Sunderland Sunday League: Thorney topple front-runners Redhouse Last Orders in First Division shock
Thorney Close Inn upset leaders Redhouse Last Orders in a 3-2 First Division win.
Both teams had strong teams out, but it was Thorney who came out on top with Michael Noble, Gary Butts and Peter Greenwell all finding the net.
Redhouse did have chances to take a share of the points, but poor finishing cost them, despite efforts from Connor O’Neill and Craig Richardson.
Hot-shot Anth “Bernie” Clifton produced a finishing master class as he notched four goals to give Royal Marine a storming 6-2 victory at Ryhope Top House.
Marc Collins and Gary Richardson hit Marine’s other goals, while Top House managed to pull two late goals back, through Paul Hulley and Matthew Scullion, who shone for the hosts.
Oddies were in fine form to brush Harbour View aside in a 7-0 demolition.
Luke Taylor’s brace earned him the man-of-the-match award, and Darren Davie increased the lead.
Harbour View did not even test Oddies’ defence and further goals from Michael “chip” Bulmer and Anth Hammond finished the scoring with a brace apiece.
O’Brien Waste Recycling recorded another win, 3-1 against Vane Arms, to keep the pressure on table-toppers Redhouse Last Orders.
David Sewell, Gavin Murton and Ryan Tench all found the net for O’Brien, with Wasey replying.
Neither team could find a winner at Hylton Road as Willow Pond and Pennywell Comrades shared the points in a 1-1 draw. Connor Gales struck for Willow, but Jordan Howell levelled it up for Comrades
The Lansdowne proved why they sit pretty at the top of Division Three after they outgunned Ashbrooke Sports Club 3-2 away.
Tom Smith’s men wanted it more and got what they deserved. Rhys Jukes, Marc Ruddock and David Gill grabbed the important goals and Tyson was man of the match.
Ashbrooke did match their counterparts but came up short in the goalscoring department, with Renton and Brown hitting the consolations.
It was free drinks all around as the Kings Arms recorded their first league win of the season, beating lacklustre Penshaw CC 2-1.
Robert Wilson hit a double for Arms, while Sean Williams replied, but the hosts held on to enjoy their first three points.
Martin Telfer Carpets moved up to second place in the league with an easy 6-0 win at Mountain Daisy F&M Underdogs, who lost their 10th successive league game.
James Knight fired home, with Stephen Trotter hitting a treble and Kevin Simpson following up with a brace.
Thomas Tansey, Bradley Timm, Paul Newton-Eddy and Ross Taylor gave Sunderland Railway Club a hard-fought 4-3 win over Washington Colliery to move up to third place.
Colliery had the chance to leap frog Railway. but they could only muster three goals from Gavin Mulvaney and Andy McIntyre (2).
Mill View CIU gained an important point, in a 2-2 draw with Board Inn, to move away from the relegation zone.
Richardson and Lundy found the net for Mill View, but Board had their star men Dagg and Wigham pull goals back to ensure a share of the points.
In the Fourth Division, Hendon Athletic made a massive statement after an impressive 2-1 win over table-toppers East Rainton.
Alan Carter’s men now look to have a say in the league title race and aim to keep the Victoria Gardens on their toes.
Richie Timm gave Hendon the perfect start, finding the net in the first 20 seconds with a delicate lob over the keeper after a great searching pass from defence.
East Rainton had the chance to level things from the spot, but Gaunt could not beat the impressive Chapman between the sticks.
Rainton did manage to find the net after a good move from the wing, Lee Gaunt sliding home to find the net.
Both sides had chances, but Hendon always looked like they scoring and Anth Carter was on hand to hit the winner with a glorious volley into the top corner
James “Jiffy” Dickinson was at it again as he hit a brace to secure all three points for Wearmouth CW and secured the man of the match award.
Tom Jones shone for Park View in their 2-0 defeat.