1st April 2008

SuperleaguesmallSassco shock the favourites in the Final.

A 0-0 shut out ends with a 3-1 shoot out victory for Sassco.

The winning Sassco team with the AGUK Super League trophy
Sassco pictured with the AGUK Super League Trophy. Back row are David Simpson, Dave Gourlay, Simon Mulvaney, Davinder Sangha. Sitting are Stephen Lewis, Mark Cresswell and Keith Mouat.

Sassco.co.uk 0 Sporting Redhouse 0 Final
Sassco won 3-1 on penalties


An unexpected conclusion to the AGUK Super League as the rank outsiders, Sassco - a team which crept into the last four, triumphed with a rare 0-0 draw and a shoot out victory.

Sporting Redhouse were overwhelming favourites against an improved Sassco team. Sassco presented the same line up as in their tremendous Semi Final victory over the holders. Simpson, Mulvaney, Sangha, Gourlay, Mouat, Lewis and Cresswell. The disappointment to anyone independent was that Sporting, with a dream team line up of Sangha, Williamson, Walker, Anderson, Davison, Harrison and Cromack - all who'd won countless trophies in the Sassco League, would probably triumph and thus gain the Treble. However, Sassco had their own plans in place. The wind was shocking and worked fully in Sassco's favour. Both teams played it on the floor, but the wind was preventing any quick breaks. Sporting had the lions share in the opening half with a few misplaced passes from Sassco letting them in. But Simpson, who controversially replaced Logan in the last few League games, was sure to every shot. But saying that, none of the shots were devastating and were more like snatched shots. 0-0 at half time and in the second, Sassco seemed to be coping quite well as their forays into the Sporting half were more frequent. Yet despite this, Sassco failed to muster a single shot on target and eventually retreated into their negative shell, with Mulvaney remaining deep thus adding a third defender to the team. Sporting were frustrated. Harrison was the main threat, but surprisingly, Steve Anderson, widely regarded as the overall best player within the League wasn't a threat at all.

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So, just like the last time Sassco were in a Tuesday final it went to penalties (They lost against Crown back in Season 5 in the same competition). Sassco were jubilant as the penalties started and Sporting looked visibly gutted. Cresswell fired in the opener for Sassco and it was 1-0. Billy Harrison walloped his in so it was 1-1. Then it was down to Gourlay, who's shot crashed in off of the roof of the net. Then, the villain of the piece, the team hopping Traitor finally got his comeuppance as Simpson shut out his shot. 2-1 and Sassco's Stephen Lewis stepped up and rammed home the winner.

A glorious end for Sassco as they gained their first trophy on a Tuesday since their Season 4 victory (ironically also over Sporting) back in 2001. |

25th March 2008

SuperleaguesmallSassco shock the holders.

with a 2-1 win over AFC. Sporting cruise past a poor Youth's.

25 03 08

Sporting Redhouse 4 Redhouse Youth 0
After last weeks excellent 1-1 draw against AFC, Redhouse Youth's put in an insipid performance as they lamely went out of the Cup. Barely a shot on Sporting's goal in the first half was in contrast to Sporting's two well taken strikes. At half time, the fortunes turned slightly as the Youth's pressed on, but a breakaway goal to send Sporting away at 3-0 meant that the mountain was way too high to climb for the Youth's. A goal scored at a tight angle completed the humiliation for the Youth's team who just haven't been firing on all cylinders since the introduction of Hembrough and Murton. Ironically, the two superstars were absent from their encounter against AFC last week and, no doubt, will be plying their trade in the USA Major League Soccer once their career with the Youth's ends.

Sassco.co.uk 2 AFC Redhouse 1
A shocker of a result, but it was "now or never" as Sassco's supremo, Davinder Sangha, challenged his troops. His reasoning was that this was the strongest Sassco team out for a long time as Keith Mouat was back and the mythical Dave Gourlay came in as the seventh man, with Simon Mulvaney also making an appearance. AFC were missing Flash Jordan. But as they were unbeaten, the holders and also the favourites to retain their crown, they really didn't need to worry and everyone wanted to play Sassco as they were unquestionably the weakest of the four Semi Finalists.

Sassco came out of the blocks the quickest and limited the chances made by AFC. A free-kick from Keith Mouat broke the deadlock, just after Mark Cresswell's goal was disallowed. But as Sassco were ahead in their group encounter (which they lost 3-1) meant that they had it all to do. Lewis, in the second half, drove through his Saturday team mates and scored a superb second goal to make it 2-0. From then on Sassco defended desperately, with great blocks from Mouat, Sangha and Mulvaney. AFC shot either high or wide and Simma made a few good stops to keep Sassco in it. Charlie scored with around five minutes remaining to make it 2-1 and everyone waited for the inevitable AFC equaliser. It didn't come and time was played out to send Sassco, unexpectedly into the Final - their first appearance since Season 5. It's also extra ammunition for Cressy as well as he's trying to impress this bird who's showing no interest in him whatsoever. Maybe bringing the trophy home might impress her.

Gash was quite gracious in defeat. "Well done Sassco. Took their chances unlike AFC and hopefully they will win instead of the corrupt and universally hated Sporting Redhouse. A team who seem to have bribed their way into the Final. Rumours are abound about an impending transfer for Hembrough to Sporting, which explains his impotent performance in the other Semi Final."

Witherwack 4 Downhill FC 2
A good start for Witherwack as they opened their Season 12 campaign and a reasonable opening from Downhill. Liam Wooton and Steve Conlin shared the four goals for Witherwack and Mark Bewick and Campbell scored Downhill's. The win puts them joint on points with FC Hendon.

4th March 2008

SuperleaguesmallSemi Finalists are decided.

Only the positions remain to be decided for Sporting, Youths, AFC and Witherwack.

A very disappointing night. Namely, because the appointed referee, Gavin Sloan, failed to show without any explanation. None has been forthcoming yet, so I will take a deep breath before letting loose. It proves my theory of referee's not really understanding that the game needs them to be there and punctual. My thanks go to Stephen Lewis, Anth Pearson and Daniel Campbell for standing in a refereeing the games in truly miserable conditions.

Sporting Redhouse 8 Downhill FC 1
Campbell's superb strike ping ponged off several players before nestling into the back of Sporting Redhouse's goalmouth. Shock? I'm afraid not. The eight goals against, gave it away. Sporting are comfortably into the Semi Finals now, while Downhill hit rock bottom.

Sassco.co.uk 4 ALS 1
ALS suffered an opening defeat in the debut as replacements for Southwick FC. They struck the opener against a changed Sassco side, but Sassco roared back with a superb long range effort from Lewis again. Soon after, Sassco gained a penalty and Lee Cresswell made it 2-1. The second half saw goals from Lee Cresswell and Stephen Lewis to make it a comprehensive 4-1 win.

Witherwack 4 Downhill FC 3
Downhill's second outing was more positive. However, it ended in defeat which also eliminated Sassco from the Semi Finals. Frog grabbed an unlikely hat-trick for Downhill, but Witherwack replied immediately with an extra goal. The win gives Witherwack a Semi Final spot.

Redhouse Youth 8 Sassco.co.uk 0
A bit of a walloping. Sassco were already out and Youth's were already through. Sassco only had five players, who held on bravely, but once a quick two goals went in, most gave up in a game which nearly turned nasty.

FC Hendon played against Witherwack in a late friendly which resulted in a 4-1 win for Hendon.

22nd January 2008

Sporting Redhouse, Season 11 League Champions.

Pictured with the Sassco League Trophy.

Season11LeagueWinners

Standing are Trevor Walker, Tarnjit Sangha, Gary Davison and Steve Anderson. Sitting are Billy Harrison, Simon Williamson and Paul Cromack.

22nd January 2008

Open C SmallSporting Redhouse and AFC Redhouse cruise into the Final.

AFC overcome a strong Youth team. Sporting and Wear just kick each other.

AFC Redhouse 2 Redhouse Youth 0 Semi Final
A strong looking Redhouse Youth team came undone, unexpectedly, against a scratch AFC team in the first Semi Final. The Open Cup, so far, had been hit and miss due to team withdrawals and eliminated teams being given second chances. The real business was in the Semi Finals, where the four strongest sides appeared. It was Tommy Bell who opened the scoring and Grant's glory goal, which would have made it 2-0, was disallowed, much to his anguish. Yet, even as the Youth's pressed on with their full team of Hembrough, Murton and co., even a hastily drafted McClusky couldn't keep out Charlie's clinical free-kick in the second half. Experience over Youth again, as AFC once again, appear in the Final like they did last time.

Sporting Redhouse 5 Wear Consulting 2 Semi Final
Well rested after their scare and near hiccup against Witherwack in the Quarter's; Sporting came out all guns blazing and overwhelmed a confident looking Wear Consulting team. They raced into an unassailable 3-0 lead, before Tyzack pegged one back for Wear Consulting. However, almost immediately afterwards, Billy Harrison fired in the fourth and his hat-trick. Simon Williamson and Trevor Walker scored the others for Sporting, while Siddall grabbed the other goal for Wear. The game descended into a kicking match with both Mouat's attempting to kick Harrison out of the game. A yellow card was issued to Paul Mouat, but it could have been worse. Sporting now return to a Cup Final, a privilege they last had in Season 8 (it's Season 11 now) back in December 2005. They won the Treble on that occasion.

Tyzack's view was quite different. He thought a combination of poor referring decisions and bad luck cost his team dearly. The first goal, he claimed, wasn't a free-kick and put the whole team off their game. Also, they were not happy with the decision of allowing a Sporting substitute while the ball was in play. However, Tyzack commented that, "Credit to Sporting as they took their chances and are in the final so good luck. We're looking forward to the next Cup competition."

Sassco.co.uk 5 Downhill FC 4 Friendly
A low key, but open game between two teams dumped out at early, but expected, stages of the Cup. Stephen Lewis was the man of the moment as he grabbed four goals in a 5-4 win for Sassco. Downhill didn't give up and kept pegging Sassco back every time.

Witherwack 4 Hendon Grange 2 Friendly
Another impressive result for Witherwack as they look to regroup for the next Cup. They have a manageable group with Downhill and AFC in, so an expected second place finish would put them through. They raced into a 3-0 lead over Hendon, who grabbed a consolation near the end. Witherwack then added a further goal to end the game.

No games next week due to Sunderland AFC v Birmingham on Tuesday night. The week after will see the Open Cup Final between AFC Redhouse and Sporting Redhouse along with some group games in the next cup - the AGUK Super League.

15th January 2008

Open C SmallSouthwick lose their Cup without kicking a ball .

Witherwack and Sassco get a second chance. Wear Consulting trounce Hendon Grange.

Witherwack 4 Sassco.co.uk 1 Second Chance Elimination Round
Both these sides had a second chance in the cup. Poor commitment from Southwick meant that they failed to field a team on the day. If it occurs again, then it's likely I can't enter them into the League or next Cup competition as we have other teams within the League who could have been left without games to play. This has made the draw a bit up and down, but essentially gives the teams there a chance to get through and get some match practice.

Witherwack looked like they wanted to have another chances as they blitzed Sassco in the first half. Two goals were quickly scored before Sassco clawed one back from Cresswell. However, shocking errors from the Sassco defence and goalkeeper meant that Witherwack's unassailable first half lead increased to 4-1 and the game was over as a competition. Ryan Davison and Steve Conlin shared the goals for Witherwack.

Redhouse Youth's 2 Witherwack 0 Quarter Final
Witherwack's reward was an encounter against a full strength Redhouse Youth team featuring Murton and Hembrough. Yet it was Yatesy who got in on to the act with two excellent goals, one being a free-kick. The start of the game was a bit slow for the Youth's as it was their first game back. But once the opener went in, they relaxed and passed the ball about easily beyond a now tired Witherwack side. It remained that way in the second half and until the end of the game. The Youth's are, at the moment, unsung which could weigh heavily in their favour. After all, they won it the season before last - and that was without Murton, Hembrough and Yates.

AFC Redhouse 8 Downhill FC 1 Quarter Final
Grant Foster, somehow, got three goals and announced that his game is just not about kicking...other people. Charlie struck another three and Brookey's long range efforts ended in two for him. Jason Calvert hammered Downhill's reply at and under Carl Middlemiss. It was so comfortable that AFC even risked Tommy Bell in goal for the latter stages. He didn't concede and Gash Brazier was his typical boisterous self when he discovered that his Semi Final opponents would be Redhouse Youths. "Walk over," he claimed. "They'll bottle it like Southwick did. We'll just kick Murton and Hembrough - both cast offs. Once they fade, the rest of the Youth's aren't up to much. The Cup is ours. We were cheated out of it last time. This time we'll make no mistake." Agreed Gash, better keep yourself on the sidelines for the important games then.

Wear Consulting 3 Hendon Grange 0 Quarter Final
A debut for Wear Consulting in the Tuesday League. However, they've been pitting their wits on the Wednesday competition for a good while now and their belated entry into the Tuesday competition was a triumphant one. Hendon would be considered dark horses, but Tyzack's men, one or two of which had been starved of success plodding along for Sassco in the past few seasons, came together and trounced Hendon. Dean Matthews, in goal for Hendon, suffered the most - being an ex-Sassco player as well. Tyzack scored two goals while Ian McCabe scored the crucial second goal. Also featuring for Wear Consulting were Paul Mouat (ex-Sporting) and Keith Mouat (ex-Sassco).

The Semi Final draw was made live at the pitch side during AFC's game against Downhill. The schedule for next week is as follows. Games to be played on the 22nd January.

7.00pm Sassco v Downhill FC (friendly)
7:30pm Redhouse Youth v AFC Redhouse
8:00pm Sporting Redhouse v Wear Consulting
8:30pm Available

8th January 2008

Open C SmallA Sporting get a scare. Downhill and Hendon sail through.

Washington Colliery's comeback in vain. Sassco's five men downed by Stokoe's three goals.

Open CSporting Redhouse 4 Witherwack 3 Quarter Final
A true shock to the system for Sporting. Having to face the ignominy of entering the Cup at this early stage, they suffered a scare. Billy Harrison put them 1-0 up against Witherwack and as they dominated the game, Witherwack struck an equaliser. More shocks minutes later as Witherwack went 2-1 up. Nearly going 3-1 up, Sporting hit back to make it 2-2. Then, a comical goal. Sangha's throw out hit the referee and rebounded to a Witherwack player who slotted it past the hapless Sangha. Sporting then struck another equaliser before scoring in the dying seconds to take the tie 4-3. A great open ended game. Witherwack can count themselves a bit unlucky. True, Sporting had lots of chances, but as in every season, they nearly got dumped out at the early stage again.

An error in the draw meant that one of the above Elimination Games would have to be classed as a Quarter Final. Due to teams pulling out, I didn't realise that 7 teams would be left by the end of the night instead of 8. So a random draw was done by Dean Matthews who pulled Sporting out of the hat to put them into the Semi Finals.

Downhill FC 4 Washington Colliery 2 Elimination Round
A debut for Washington Colliery wasn't going at all well. Downhill were rampant and three excellent goals later, they were 3-0 ahead and cruising. It was in the second half when Washington got to grips with the conditions. A quick two goals later, they were heading for the equaliser. However, Downhill fired in their fourth and the game was over with Downhill making a superb entrance into the Quarter Finals. Jamie Wilson and Craig Neal were the scorers for Washington. Dan Campbell scored two for Downhill with Ed Morrison and Jonny Atkinson getting the others.

Hendon Grange 3 Sassco.co.uk 0 Elimination Round
Sassco went heavily defensive against a strong looking Hendon team (featuring ex-Sassco player, Dean Matthews, in goal). It seemed to work as Hendon, relying on long range efforts, saw most of them thwarted by Logan in goal. At the other end, lone striker, Lewis, had a decent half and had a few pot shots. The game was changed when Mickey Donkin decided he was injured and limped off just prior to the half ending. Sassco held on with five men until around eight minutes were remaining. It was then that Liam Stokoe fired in a soft opener. He eventually got a hat-trick in shocking conditions. The sky just seemed to fall in for around five minutes. Great win for Hendon as they enter into the Quarter Finals.

The Quarter Final draw has been made (again by Dean Matthews). Games to be played on the 15th January.

7:30pm Southwick v Redhouse Youth
8:00pm AFC Redhouse v Downhill FC
8:30pm Hendon Grange v Wear Consulting
Sporting v Witherwack (already played, 4-3 win for Sporting)

8th January 2007

A 1-1 draw keeps Southwick in second place.

Sporting confirmed as Title winners.

AFC Redhouse 1 Southwick FC 1 double result
Jiff, deciding to remain on the pitch this week, fired Southwick into the lead in the first half. This was after McClusky had kept Southwick's goal clear with some good stops. As the game wore on, a more stronger looking Southwick team looked likely to take an unassailable lead, however, Sean Brook fired in an equaliser late in the game. The scoring ended there with chances at both ends. As it was a double result, the table remains the same with last seasons Champions, Southwick, holding second place.

League Standings

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1 Sporting Redhouse
14
12
1
1
42
13
29
37
2 Southwick FC
14
9
4
1
44
19
25
31
3 AFC Redhouse
14
9
4
1
30
11
19
31
4 Redhouse Youth
14
8
2
4
37
14
23
26
5 Redhill
14
5
1
8
33
36
-3
16
6 Hylton Castle
14
5
0
9
34
30
4
15
7 Sassco.co.uk
14
1
1
12
16
51
-35
4
8 Downhill FC
14
0
1
13
19
81
-62
1

18th December 2007

Sporting take the Title as Southwick implode.

Jiff storms off and Southwick are trounced 3-0.

Sporting Redhouse 3 Southwick FC 0
The biggest game of the season ended in a whimper and not a bang. Southwick, trailing 1-0 in the first ten minutes, spectacularly imploded as Jiff and Danny Hall had a slanging match, which resulted in Jiff storming off and refusing to come back on the field of play. A disaster as Sporting comfortably added a further two goals to cement their Title. They had a double game against Downhill afterwards, but this just confirmed it.

Sporting Redhouse 5 Downhill 2 double result
The result was classed as double as the League draws to a close. Only games remaining are Southwick's double-header against AFC Redhouse to decide on the second and third place finishes.

Witherwack 5 Sassco.co.uk 1 friendly match
Another very impressive result from Witherwack as they annihilated a sorry looking Sassco team 5-1, despite a 0-0 half time score.

League Standings

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1 Sporting Redhouse
14
12
1
1
42
13
29
37
2 Southwick FC
12
9
2
1
43
18
25
29
3 AFC Redhouse
12
9
2
1
29
10
19
29
4 Redhouse Youth
14
8
2
4
37
14
23
26
5 Redhill
14
5
1
8
33
36
-3
16
6 Hylton Castle
14
5
0
9
34
30
4
15
7 Sassco.co.uk
14
1
1
12
16
51
-35
4
8 Downhill FC
14
0
1
13
19
81
-62
1

Sassco Open Cup
The initial draw has been made for the Elimination Round. Three games are due to be played on the 8th January 2008. The draw is as follows:

Whitley Bay Deaf FC v Hendon Grange
Sporting Redhouse v Witherwack FC
Washington Colliery v Mountain Daisy FC
Downhill FC v Wear Consulting

Southwick, AFC, Youth's, and Sassco are all in the Quarter Final draw as they finished high in the last Open Cup. The fixtures above could change. If another team comes in, for example, then the lowest placed team from last season's Open Cup will be pulled out of the Quarters to play in the Elimination Round. Alternatively, if a team doesn't enter, then their opponents will received a bye to the Quarter Finals.

Last Season's competition results are shown below.

Season10OpenCup

11th December 2007

Getting close to the finishing line.

Youth's, Redhill and Sassco finish their campaigns. Redhill put a dent in AFC's.

Southwick FC 3 Hylton Castle 0 - match awarded
Hylton Castle were missing for the second consecutive week. Again, with notice (albeit short), but the match has been awarded.

Need Danny Hodgson to contact me within the next few days if Hylton Castle are still in for the Cup Competitions.

Redhouse Youths 3 Sassco.co.uk 1
The end game for both these teams. Contrasting fortunes. Sassco had a disaster of a season, but Youth's didn't fulfill expectations. With both Murton and Hembrough joining when they were flying high, they failed to maintain the challenge. With four defeats, they were out of the reckoning. However, they finished on a positive note. An easy and comfortable win against Sassco was played in icy conditions. The hardened pitch was making life difficult for both teams, but Youth's coped easily. An early goal from Baxendale set them on their way and it seemed to be settled when Yates fired in a free-kick. Sassco came back with Mickey Donkin nodding in a disputed header. Eventually Youth's added a third and final goal when Yates stole past Sangha and Simpson to make it 3-1.

AFC Redhouse 0 Redhill 0
A truly pulsating game to end the competitive games on the night. AFC had many chances, but most were wide. A penalty was missed by Grant Foster who was then dismissed (and misses the next game) for two challenges. Redhill then went on the offensive and Carl Middlemiss must have made at least ten top drawer saves to keep AFC in it. Yet, the game when they needed to score, they fired blanks. 0-0 the final scoreline. AFC have two remaining games against Southwick. They have to win them both and hope Sporting slip up.

Redhill are immediately suspended and will not be invited into the cup competition. They owe a total of £15 now due to another kit fine (this time £10) to add to the one last week. They also need to hand back two shirts to the organisers. If not returned, then the details will got to Durham County FA who will ban all the players until they are returned. I'm disappointed mainly because I provided them with the shirts to help out with kit.

Witherwack FC 3 Downhill FC 1 friendly match
The new team came up trumps in this friendly game. They were fully kitted and played some good football in the worsening conditions. Their just rewards was a 3-1 win over Downhill and we'd be happy to have them in the League.

Remaining Fixtures
AFC Redhouse v Southwick FC (twice)
Sporting Redhouse v Downhill FC (twice)
Southwick FC v Sporting Redhouse

Next week, AFC can't make it so the fixtures will be Sporting Redhouse v Southwick FC. Sporting will also be asked if they want to play a second game on the same night against Downhill. If not, they'll play after Christmas. They will also be asked if the Downhill game can count as a double result. The choice will be theirs.

League Standings

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1 Southwick FC
11
9
2
0
43
15
28
29
2 AFC Redhouse
12
9
2
1
29
10
19
29
3 Sporting Redhouse
11
9
1
1
29
9
20
28
4 Redhouse Youth
14
8
2
4
37
14
23
26
5 Redhill
14
5
1
8
33
36
-3
16
6 Hylton Castle
14
5
0
9
34
30
4
15
7 Sassco.co.uk
14
1
1
12
16
51
-35
4
8 Downhill FC
12
0
1
11
15
71
-56
1

4th December 2007

Run of the mill results.

Youth's turnaround to win. Hylton Castle concede a game. Charlie's double downs Sassco.

Southwick FC 3 Hylton Castle 0 - match awarded
Danny Hall reckoned he'd be beating three men and firing in a hat-trick, while Jiff'd be firing blanks. It's would have probably gone the other way with Jiff getting the goals and Hall having a clanger. However, we'll never know. Hylton were unable to present a team and cancelled the game with notice. Match awarded to Southwick.

Redhouse Youths 2 Redhill 1
A bit of a turnaround. Redhill were dominant and struck the bar on several occasions. They couldn't add to their opening goal and soon Youth's quality in the form of Hembrough and Murton shone through. Murton grabbed the equaliser and Youth's scored the winner in the second half.

Disappointed with both teams as payment wasn't made in full. It's likely I'll have to add a small fine for this. Also, Redhill have to pay a £5 fine for kit violation. Both are suspended until payment is made.

AFC Redhouse 3 Sassco.co.uk 1
An equaliser from Lewis wasn't good enough as Charlie fired in two and Gash volleyed in one. It was a decent performance from Sassco, but AFC were much superior.The win puts them neck and neck with Sporting. Southwick still have a game in hand over both of them.

League Standings

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1 Sporting Redhouse
11
9
1
1
29
9
20
28
2 AFC Redhouse
11
9
1
1
29
10
19
28
3 Southwick FC
10
8
2
0
40
15
25
26
4 Redhouse Youth
13
7
2
4
34
13
21
23
5 Hylton Castle
13
5
0
8
34
27
7
15
6 Redhill
13
5
0
8
33
36
-3
15
7 Sassco.co.uk
13
1
1
11
15
48
-33
4
8 Downhill FC
12
0
1
11
15
71
-56
1

27th November 2007

All three top teams win.

Youth's overcome Hylton Castle 3-0, while Southwick and Sporting get comfortable wins.

Southwick FC 5 Sassco.co.uk 2
A decent first half from Sassco ended soon in the second when Southwick went 3-2 up. It was too high a mountain climb for a Sassco team regrouping and rebuilding for the cups. Lewis (ex-Bunker) scored on his debut and Simpson added to it. Jiff scored 4 goals while Mark Pemberton fired in the other. Southwick gained another three points and if they win all their remaining games, the trophy will be remaining with them.

Redhouse Youths 3 Hylton Castle 0
David Murton and Scott Hembrough fired the Youth's into an unassailable 2-0 lead over Hylton Castle, who looked shell-shocked. They came back into it strongly, but some mind blowing saves from Mullen kept them out and allowed Scott Hembrough to break for the third goal.

Sporting Redhouse 3 Redhill 1
Redhill gave their all, but it didn't get them the points. Neil Middlemiss fired in two tight angle goals give Sporting a strong lead. Late on, Sangha was caught unawares by Frog as Redhill pegged them back. However, this good work was over as Trevor Walker scored Sporting's third.

League Standings

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1 Sporting Redhouse
11
9
1
1
29
9
20
28
2 AFC Redhouse
10
8
1
1
26
9
17
25
3 Southwick FC
9
7
2
0
37
15
22
23
4 Redhouse Youth
12
6
2
4
32
12
20
20
5 Hylton Castle
12
5
0
7
34
24
10
15
6 Redhill
12
5
0
7
32
34
-2
15
7 Sassco.co.uk
12
1
1
10
14
45
-31
4
8 Downhill FC
12
0
1
11
15
71
-56
1

20th November 2007

AFC open it up!

Sporting suffer their first defeat. Southwick and Youth's share the points.

AFC Redhouse 3 Sporting Redhouse 2 - Report by Gareth Brazier (AFC)
Both teams went into the game on the back of good form and I fully expected it to be a tight game despite Steve "Borat" Andersons claims they would murder us.

First half Brooke was benched as we tried to opt for all out attack, however it saw us at sixes and sevens as our new "Christmas pudding" formation fell somewhat inevitably, flat on its arse. The roll on roll off subs also seemed to hinder us when it should have been straightforward, although I didn't count into my reckoning our average team IQ being around about 5, one goes off, one comes on, not exactly rocket science is it?

Anyways we couldn't string 2 passes together whereas Sporting did what they do best and kept the ball away from us, they soon went ahead when Mini put past his boy. Bugger. We created sod all apart from a few from distance which Tanjy hoyed his cap on. Sporting then doubled their lead with the last kick of the first half, Si slotting home a free kick, clearly aided by the fact that the ref had marched our wall a good 30 yards back.

Second half we kicked off and within seconds had pulled one back, Tommy "ten teams" Bell somehow fired it in from an angle but it seemed to bounce over tanj before hitting the net, a fluke but a goals a goal. Next 10 mins saw us right up for it and winning every second ball to comply with a few meaty tackles, Tanj saved well from Charlie's free kick and then again from Bell, whilst Carlos did what was needed at the other end. The equalizer came when of all people Grant Foster surged forward, blinding the sporting defence with his new silver boots and tucked it away. Get in.

Then with 3 minutes left Flash Jordan Gallagher picked up the ball went on a run bamboozling everyone(including himself), before unleashing a left foot screamer which flew in off the underside of the bar. How dyer like that Mr Anderson?!!!

Last minute saw Mini sent off for god knows what, thought him and the ref were going to come to blows which would have provided some entertainment to warm us up as it was truly pissing down. Good to see Anth sends other people off and not just I was getting a bit paranoid.

Southwick FC 2 Redhouse Youths 2
Report to follow.

Hylton Castle 3 Sassco.co.uk 0
Sassco were unable to field a team and thus conceded the game to Hylton Castle at 3-0.

* The table below doesn't contain BarPure. No team has come forward to replace them yet so it seems as if they will be deleted.

** Durham FA have been informed regarding the sending off and bad behaviour. We will be awaiting their advice on how to proceed.

League Standings

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1 Sporting Redhouse
10
8
1
1
26
8
18
25
2 AFC Redhouse
10
8
1
1
26
9
17
25
3 Southwick FC
8
6
2
0
32
13
19
20
4 Redhouse Youth
11
5
2
4
29
12
17
17
5 Hylton Castle
11
5
0
6
34
21
13
15
6 Redhill
11
5
0
6
31
31
0
15
7 Sassco.co.uk
11
1
1
9
12
40
-28
4
8 Downhill FC
12
0
1
11
15
71
-56
1

13th November 2007

Redhill win a thriller.

Coburn's missing "goal". Five

BarPure failed to show again for their scheduled game against Redhouse Youth. The match has been awarded to Youth's 3-0, but BarPure have been removed from the competition. Despite excellent organisation since their debut, they've been struggling in the last few weeks. This is the second time they've dropped out on the day so it isn't fair on the other teams to keep them in and then cancel a game on the day in future.

We're looking for a replacement. However, if one isn't found, then we will have to delete them from the League.

AFC Redhouse 3 Downhill FC 1
A surprisingly resilient performance from Downhill. They had a good side out and it showed. They forced a few early saves, but two tight angle strikes from "Flash" Jordan Gallagher showed AFC's superior finishing ability. Despite this, Downhill did get a goal, but a reply from Brook settled the game 3-1 for AFC.

Sporting Redhouse 5 Sassco.co.uk 0
Another heavy defeat for Sassco. This time, Simon Mulvaney failed to show and they were put to the sword against Sporting. It was 1-0 in the first half, but a goal in the second saw the floodgates open and Sporting added another five, and more importantly, another three points.

Redhill 4 Hylton Castle 2
The game of the night by far. Redhill fired in the opener, but a controversial decision meant Hylton Castle didn't get the early equaliser which was dispatched by Shaun Coburn. The ball shot straight through the side netting. This was confirmed by those on the sidelines, but the referee let the decision stand. Hylton soon grabbed a goal, but further goals from Redhill always had them on the back foot. Bewick (aka Frog) fired in two, while Catcheside and Lay scored the others. Hylton had clawed it back to 2-2, but excellent saves from Lainey kept Hylton Castle out. A wicked deflection off Snowball made it 3-2 to Redhill, before a final shot made it 4-2. An excellent open game contested between two strong sides. Would the result have been different had Hylton Castle been awarded their early "goal".

Redhill have been fined £5 for failing to have a full kit. They've also been warned that the shirts (provided by Sassco) will be taken off them if it happens again. The agreement was to have one person hold the shirts after each game and not to give them out to players to take home.

League Standings

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1 Sporting Redhouse
10
9
1
0
28
5
23
28
2 Southwick FC
9
8
1
0
42
11
31
25
3 Redhouse Youth
12
7
1
4
33
12
21
22
4 AFC Redhouse
9
7
1
1
23
7
16
22
5 Redhill
12
5
1
6
32
32
0
16
6 Hylton Castle
10
4
0
6
31
21
10
12
7 Sassco.co.uk
12
3
1
8
18
38
-20
10
8 BarPure.co.uk
9
0
2
7
6
31
-25
2
9 Downhill FC
13
0
2
11
17
73
-56
2

30th October 2007

The "Big One" ends honours even.

Youth's comfortable but narrow win. AFC "lose" a goal in their win.

Redhouse Youths 3 BarPure.co.uk 2
Youth's were dominant, but lacked a little concentration. BarPure only came out with five men as Callum Collins was an injured bystander. Not surprisingly, they went 2-0 down, but stunningly took their limited chances to make it 2-2. In the second half, a superb strike from Kurt Baxendale gave the Youth's the initiative again, but BarPure rallied late on. Despite this, Youth's really should have been way ahead, but as it happens sometimes, the team with five play harder and the team with six tend to relax a little. The game saw some of the best goals seen in a while at the complex.

Sporting Redhouse 2 Southwick FC 2
The biggest encounter of the season watched by a large crowd. The game had everything good and bad. The good saw a superb opener from Southwick somehow loop into the goal. Sporting then hit back, but a disputed goal, late on saw Southwick take the plaudits. However, Sporting hit back again with an excellent goal to end the big game of the night 2-2.

The bad points were the indiscipline towards the stand in referee. Both teams could be either fined or deducted points due to behaviour. This league is quite lenient in sending's off and also cautions, but from now on, I will implement retrospective fines and bans. For example, if anyone swears at the referee, they could be banned and fined.

Gash Brazier was an interested bystander and, as usual, he had plenty to say. "A draw would be perfect," he said before the game. Afterwards, he was quite happy. "Both these two teams have nothing we need to fear. There were so many mistakes in the game and the attitude towards the referee was disgusting. Both teams should be kicked out for that..."

Report by Tarnjit Sangha (Sporting Redhouse)
The game of the night and most probably the game of the season so far saw the leaders and current champions, Southwick with a 100% record take on the only other team with a 100% record as well, Sporting Redhouse.

The game did not fail to disappoint. The two teams differ in styles. Southwick the all action, no nonsense approach while Sporting prefer the more subtle style with great passing and movement.

It was Southwick who really went at their closest rivals never letting Sporting settle on the ball. They really did knock Sporting out of their stride. But when Sporting did settle the quick one-two passing and movement caused Southwick a lot of problems.

It was a robust game. The referee really did have his hands full. Southwick took the lead twice, the second a controversial strike with everyone believing the forward had entered the keepers area.
However the goal stood.

But with just a minute remaining on the clock Sporting leveled to make the final score 2-2. Sporting did have a wonderful chance right at the death to steal all 3 points but Steven Anderson blazed the ball over the bar not realizing just how much time he had.

The draw was probably the fair result, but I can't help but feel that Southwick on the whole was the slightly better side and can feel a little aggrieved at the final whistle for not taking the spoils.

With both teams dropping points for the first time this season it will have given great heart to the only other realistic title challengers, AFC Redhouse who went into their game with Sassco knowing a win would help close the gap against the top two just that little more
.

AFC Redhouse 4 Sassco.co.uk 1
It should have been 5-1. The opener from the aforementioned Brazier hurtled through the tightest hole (sound familiar?) in the back of the net. It wasn't given, but soon after, a powerful shot squirmed under Logan. It was backs to the wall for Sassco, who just relied on the breakaway. It was 1-0 until late in the second when lax marking saw the second and third goals scored in quick succession. With their foot off the pedal, AFC allowed Sassco back into it with a goal from Mulvaney (his second in two games). However, a fourth dealt Sassco the final blow. Goals from Grant (2), Brooks and Brazier were the highlights of the game.

* I'll add goalscorer details later into the reports.

League Standings

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1 Southwick FC
9
8
1
0
42
11
31
25
2 Sporting Redhouse
9
8
1
0
23
5
18
25
3 Redhouse Youth
11
6
1
4
30
12
18
19
4 AFC Redhouse
8
6
1
1
20
6
14
19
5 Redhill
11
4
1
6
28
30
-2
13
6 Hylton Castle
9
4
0
5
29
17
12
12
7 Sassco.co.uk
11
3
1
7
18
33
-15
10
8 BarPure.co.uk
8
0
2
6
6
28
-22
2
9 Downhill FC
12
0
2
10
16
70
-54
2

30th October 2007

Youths fading away.

Defeat against Southwick. AFC take more

Southwick FC 3 Redhouse Youths 0
Kyle Sumner, Danny Hall and Jiff Dickinson put a spanner in the Youth's recent upsurge. A 3-0 trouncing wasn't helped by the fact that Bunta has failed to show for two of their most critical games. Southwick are still 100% and look like contenders with Sporting. The two games between them two will be critical.

BarPure.co.uk 2 Downhill FC 2
An open game. BarPure were back after their no-show last week (and recorded defeat). Downhill were looking for points in one of the games where both teams were evenly matched. Speedy and Mark Eden fired in the goals for BarPure, but Downhill also did the same. A 2-2 draw was probably a fair result.

AFC Redhouse 6 Redhill 2
Gash Brazier was fuming at Sporting's "unavailability." He was looking forward to the game and was disgusted when he heard they'd pulled out due to player shortage. "I'm sick and tired of teams bottling it against AFC. Youth's did it and now Sporting. Tell Sangha I'll play him on Bunny Hill if he wants it bad enough." He was also scathing about Sporting's players. "Mini? He's nothing. Kick him and he'll be out of it." The fury was still deeply set as Catchy stole the ball and opened the scoring for Redhill. Ironically, Redhill had AFC on the back foot for the first few minutes, but naivety set in as AFC came roaring back. The eventual result was 6-2. Charlie, Gash and Grant all scored two goals a each. For Redhill, after their recent excellent performances, this wasn't a bad one, it was just an open and entertaining game. Catchy got both their goals.

Hylton Castle 3 Sassco.co.uk 1
Sassco were defending in numbers and it was all Hylton Castle. Yet, from a breakaway, Simon Mulvaney fired in a superb long range effort to make it 1-0 to Sassco. Hylton Castle dominated and eventually equalised through Daz Snowball. In the second half, Shaun Coburn fired one in to make it 2-1 and the game opened up as Sassco attempted to get one back. In the dying minutes, Keith Moon scored the third for Hylton Castle as they gained a deserved three points.

League Standings

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1 Southwick FC
8
8
0
0
40
9
31
24
2 Sporting Redhouse
8
8
0
0
21
3
18
24
3 Redhouse Youth
10
5
1
4
27
10
17
16
4 AFC Redhouse
7
5
1
1
16
5
11
16
5 Redhill
11
4
1
6
28
30
-2
13
6 Hylton Castle
9
4
0
5
29
17
12
12
7 Sassco.co.uk
9
2
1
6
14
29
-15
7
8 BarPure.co.uk
6
0
2
4
4
22
-18
2
9 Downhill FC
12
0
2
10
16
70
-54
2

23rd October 2007

Sporting beat the Youths.

Six points for Sporting in one night. Redhill

Sporting Redhouse 1 Redhouse Youths 0
A disputed goal from Middlemiss settled the major game of the night. Sporting were reasonably full strength with only Williamson missing. Murton was absent for Youth's having served his one game ban. In a tight game the only goal came when Middlemiss jumped high for a ball at the edge of the area to nod it past 'keeper, Dinning, who was making a return. Youth's were adamant it was in the box, but the goal stood and Sporting gain a major scalp in their quest to win back the Title.

Sporting Redhouse 3 Sassco.co.uk 0
A back to back game against lowly Sassco. New faces again for Sassco with Donkin and Simpson from the defunct Bunker and Keith Mouat making his first appearance this season. Cresswell also came in. For Sporting, Anderson opened the scoring and added to it from a tight angle. A further goal in the first half settled the game, which was goalless in the second. A trouncing for Sassco, but they performed quite well throughout and were unfortunate not to get at least a goal. Cresswell, in particular, had a good game.

Redhill 5 Downhill FC 1
Despite the handsome scoreline, Redhill spent most of the game bickering amongst each other. Catchy fired in the opener and never looked back, as Downhill suffered another heavy defeat.

League Standings

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1 Sporting Redhouse
8
8
0
0
21
3
18
24
2 Southwick FC
7
7
0
0
37
9
28
21
3 Redhouse Youth
9
5
1
3
27
7
20
16
4 AFC Redhouse
6
4
1
1
10
3
7
13
5 Redhill
10
4
1
5
26
24
2
13
6 Hylton Castle
8
3
0
5
26
16
10
9
7 Sassco.co.uk
8
2
1
5
13
26
-13
7
8 BarPure.co.uk
5
0
1
4
2
20
-18
1
9 Downhill FC
11
0
1
10
14
68
-54
1

16th October 2007

AFC

Sporting defeat Hylton Castle.

Sporting Redhouse 3 Hylton Castle 1
Sporting were full-strength, but Hylton Castle were lacking Gowey after another injury. Two goals from Middlemiss and one from Davison gave the victory to Sporting, with Dorwood replying for Hylton Castle. Sporting are closing in on pole position. They've played six games and, along with Southwick, are the only teams on 100% records.

Southwick FC 5 Downhill FC 1
Another heavy defeat for Downhill, although this was a more stubborn approach which held Southwick at bay for most of the first half. Nevertheless, a very strong looking Southwick team soon commenced the scoring, with two from Cresswell and one each from Danny Hall, Kyle Sumner and Michael Conlon. Anth Pearson struck Downhill's goal in a spectacular fashion, but it wasn't as good as Campbell's two corkers against Sassco the week before.

Redhill 6 Sassco.co.uk 1
Sassco did reasonably well in the first half amidst some intense Redhill pressure. But, just prior to half time, Redhill scored and subsequently, Dean Matthews was dismissed for Sassco. From the kick off, Muer's scored a long range effort as Lainey was busy chatting to someone on the sideline. Second half saw constant Redhill pressure and another five goals in the back of the net for a 6-1 Redhill scoreline.

Redhouse Youth 1 AFC Redhouse 1
The game of the night by far. A pulsating encounter saw Youth's take the lead in the second half from Kev Snowdon, but only to see it pegged back when Brooks finished off a superb move. The scoring ended there, but Carl Middlemiss pulled off some spectacular saves to keep it at 1-1. His opposite number, Ross Mullen, also clawed away a long distance effort near the end. Both teams were missing key players. Bunta for Youths and Bell for AFC. A fair result in the end.

League Standings

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1 Southwick FC
7
7
0
0
37
9
28
21
2 Sporting Redhouse
6
6
0
0
17
3
14
18
3 Redhouse Youth
8
5
1
2
27
6
21
16
4 AFC Redhouse
6
4
1
1
10
3
7
13
5 Redhill
9
3
1
5
21
23
-2
10
6 Hylton Castle
8
3
0
5
26
16
10
9
7 Sassco.co.uk
7
2
1
4
13
23
-10
7
8 BarPure.co.uk
5
0
1
4
2
20
-18
1
10 Downhill FC
10
0
1
9
13
63
-50
1

9th October 2007

Downhill's

Southwick and Hylton get massive wins.

Southwick FC 7 BarPure.co.uk 0
Another comprehensive win for Southwick as they keep their 100% record going. Goals from Danny Hall (2), Lee Cresswell (2), Kyle Sumner (2) and Critter.

Downhill FC 2 Sassco.co.uk 2
It was the "old" Sassco making a showing with Dean Matthews and Gary Tyzack returning. Yet, it was the same old arguments. Downhill took the lead, but a quick response from Gary Tyzack was ruined by Sangha giving away the ball from a throw in. 2-1 and Downhill kept the lead for most of the second half, until Simon Mulvaney fired one in from distance. Points lost for Sassco, but a point welcomed for Downhill.

Hylton Castle 12 Downhill 2
Redhill failed to show in any major form, so Downhill agreed to a second game - this time against Hylton Castle. It seemed to be a good idea when a long range effort was deflected past poor Pottsy, in goal for Castle. But, Castle came storming back and scored a frightening amount of goals. 12-2 was the final score.

Hylton Castle 3 Redhill 0 - match awarded
Match awared to Hylton Castle. Redhill are now under the control of Mark Bewick from next week onwards. It was too late to cancel the game in advance, so the points go to Hylton Castle.

Bunker could be replaced by Wear Consulting, under the control of Gary Tyzack. If not, then Bunker will eventually be deleted from the League.

Also, thanks to Anthony Barella for coming in to referee the games. Full marks from each team as he controlled the games without any problems.

League Standings

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1 Southwick FC
7
7
0
0
37
8
29
21
2 Redhouse Youth
8
6
0
2
32
6
26
18
3 Sporting Redhouse
5
5
0
0
14
2
12
15
4 AFC Redhouse
6
5
0
1
12
3
9
15
5 Hylton Castle
8
4
0
4
29
13
16
12
6 Redhill
9
2
2
5
18
25
-7
8
7 Sassco.co.uk
6
2
1
3
12
17
-5
7
8 BunkerUK.com
6
0
2
4
5
21
-16
2
9 BarPure.co.uk
6
0
2
4
2
20
-18
2
10 Downhill FC
9
0
1
8
12
58
-46
1

2nd October 2007

David "Bunta" Murton see's Red!

Sassco down to three players. AFC, Southwick

Hylton Castle 8 Downhill FC 1
Downhill didn't learn. Playing superior opposition again, they were picking the ball out of their own net before even an outfield player touched it. Hylton Castle were strong and resilient and despite conceding a goal from Downhill's Plunket, they managed to add a further seven goals to give them a handsome and much needed win.

Murton, red carded after grabbing two goals.Redhouse Youth 4 Sassco.co.uk 0
Not something you see every day; Sassco with three players. The team was on the back foot already as they only had five players. And this was against a rampant Redhouse Youth team, again featuring the iconic Murton and also Scott Hembrough. Both struck in the first half from distance with Murton hitting two goals and Scott one. Second half, the Sassco team tightened up, but the game flared up with five minutes remaining. Murton, who'd been dealt with heavily by Sassco's physically large team, was dispossessed of the ball and took his anger out on Mickey Walker. Both had a flare up in the first half and this one in the second saw Wallis and Walker pummelling the poor Murton, while all his team mates watched on. Everyone else was watching with amusement. All three were red carded. So Sassco's Sangha and Mark Middlemiss blocked everything and Logan made some good saves, with only Yatesy gaining any joy with the fourth goal in the last few minutes.

Southwick FC 6 Redhill 1
Another great performance from Southwick. Even Murton, standing on the sidelines, renowned for rubbishing his opponents, said that he'd "have to reconsider his assessment of the current Champions." Jiff Dickinson scored two while Dale Huggins did the same. The other goals came from Conlon and Sumner. Special mention for Lainey in Redhill's goal. Despite the heavy scoreline, he pulled off some amazing saves...

Redhill are fined £5 for one player wearing a different shirt. Yes I know it was green, but tops have to be IDENTICAL.

AFC Redhouse 3 BunkerUK.com 1
...as did Simpson for Bunker. They gained a shock lead, but AFC scored almost instantly with "Flash" Jordan Gallagher bagging his first. Craig Charlton had some superb opportunities, and scored two of them, but the misses were more memorable. The game was played in good nature, but as Tommy Bell said, "There's no mate's on the pitch." He was correct and even the returning Lewis for Bunker, couldn't prevent a defeat.

Bunker are fined £5 for three players wearing a different shorts and socks. They also owe £4 from their match fee which means that if not paid by this Saturday, the team is suspended and the points of their next game will be awarded to their opponents.

League Standings

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1 Redhouse Youth
8
6
0
2
32
6
26
18
2 Southwick FC
6
6
0
0
30
8
22
18
3 Sporting Redhouse
5
5
0
0
14
2
12
15
4 AFC Redhouse
6
5
0
1
12
3
9
15
5 Redhill
8
2
2
4
18
22
-4
8
6 Hylton Castle
6
2
0
4
14
11
3
6
7 Sassco.co.uk
5
2
0
3
10
15
-5
6
8 BarPure.co.uk
5
0
2
3
2
13
-11
2
9 BunkerUK.com
6
0
2
4
5
21
-16
2
10 Downhill FC
7
0
0
7
8
44
-36
0

25th September 2007

Shock return for Hembrough.

While Charlie makes an impact for AFC and "Mourinho" Harrison saves Danny Hall's skin.

A good night of football, despite the cold. The night was livened up by the returns of some major players. Hembrough for Youth's, Charlton for AFC and Harrison for Southwick. Also, thanks to all the teams for their prompt match details.

A full fixture list will be produced this coming week so that team will be aware of their games well in advance.

Sporting Redhouse 4 BarPure.co.uk 0
Five man Sporting were well under the pressure against BarPure. The opening shots went to BarPure and Sangha made some important stops. Eventually, Gary Davison turned up and the full complement took it in their stride. A through ball was dealt with, first time, by Trevor Walker as Sporting went ahead against the run of play. Eventually, it was 4-0 with further goals from Williamson, Middlemiss and Anderson.

Southwick FC 5 BunkerUK.com 0
As per last week, Bunker were again unrecognisable. This time it was against the Champions and they suffered for it. Danny Hall missed a howler of a penalty at the start, but his blushes were spared by three goals from the returning Billy Harrison, who's return is similar to what it'd be like if Jose Mourinho came back to Chelsea as a centre forward in the next few weeks. He laid the foundation for Southwick's domination and now, as a mere player, returned to bag a hat-trick. Further goals came from Lee Ellison and Michael Conlon, as Southwick's unbeaten run continues.

AFC Redhouse 3 Hylton Castle 1
Losing Murton and Middlemiss didn't seem to be a problem for the outspoken Gash Brazier. "They can rot in hell," he exclaimed as Craig Charlton, languishing in no-man's land with Bunker transferred over and wearing the same boots as Bunta, bagged two goals against arch-rivals Hylton Castle. The Castler's look a different team without McGowan and also lacked Danny Hodgson for this one. AFC were also featuring "Flash" Jordan Gallagher (no relation to the original "Flash" Gordon from the 1930's movie and the same named Sporting player). Gash Brazier stamped his authority on his team by grabbing a goal. Lee Melia's brilliant long distance effort, for Hylton Castle, to make it 3-1 was only

Redhouse Youth 11 Downhill FC 1
A shock return. The last time we saw Scott Hembrough in his prime was when he was in the papers back in 2006 lifting the Treble with Wearview. He then vanished, only to return for a brief aborted spell with Wearview in the Cup. Everyone then assumed he'd gone to the mountains or turned to religion. But when Coyney handed him a lucrative contract in a seedy Sunderland bar - far better than the contract given to Murton, he couldn't say no. Poor Downhill FC were the victims. Youth's were on top form. Hembrough helped himself to two goals, while Murton and Yates secured hat-tricks each. Stef Mitchell got one while Kurt scored two. "A new era in football," claimed the iconic Murton. It's going to take a very good team to stop the Youths from this day forward.

League Standings

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1 Redhouse Youth
7
5
0
2
28
6
22
15
2 Southwick FC
5
5
0
0
24
7
17
15
3 Sporting Redhouse
5
5
0
0
14
2
12
15
4 AFC Redhouse
5
4
0
1
9
2
7
12
5 Redhill
7
2
2
3
17
16
1
8
6 Sassco.co.uk
4
2
0
2
10
11
-1
6
7 Hylton Castle
5
1
0
4
6
10
-4
3
8 BarPure.co.uk
5
0
2
3
2
13
-11
2
9 BunkerUK.com
5
0
2
3
4
18
-14
2
10 Downhill FC
6
0
0
6
7
36
-29
0

18th September 2007

Murton revives the Youth.

Southwick win with five men. Sporting overcome

Redhouse Youth 2 Hylton Castle 0
Hylton Castle were heavily depleted, and to top it off, they had to face David "Bunta" Murton, freshly signed on from AFC Redhouse. The massive contract he was given and a say in the future of the Youth's direction was too hard to resist. He delivered the goods as well, with a second half strike to add to Anthony Yates' first half opener. Hylton Castle toiled under the pressure and didn't really create many chances.

So a new dawn for Murton, but also a period of uncertainty for AFC Redhouse who have also lost Chris Middlemiss. Yet, manager Brazier has already pin pointed some exciting new signings.

Redhouse Youth have a £5 kit fine to pay (Murton wearing white shorts and socks).

BarPure.co.uk 0 BunkerUK.com 0
A drab 0-0 effort. Both teams failed to create any reasonable chance on goal, but Bunker probably shaded it - if you could call it that. However, Bunker were almost un recognisable. Lewis, Raeper and Marley were all missing so it was a good result on their part.

BarPure have a £5 kit fine to pay (one player wearing black shorts).

Sporting Redhouse 3 Redhill 1
An early deflected goal from Frog gave Sporting a scare. The favourites were slightly depleted, so it was a collective sigh of relief when they secured an equaliser from Simon Williamson. They eventually added two more to gain a full three points and another important step towards reclaiming the Title.

Southwick FC 3 Sassco.co.uk 2
The scoreline looks tight, but that's because Southwick only had five men. Sassco didn't really know how to play against them and lacked intelligence to leave a man up front instead of floating about left, right and centre. Southwick opened the scoring, but a superb long range effort from Si Mulvaney, his second goal in two games, gave Sassco the equaliser. Dixon fired Sassco into the lead, but Southwick, who had more chances came storming back to take the game 3-2, with two goals from Jiff Dickinson.

League Standings

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1 Redhouse Youth
6
4
0
2
18
5
13
12
2 Southwick FC
4
4
0
0
19
7
12
12
3 Sporting Redhouse
4
4
0
0
10
2
8
12
4 AFC Redhouse
4
3
0
1
6
1
5
9
5 Redhill
7
2
2
3
17
16
1
8
6 Sassco.co.uk
4
2
0
2
10
11
-1
6
7 Hylton Castle
4
1
0
3
5
7
-2
3
8 BarPure.co.uk
4
0
2
2
2
9
-7
2
9 BunkerUK.com
4
0
2
2
4
13
-9
2
10 Downhill FC
5
0
0
5
6
26
-20
0

11th September 2007

"Game of the Century" goes to Sporting Redhouse.

Hylton Castle, Sassco.co.uk and Redhouse Youth all gain wins.

11 09 07

Sporting Redhouse 1 AFC Redhouse 0
The big game was played at the highest possible standard. A high tempo first half ended goalless, but the second half saw Steve Anderson fire in what was eventually the winner past AFC's Carl Middlemiss. Chances were missed at both ends, but both 'keepers had great games. Carl Middlemiss kept AFC in with a fighting chance and Tarnjit "The Asian Sensation" Sangha made some exceptional saves, as AFC piled on the pressure. David "Bunta" Murton once again made his feelings known as the AFC striker had a frustrating game. "The manager hasn't got a clue. We're falling apart at the seams and really need to build the momentum up again." Manager, Gash Brazier, after picking up his jaw from the floor when hearing Murton use multi syllable words claimed, "He's the one slagging everyone off, but he's the first one to borrow Sangha's boots and fire blanks like all the others who've borrowed them in the past. Will he ever learn? Also, he should be full of fitness and not blowing out of his backside because he's only had ten minutes or so on Saturday and will probably get the same this Saturday." Revenge was sweet for Sporting. Three of the side, Anderson, Taylor and Walker were recently on the end of an 11-a-side defeat against the five outfield AFC players. Steve Anderson dropped his boots off into the back of Gash's car and requested, that they be "properly cleaned for next week." Sporting's Gary Davison has also requested larger shorts because the pocket on the back of them had been ruined as David Murton spent the whole second half in there, although Murton begs to differ (via several expletives on the message board).

Sassco.co.uk 3 BarPure.co.uk 1
An impressive dipping shot from Ramshaw looked like a valid reward after BarPure hit Sassco with some immense pressure. However, within a minute, Josh Lay had fired a goal in reply which was disputed as in the box. The referee let it stand and in the second half, goals from debutante, Simon Mulvaney and a superb left foot strike from Dixon gave Sassco the three points.

Hylton Castle 4 Bunker UK.com 0
Bunker were back in the fold, now under the control of Brian Marley. Unfortunately, he showed no control as a fight broke out which resulted in himself and Shaun Coburn being dismissed. Bunker were depleted without the suspended Raeper and also Lewis forced in goal due to an injury. Four goals with none in reply. Darren Snowball got two, Keith Moon one and mercenary Lee Melia got the other.

Redhouse Youth 1 Redhill 0
The Youth's against the former Youth's. Redhill look likely to take on the mantle of the new improved young team within the League, but for once, it was the older Youth's who dished out the aggression, mainly focused on young Anderson. Accusations of spitting, late challenges and a nearside strike from Kurt Baxendale were the talking points. The scoring ended there in favour of the Redhouse Youths.

League Standings

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1 Redhouse Youth
5
3
0
2
16
5
11
9
2 Southwick FC
3
3
0
0
16
5
11
9
3 Sporting Redhouse
3
3
0
0
7
1
6
9
4 AFC Redhouse
4
3
0
1
6
1
5
9
5 Redhill
6
2
2
2
16
13
3
8
6 Sassco.co.uk
3
2
0
1
8
8
0
6
7 Hylton Castle
3
1
0
2
5
5
0
3
8 BarPure.co.uk
3
0
1
2
2
9
-7
1
9 BunkerUK.com
3
0
1
2
4
13
-9
1
10 Downhill FC
5
0
0
5
6
26
-20
0

4th September 2007

Nice, calm evening.

Sporting counter-attack the Youth's. Redhill share the points with BarPure.

A nice normal evening for a change. I was concerned that Town End FC wouldn't show for their opener so had Redhill and Downhill on standby in case. I was right. This means both Town End FC and Pallion FC are definitely not in the competition. One thing I clamp down on is teams not turning up. It's one strike and out as far as that rule's concerned.

Redhill 1 BarPure.co.uk
Callum Collins fired in the opener for BarPure and Redhill slowly started to panic. The game was played at pedestrian pace as most assumed a Redhill win. BarPure had other ideas and doggedly held on to the lead. Redhill even squandered a penalty. But eventually, the score was equalised as BarPure disputed the amount of additional time. 1-1 and a moral victory for BarPure who made it difficult for their opponents. Redhill have received a short

Southwick FC 6 Downhill FC 2
Lack of players led to Southwick literally grabbing two people from the sidelines (also incurring another kit fine). They settled and an open game against Downhill ensued. Jiff was on great form as he drove at the Downhill team to get back into it. The game was level at 2-2 for a short while, but eventually Southwick took the lead to 6-2 and another three points. What would have happened had their opponents been stronger? A let off in terms of organisation, but points in the bag.

Southwick have a £5 kit fine to pay.

AFC Redhouse 4 Downhill FC 0
A back to back game for Downhill ended in an inevitable defeat. It was backs to the walls as Middlemiss, Bunta, Foster and Brazier fired in the goals to keep the 100% run going. Bell was wearing my boots so it was an inevitable blank for him. After the game, Murton claimed, once again, that he was "the most feared striker in the business." Gash also made the claim that "the rest of the teams within the League shouldn't really bother turning up and stay in to watch Eastenders, because AFC will have it sewn up within weeks." Murton is also close to being named and shamed again for failing to pay his match subs to manager Brazier, who is showing impatience with his star striker. "I can't carry superstars in this team. I'll arrange a loan deal to Youth's if I have to. Then he'll see that the grass isn't greener on the other side."

Sporting Redhouse 2 Redhouse Youth 0
Youth's are crying out for a striker. A full-strength side was caught on the break twice in the opening half to conceded two goals (from Middlemiss). Yatesy looked like the Youth's best option, but this ended once he limped off with an injury. Youth's dominated the play and asked several questions of Tarnjit Sangha, in goal for Sporting, but the response was always negative. The cross bar and post were also shaved on many occasions. The win means Sporting, AFC and Southwick are the only unbeaten sides with 100% record.

League Standings

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1 Southwick FC
3
3
0
0
16
5
11
9
2 AFC Redhouse
3
3
0
0
6
0
6
9
3 Redhouse Youth
4
2
0
2
15
5
10
6
4 Sporting Redhouse
2
2
0
0
6
1
5
6
5 Redhill
5
1
3
1
16
13
3
6
6 Sassco.co.uk
2
1
0
1
5
7
-2
3
7 BunkerUK.com
2
0
1
1
4
9
-5
1
8 BarPure.co.uk
2
0
1
1
1
6
-5
1
9 Downhill FC
5
0
1
4
7
26
-19
1
10 Hylton Castle
2
0
0
2
1
5
-4
0

28th August 2007

Chaotic last half hour.

Raeper sees Red. Grant Foster fires in AFC's winner over Hylton Castle.

BarPure against Southwick FC

A chaotic evening. Firstly, Anth Mouat decided to let me know he couldn't make it on the day (suffering the typical "referee dropped me in it" curse which a lot of them seem to go through. Luckily, Liam Doughty, fully qualified as referee, stepped in for three games. Then, Pallion FC didn't turn up. Finally, Gash B, another qualified referee, misread my message and assumed he wasn't needed for the final game - which left two games on two pitches with no referees. Apologies go out to all involved, but that's what happens when referees and teams drop you in it on the day. I think that's the last time I try and be clever and put two pitches on. Everyone was nicely kitted though and Bunta paid his debt, so there's a silver lining to every clanger.

Southwick 5 BarPure.co.uk 0
BarPure were advertising for a goalkeeper, but the current incumbent didn't do too badly, despite the 5-0 scoreline. The was a new dawn for BarPure after the chaotic reign of Taylor, but playing the Champions in your first game isn't always helpful. Danny Hall, Kyle Sumner, Anth Ross, Jiff and Critter got on the scoreline for Southwick as they maintain their strong start

Redhill 5 Sassco.co.uk 1
A weakened Sassco side faced a weakened Redhill team. Yet Redhill easily came on top despite suffering an early setback courtesy of veteran striker, Dean Matthews. Redhill grabbed two before the half and an easy three after the half to no reply. Poor showing from Sassco, who's long ball seemed to work at the start, but poor passing screwing up the second as they didn't have Dixon, Mark M, Tyzack or Muers. Redhill are off to a flyer with a win a draw and a loss as they seem to show strength in depth.

AFC Redhouse 1 Hylton Castle 0
The big one of the night was tight and a single goal from Grant Foster settled it. Both teams had chances and Hylton's was a marked improvement over their recent games. However, Shaun Coburn from Hylton Castle made the mistake of borrowing my boots and proceeded to fire blanks for the second half. For AFC Carl Middlemiss had a very strong game with a superb double save in the second. AFC seem to be stamping their authority over their Title push and based on recent results, look to be joint favourites with Southwick FC.

All three above games were expertly refereed by Liam Doughty from Downhill FC and also a fully qualified referee. Our thanks go out to him.

28 08 07 1Redhouse Youth 6 BunkerUK.com 1
Complete chaos. Miscommunication between Gash and myself meant that I was forced to referee this encounter. Unfortunately, Stephen Lewis and Paul McClusky both elected to complain about everything from the shape of the ball to the fact I was refereeing it. Lewis even complained about Gash B refereeing - even though he's fully qualified and reffed in this League when Lewis was simply a twinkle in my eye. Just to let the Bunker lads know, I've been running this competition since 1999 and have stepped in when a referee isn't available. It's very rare, but in eight years and probably thousands of games, I've refereed a few dozen and will do so again. Nevertheless, for Bunker, the main sticking point was Raeper being dismissed for lashing out at Taylor. The game then collapsed into anarchy from Bunker's side, although Simpson, Bri Marley and Defty kept it calm. The Youth lads also made it easy for me though with little or no arguments or complaints. Kurt bagged three goals while Kev, Coyney and Yates scored the others.

It remains to be seen whether Bunker will be in the League as of next week. I will keep everyone posted.

David "Jimmy" Raeper is banned for Bunker's next game. Bunker also owe £4. Stephen Lewis is also cautioned and owes £5.


Redhill 3 Downhill FC 2
Complete chaos again. Firstly Pallion failed to show, which means they are deleted from the competition (unless they pay the heavy fine). Secondly, I had to be dragged off this comfortable game to referee the above one. Josh Lay stood in for the second half and the game went 3-2 in Redhill's favour. Thank's to Redhill for playing this one. They were offered it as a friendly, but both teams agreed to it being a League game.

League Standings

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1 Southwick FC
3
3
0
0
14
3
11
9
2 Redhouse Youth
3
2
0
1
20
3
17
6
3 AFC Redhouse
2
2
0
0
2
0
2
6
4 Redhill
4
1
2
1
15
12
3
5
5 Sporting Redhouse
1
1
0
0
4
1
3
3
6 Sassco.co.uk
2
1
0
1
5
7
-2
3
7 BunkerUK.com
2
0
1
1
4
9
-5
1
8 Downhill FC
3
0
1
2
5
21
-16
1
9 Town End FC
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10 Hylton Castle
2
0
0
2
1
5
-4
0
11 BarPure.co.uk
1
0
0
1
0
5
-5
0

21st August 2007

Sporting get Revenge. AFC start with a win.

Five man Sassco get back on track. Pallion's baptism of fire.

Sporting Redhouse 4 Hylton Castle 1. Gav Dorwood fires in a free-kick for Hylton against the two-man Sporting wall

Sassco.co.uk 4 Downhill FC 1
An uncomfortable start from Sassco. This time they only had five men, with Muers late from the Metro Centre. It was backs to the wall and after a few scares, they settled. It was ironic that once Muers had arrived (not on the pitch), Ed Morrison fired in the opener for Downhill. Sassco soon responded with Dixon, playing thirty minutes and not twenty five minutes like he did last time, firing in both goals to make it 2-1. The 4-1 win was wrapped up with goals from Mark Middlemiss and Mark Muers. Josh Lay was making his debut for Sassco in this game.

Sporting Redhouse 4 Hylton Castle 1
Hylton Castle were leaving huge gaps at the back and it wasn't surprising that Trevor Walker took advantage. Inexplicably Sporting, featuring a strong side, failed to add to it. Shaun Coburn secured the reply with one from distance which went through Sangha, in goal. Hylton Castle then literally gave away two goals. Both Denni Midd and Gav Dorward were dallying on the edge of the area only to see the ball stolen and in the back of their own net. 4-1 and a revenge for Sporting after their recent cup defeat. Simon Williamson scored two and Steve Anderson scored the other.

AFC Redhouse 1 Redhouse Youth 0
The battle of the Redhousers went in favour of the older bunch. Without Gash Brazier and Grant Foster, AFC controlled large parts of the game which resulted in a fine goal from Tommy Bell. The Youth's, bolstered with a large squad to choose from, threatened on occasions but lacked the killer touch which came so easy the week before. "The League is ours. All our opponents are useless." claimed AFC's Gash Brazier after the game.

* David Murton is banned from playing until he pays AFC Redhouse / The League his outstanding £4.

Southwick FC 4 Pallion FC 0
In at the deep end for Pallion FC. They performed well against the Champions for the first twenty minutes or so, but eventually fell apart. Two goals from Jiff and one each from Critter and Rossy gave the Champions another three points and a lead at the table again.

League Standings

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1 Southwick FC
2
2
0
0
9
3
6
6
2 Redhouse Youth
2
1
0
1
14
2
12
3
3 Sassco.co.uk
1
1
0
0
4
1
3
3
4 Sporting Redhouse
1
1
0
0
4
1
3
3
5 AFC Redhouse
1
1
0
0
1
0
1
3
6 BunkerUK.com
1
0
1
0
3
3
0
1
7 Redhill
2
0
1
1
6
8
-2
1
8 BarPure.co.uk
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
9 Town End FC
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10 Hylton Castle
1
0
0
1
1
4
-3
0
11 Pallion FC
1
0
0
1
0
4
-4
0
12 Downhill FC
2
0
0
2
2
18
-16
0

14th August 2007

Youth's off to a flying start.

Southwick leave it late. Young Lewis wins the Battle Of The Brothers Part I.

Gavin and Stephen Lewis square up before their 3-3 draw.

Redhouse Youth 9 Downhill FC 1
It wasn't the best of starts for Downhill to Season 11 as they were caught with their pants down. They had no shirts and only five men. Therefore, to play a revived Redhouse Youth team which featured Chris Taylor (ex-BarPure) and Anth Yates (ex-Sassco), wasn't the best of openers. And to top it off - it was pouring it down. Nine goals (approximately) against a single one in reply puts Youths on top for the moment on goal difference (even though it won't count at the end). The victory with what you would call a depleted team was a boost for the long campaign ahead.

* Downhill are fined £5 for incorrect kit.

Southwick FC 5 Redhill 3
Redhill are rapidly becoming a team to fear. Southwick raced into a lead, but were eventually pegged back in the pouring rain as conditions made it scary for both 'keepers, Lainey (for Redhill) and McClusky (now plying his trade with Southwick). The game was petering out for a 3-3 draw, but a mistake by Lainey, due to the conditions, let Southwick take the lead which was added to moments later by Danny Hall (who scored two goals).

* Southwick are fined £5 for incorrect kit.

BunkerUK.com 3 Redhill 3
Redhill agreed to two games back-to-back with the second being against their dear rivals, Bunker. It was more of a manager rivalry than anything else. It was being dubbed as the "Battle Of The Brothers" with young Gavin Lewis controlling Redhill and Stephen controlling Bunker. The game, still played in shocking conditions, was the best of the night. Lainey proved to be the match-winner as he kept Bunker at bay. Stephen Lewis and Paul McClusky had given the lead to Bunker, but Redhill hit back and eventually went 3-2 up. In the dying minutes, Lewis (that's Stephen) was left clear on the edge of the area and as the ball broke free, hammered it beyond Lainey. 3-3, but a moral victory for young Lewis as his side were expected to be on the end of a beating.

League Standings

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1 Redhouse Youth
1
1
0
0
14
1
13
3
2 Southwick FC
1
1
0
0
5
3
2
3
3 BunkerUK.com
1
0
1
0
3
3
0
1
4 Redhill
2
0
1
1
6
8
-2
1
5 AFC Redhouse
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6 BarPure.co.uk
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7 Hylton Castle
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8 Sassco.co.uk
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
9 Sporting Redhouse
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10 Downhill FC
1
0
0
1
1
14
-13
0

14th August 2007

Latest News.

Season 11 details.

The Season 10 details are now located in the Archive section. Simply click on to the Archive icon at the top.

Delighted to announce that both Redhouse Youth and BarPure are back in. Youth's were originally looking for a season break, but decided at the last minute to rejoin. Also, BarPure looked manager less with Taylor quitting, but it seems as if Jamie Wilson and Mark Ramshaw will be taking over.

Finally, all teams must be aware that names, address, date of birth and contact emails/telephones are needed for all players within the League. Most have filled in their details already, but I will contact each team to arrange for this. Also, Entrance Forms will need to be filled out. Again, I will provide if necessary, but these are available from the Download section.

8th August 2007

SuperleaguesmallAFC Redhouse triumphant.

Murton dismissed, but AFC hold out against

The low key Super League Cup Final between AFC Redhouse and Hylton Castle

AFC Redhouse 2 Hylton Castle 0 Final
Report by Gareth Brazier.

Hylton Castle started the game the better, with good passing and movement with the ball. AFC were more orthodox, relying on the ball over the top for Tommy Bell to run on to. Not many clear cut chances early on. Mini put one in the car park with a left foot swinger and Carl Middlemiss smothered a shot from Keith Moon. AFC Redhouse took the lead after a stray pass landed at Gash's feet, his first time ball sent David "Bunta" Murton clear and he produced a cool finish to dink it past the oncoming Pottsy. Both teams tended to cancel each other out for rest of the half.

The second half started with Redhouse doubling their lead. Excellent play from Bunta played in Tommy Bell who smashed the ball in under poor Pottsy. Straight after the goal a blatant handball was missed by the ref which infuriated Bunta. He told the ref what he thought of him and was dismissed. Strange decision given that minutes previously a Castle player had done exactly the same but received only a warning. The game, as expected, flared up as Gowey and Grant squared up to each other after a foul. AFC Redhouse then deployed Sassco tactics, as in the recent Thursday game and defended deep. Hylton Castle made the most of the man advantage, but clear cut chances remained at a premium, and the shots that found their way through didn't beat Middlemiss in goal, who was fired up with a sense of injustice (He always is). Hylton Castle then had a period of four quick free kicks in succession in and around the box, after Foster decided that no one shall pass. These all came to nothing. Bell could have made it comfortable after breaking free, but Pottsy tipped it over the bar. In the dying minutes, Coburn lashed a shot from distance which struck the inside of the post with the keeper well beaten. Redhouse resorted to lumping the ball anywhere and everywhere as they were truly exhausted. But in the end it was worth it.

Having made their debut into the Cups, AFC have some pedigree for the forthcoming League as a Winners of the Super League and Runners up in the Open Cup. The Redhouse line up for this final was Carl Middlemiss, David Murton, Tommy Bell, Grant Foster, Chris Middlemiss and Gash Brazier. Semi Final hero, Davy Taylor was missing due to work.

Hylton Castle can take heart from a Cup appearance. Their League hopes faded in Season 10, but this should boost their confidence for Season 11.

Thanks to Gash Brazier for the above report, but he needs to get himself back to school to sort his spelling, capitalisation, punctuation, etc.

The winning team, AFC Redhouse. Pictured standing from left to right are Gash Brazier, Chris Middlemiss, David Murton, Grant Foster. In front, with the trophy, are Chris Middlemiss and Tommy Bell.
The winning team, AFC Redhouse. Pictured standing from left to right are Gash Brazier, Chris Middlemiss, David Murton, Grant Foster. In front, with the trophy, are Chris Middlemiss and Tommy Bell.

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