Sunderland Echo - - Football -

Wash­ing­ton Vic­to­ria Inn and Pen­shaw Catholic Club shared the points in a Premier Di­vi­sion derby full of qual­ity football.

Pen­shaw were the strongerteaminthe­firsthalf, on a poor Glebe Park sur­face, with mid­fielder John Spence shin­ing and they de­servedly went ahead when fit-again striker Chris Moody latched onto a great ball over the de­fence, sprinted clear and dis­patched the ball past the on­com­ing keeper.

Vic­to­ria started the sec­ond half bet­ter, tak­ing the game to Pen­shaw, while their de­fence was mar­shalled by man of the match Neil John­son.

How­ever, it took a de­fen­sive mis­take for them to level at 1-1 as Steve Burns con­verted a far-post cross, in what looked like an off­side po­si­tion.

Im­pres­sive Ry­hope Foresters picked up their fourth win, 3-1 at lowly Dar­ling­ton Shut­tle and Loom, while Eas­ing­ton Col­liery CIU en­joyed an ex­cel­lent 3-1 vic­tory against Spen­ny­moor Town.

Red­house WMC rose to eighth place on the back of a 2-1 win at bot­tom club Wallsend Com­mu­nity.

Hyl­ton CW slipped to 10th af­ter a 3-1 home loss to joint lead­ers Hartle­pool Workies.

Hyl­ton cut the deficit to 2-1 late on, scram­bling home af­ter the vis­i­tors failed to deal with a corner.

Hyl­ton laid siege to Workies’ goal in the next 10 min­utes, but they could not force an equaliser, and the Hartle­pool side broke to hit a clinch­ing third goal.

Grindon Broad­way stayed sec­ond in Di­vi­sion One, and cut the gap to lead­ers Whit­ley Bay Sea­horse, with a 3-2 home vic­tory over New­ton Ay­cliffe Cob­blers Hall.

Sea­horse lost 3-2 to third­top South Shields, while Sea­ham Marl­bor­ough are fifth fol­low­ing a 2-2 draw at Blakelaw SC, Thorn­ley Celtic crashed 6-0 to Wallsend BC and Sher­burn Vil­lage went down 2-0 at Fer­ry­hill Grey­hound.

Ivy Leg­ends sit third in Di­vi­sion Three af­ter a 2-0 tri­umph against Hartle­pool Stag & Mon­key.

The home side were in front on the half hour, carv­ing open the Stag de­fence with ease, and dou­bled their lead just af­ter half-time in sim­i­lar fash­ion.

Lead­ers Pel­ton Rose­berry Grange won 2-1 at fel­low high-fliers Durham County Strollers, while sec­ond-top Wash­ing­ton JFC Bid­dick Inn pipped The Philadel­phia 3-2 in a tight duel.

Houghton Cricket Club moved off the foot of the ta­ble with a 3-0 win over Hartle­pool Vets, who are now bot­tom, while Roll­sRoyce drew 1-1 at Win­gate Con­sti­tu­tional Club.

In Di­vi­sion Four, Wear­mouth Old Boys turned on the style to go fifth with a 6-1 de­mo­li­tion of Pen­ny­well Com­rades.

Doxy Lad lost 3-1 to Sedge­field, while bot­tom club Pen­ny­well Vets were beaten 6-1 by lead­ers Hartle­pool Jack­sons Arms and Boldon Col­liery Tav­ern suc­cumbed 2-0 at Durham County Veterans.

Gateshead Red­heugh edged a 6-5 thriller against sec­ond-top Hed­worth­field Red Hackle. Shildon se­cured their fifth win of the cam­paign in another en­ter­tain­ing clash, edg­ing home 4-3 away to Ty­nesiders For­est Hall.

Wear­mouth CW Old Boys (blue) look to cre­ate an open­ing against Pen­ny­well Com­rades last week­end.

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