Busy end of season for Sunday football teams
By Stuart Laundy - Senior Reporter
Wear Valley Sunday League
IT’S been a busy few weeks since park football recommenced since the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, with teams now playing at least twice a week to complete this season's league programme.
Last Tuesday saw Gainford Cross Keys entertain a strong Leeholme WMC side at the village recreation ground and in an extremely one-sided affair which ended in a comprehensive win for the visitors, it was midfielder Harry Hobbs who produced the highlight of the match. Having conceded a goal in the first couple of minutes, Hobbs spotted the Leeholme keeper off his line as the game restarted.
He connected perfectly from a good 15 yards inside his own half and sent the ball sailing over the hapless keeper and into the back of the net.
Sadly, that was as good as it got for Gainford. Leeholme were quicker to the ball throughout and sliced through the home defence at will. The final score ended 10-1 in Leeholme’s favour.
Gainford were back in action on Sunday with a trip to Willington Black Horse which saw the third-placed hosts run out 4-2 winners.
Mark Harding and Alan Haycock were on target for Gainford, while the ever-dependable Ben Moore was judged his side’s man-of-the-match. Gainford’s final three games of the season include a derby this Sunday at Toft Hill Three Tuns and a visit to Spennymoor Ash Tree before rounding off with the return fixture at Leeholme.
Toft Hill were also in action last Tuesday, recording a 3-2 home win against BA Sports thanks to goals from Ryan Chambers, Luke Robson and Chris Murphy.
Then on Sunday, the side played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at North Bitchburn Red Lion. Murphy was again on the scoresheet along with Allan Jones and Anthony Boyes. Toft Hill were due back in mid-week action against Leeholme on Tuesday, and as well as hosting Gainford face a trip to Bay Horse Blues before ending their campaign with a visit to Willington.
Division 1: Coundon 6, Shildon Institute 1.
Division 2: NA Roundhouse 1, Leeholme 10.
DAF Sunday Cup round 1: Bay Horse Blues 1, Hartlepool Lions O'Malley's 4; Consett Top Club 4, Middlestone Moor 1.
Round 2: Dawdon Welfare Park 1, Witton Park 1 (Dawdon won 4-2 on penalties).