the third round of the same competition, Horden CW Supporters reached the quarter-finals by defeating Easington CIU 4-2 in a tremendous all-Premier Division clash.
James Connor, with a brace, man of the match Jack Pounder and sub Ben Davies were the Supporters Club scorers, with Thomas Goundry and Simon Todd netting for CIU, whose star man was keeper Joe Atherton
In the Cyril Dunn Memorial Cup, Easington HMS Victory defeated defiant Hetton Social 3-1 to progress to the semi-finals.
South Hetton Cricket Club are the new leaders of the First Division after edging home 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller against winless bottom side Horden Cricket Club.
Brandon Cook, Damien Hope, Liam Watson and Mark Hartley all netted, with keeper Michael Smith outstanding for South Hetton.
In the only Premier Division game played, a goal from Dave Beeston gave Shotton Comrades the lead at half-time against Hetton The Tuns.
But the home side fought back in the second period to equalise through Scott Henderson. The draw keeps Tuns in third place, while Comrades moved level on points with fourth-top Peterlee Helford United. Scott Danks starred for Comrades.