Sunderland Sunday League: Humble the seven-goal hero as Victoria Gardens clinch title in style
Victoria Gardens claimed the Fourth Division league title in style with a 15-0 demolition of the 10 men of Wear United.
Kev Humble was in seventh heaven as he found the net for fun.
He hit home five penalties out of his seven-goal salvo, backed by a Callum Hope hat-trick.
Doubles from Jake McIntyre and Adam Campbell, plus a Stephen Wright strike, finished the scoring for the Gardens.
Wear United were no match for the champs but still battled away and had Stuart Bowman as a stand-out.
Hendon Athletic recorded an important 3-0 win at Wearmouth CW Juniors to take them to second place.
They have now impressively caught up on East Rainton’s goal difference and are one goal in front.
They are hoping for Victoria Gardens to beat East Rainton to help them claim the runners-up spot.
Richie Timm hit Hendon’s first goal and Martin Ghandi Hope was in hand to hit his 40th league goal of the season. Anth Yates fired Hendon’s last for his first of the season.
Keeper Patrick Crombie sjhone for Wearmouth, with Bri Carter top man for Athletic.
Ryhope CW’s good run continued with a 3-0 home success against Westmount, but it’s a little late in the season to make a difference.
Dan Pattison’s brace got Ryhope on their way and Gavin McAnaney hit their third. Morgan Lowrie shone for Westmount.
Hendon Athletic earlier handed out two big beatings, 13-0 at Wear United and 5-0 at Woodlands.
Martin Hope hit seven goals over the two games and also set up ex-Sunderland star Martin Smith to nod home against Woodlands. Smith showed his class throughout and provided a great ball for Bri Carter to scissor kick home the fifth goal.
O’Brien Waste Recycling secured promotion out of the First Division with a close-fought 1-0 win over The Royal Marine.
Gash hit the only goal for O’Brien. Josh McGill shone for The Royal Marine
Farringdon Detached produced a masterclass as they thrashed hapless Harbour View 6-1 as they made a late surge for the title.
Davey Stevens was back on form, hitting a hat-trick, and Sean Archbold continued his goalscoring run with a brace. Marshall Hall also scored after coming off the bench, with Simon French replying.
Craig Stewart shone for Detached, Steven Morris for Harbour View.
Two midweek victories, against Ryhope Top House (7-1) and Willow Pond (4-1) sealed the championship, with the Farringdon side finishing three points clear of O’Brien and looking forward to life in the top flight next season.
Kyle Milley hit Thorney Close Inn’s only goal and dedicated it to Pork Chop Hill, their home ground, as they look to have played their last ever game on it. Michael Patterson was star man.
Ryan Wood equalised for Ryhope Top House to take a share of the points.
Liam Houghton flew the flag for the Board Inn as he smashed four goals past the Washington Colliery keeper to inspire a 5-1 away win in Division Three.
Jordan Dagg got the last goal for Board Inn before Smith replied.
The Ashbrooke Sports Club enjoyed an easy end-of-season game against bottom of the league Mountain Daisy F&M Underdogs, running out 9-0 winners.
Dan Hunter, David Newton, Nathan Renton, Jordan Ridley, Clark Stead, David Dixon (2) and Michael Brown (2) all fired past poor Alex Davies in the Daisy goal.
Penshaw Catholic Club drew 2-2 at Board Inn. Kristofer Kane and Jonathan Snelling netted, with Michael Hackett hitting both for Board Inn.