Select set to dominate.

When Tarnjit Sangha took over an obscure TCB Accountancy team from Season 1 and 2 and opened with a defeat against Crown, little did anyone expect what would happen. The bulk of the team was discarded to be replaced by quality players. This completely revamped their fortunes which included a 5-1 win over Royal Mail in their third game. Royal did eventually finish 2nd, but a staggering 11 points behind the new Champions. Other teams in decline included Durham Pine and, more shockingly, Herrenknecht. A spectacular 4-3 win over Select in their final game kept them out of Division 2. Former giants Sporting Redhouse, now under the management of Darren Duggan and Slipway were relegated.

Coulson 100%.

Team Coulson stormed Division 2. They were unstoppable. Weak challenges from Sex & Chocolate and Toddy's were easily dismissed. Toddy's were later removed from the league so it was a straightforward run to confirm promotion.Trevor Walker weighed in with most of the goals, but a side constructed with quality players wasn't really going to struggle at all.The fulcrum of the team, Danny Coulson, also lent his name to the team, therefore creating a legendary persona for himself. Discipline was a let down though. Intimidating weak teams was easy, but they were nearly ejected from the league after two bad tempered encounters against Sex & Chocolate and BHD Windows.

Royal Mail's consolation.

The cup was retained by Royal Mail in a far easier manner than anyone expected. This was, no doubt, helped by the fact that the big guns eliminated each other. Firstly Slipway fell away against Sporting Redhouse in a controversial manner. The original game (which went to penalties) had to be replayed. The replay also went to penalties. Then it was Select eliminated on penalties by the now, new favourties, Sporting. However, a moribund Herrenknecht team defeated Sporting 2-1 in a rain soaked encounter to set up a tie against Royal in the semi finals. An early goal and an only goal didn't disguise the dominance for Royal. They won the final in a tight contest against debutants Tyne Port. An easy route to the final was hampered when Tyne faced Team Coulson. The different standards were clear as the top flight Tyne beat Coulson 2-0. Surprise semi finalists were BHD Windows, but they were beaten by two goals from Michael Boylen against a solitary reply from Chris Scott.

Lance just make it.

Lance were expected automatic promotion candidates. But it just didn't happen. Despite two wins over Sex & Chocolate, unsual defeats against University and CDS and a draw with ALS left them in the play-offs on goal difference. Redhouse WMC met them in the play off semi final and in a pulsating game, a last minute from Neil Bainbridge sent them to a final against University. It all looked good. Bainbridge and Mark Muers gave them an almost unassailable lead against University. But Neil Pilkington and George Hanson lashed in two second half goals to take the tie to penalties. The unfortunate Michael Smillie missed the decisive penalty and Lance were into the big time.


14th November 2000

Two unexpected wins for Durham.

Crown Electrics overcome Select Interiors. Slipway annihilate JJB Sports

Durham Pine 2 Royal Mail 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Richie Curry (Durham)

Without Jamie Fleming in control, this season was always going to be difficult for Royal Mail. However a strong squad faced a Durham team who were annihilated 5-1 in the same game last Season. Although Royal opened the scoring with Langan, they soon fell back as Durham were more hungry for the win. A 2-1 win for Durham was just rewards for an excellent performance.

Crown Electrics 3 Select Interiors 2
Official Man-of-the-Match: Sean Forrest (Crown)

A new look Select Interiors took to the field against a Crown Electrics (formerly PCB) with debuts for Gary Davison, Kevin Davison, Jason Amour, David Walker and Tarnjit Sangha. The 1st half was dominated by Crown Electrics with John Wardle and Gary Rolls having several shots at the Select Interiors goal. At this point Crown Electrics were on top and dominating and Select Interiors were finding it difficult to even get the ball out of their half. With half-time approaching it looked like Select Interiors were going to hang on at 0-0, but Crown Electrics struck two late goals after terrible defending from Select Interiors back three.
Tarnjit Sangha and Michael Booth entered the field at half-time replacing Kevin Davison who had a disappointing debut and Neil Pilkington. The second half started differently with Select Interiors having more of the play, David Ellis pulled back the deficit after good build up play by Tarnjit Sangha and Jason Amour. Just as Select Interiors thought they may claim a draw Crown Electrics took their lead back to 2 goals through John Wardle. Select Interiors didn't give up and continued to create chances and Jason Amour pulled a goal back, but it was too late as Crown Electrics ran out 3-2 winners.
By Michael Booth (Select Interiors)

Durham Pine 2 Sporting Redhouse 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: Paul Richardson (Durham)

A lacklustre performance from a new look Sporting team with only Cairns remaining from the original line-up meant an opening day defeat against Durham who had just finished playing 30 minutes earlier. Gettins came off the bench to score both goals as an impressive looking Durham team finished the day on top with maximum points.

Slipway 5 JJB Sports 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Richard Oliver (Slipway)

With Richard Oliver now on board the loss of some of Slipway's key players did not really concern them. JJB Sports with Alan Burn still firing the shots played some excellent football but were mainly let down by their shooting and also excellent goalkeeping from Turnbull. Oliver fired in an excellent hat-trick whereas the ever present Melvin Keith added the other two.

21st November 2000

Sporting Back on Track.

Royal Mail win in confident style. New Look Select Interiors look impressive

Tyne Port 5 Bassenthwaite Whites 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Phil McNerney (Tyne Port)

A great start to the new season for Tyne Port, who had a lot to prove after suffering a 6-0 drubbing at the hands of their opposition last season. From the kick off, possession was fairly evenly balanced, but Tyne Port created the better openings and went ahead through Tom Monaghan after some neat passing in the midfield. The lead was doubled shortly after, Monaghan running on to a through ball to slot home. Shortly before half time, Tyne Port went 3-0 up, with Chris Dixon curling in a corner kick. The second half saw early pressure from Bassenthwaite result in a goal to bring the score back to 3-1. At this point there were signs that the game could begin turn in Bassenthwaite's favour, but two quick strikes from Chris Dixon made the score line irreversible. After suffering a nightmare of a start to the last season, Tyne Port are now hoping to build on an excellent start.
By Chris Dixon (Tyne Port)

Select Interiors 5 Slipway 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Simon Williams (Select)

After last weeks disappointing performance against Crown Electrics, 5 new changes were made for the game against Slipway with only Gary Davison starting who had started the previous week. In came Tarnjit Sangha, Michael Booth and new signing John Cairns, Simon Williamson (both from Sporting Redhouse) and Mark Laughton. After just one minute Slipway were awarded a penalty when Mark Laughton appeared to step inside his own box. Up stepped Richard Oliver only for the ball to rebound off the crossbar and to safety. This spurred Select Interiors on and they created chance after chance and by half-time had a 3-0 lead with 1st goals of the season for John Cairns, Mark Laughton and Michael Booth. The second half continued where the first half had left off with the Slipway goalkeeper pulling off several fine saves to deny the front three of Select Interiors. The lead was increased with goals from Michael Booth and John Cairns. With the score at 5-0 Jason Amour entered the field replacing Tarnjit Sangha. With minutes remaining Slipway scored a consolation goal beating Davison at the near post. Overall a satisfactory result for Select Interiors who hope to build on this in their next match against last season's double winners Royal Mail.
By Michael Booth (Select Interiors)
Royal Mail Sunderland 5 JJB Sports 2
Official Man-of-the-Match: Alan Burn (JJB)

Debut boy, Shakespeare easily filled the boots of the departed Langan with two goals and a superb all round performance. Goals by the ever reliable Pringle and League Player of the Season (Season 2) Steve Lawson sealed a comfortable win for Royal Mail
By Jamie Fleming (Royal Mail)

Sporting Redhouse 4 Herrenknecht 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: Anthony Langan (Sporting)

A disaster for Herrenknecht who failed to muster a single shot on goal, but an excellent performance by Sporting who out thought and outplayed their deadly rivals during the whole game. Langan, newly signed from Royal Mail scored two goals and former Royal and Slipway player bagged the other two. This was unquestionably one of the worst performances ever seen by a team who were individually highly rated. Basic lack of planning and completely losing heart after only conceding one goal had the hallmarks a very unprofessional team. Ironically, no single person was to blame as all the players (apart from Garrett in goal) played abysmally. As one of the teams tipped to win the League, it seems that Herrenknecht could be well out of the reckoning after one game. Not due to the result but the performance. It may take a long time for Herrenknecht to recover from this.
By Davinder Sangha (Herrenknecht)

5th December 2000 Cup Games and League Games

Durham Pine through.

JJB Sports unlucky against Tyne Port as they gained their first point.

Durham Pine 2 Redhouse WMC 1 (CUP)
Official Man-of-the-Match: Paul Richardson (Durham Pine)

Durham made sure that they were well in control of their League and Cup form with a fine 2-1 win over Redhouse WMC. The 2-1 scoreline did not reflect Durham's dominance. Paul Richardson, in particular, had an excellent game which resulted in his second Man-of-the-Match award. Durham, this Season look likely to be a major contender for the League and the Cup. Durham have always had a solid team but essentially lacked flair in attack where the main problems seem to be. But this Season, Paul Richardson has solved the flair and helped contribute to the goalscoring along with Brian Gettins who has developed after two Seasons into an impressive forward

Kail Engineering 3 University of Sunderland 1 (CUP)
Official Man-of-the-Match: Andy Patrick (University)

Kail celebrated their first win of the Season in this Cup encounter. University were disappointing as they suffered yet another defeat. Lack of planning seems to be an inherent problems with the œlaid back University team. What they really require is strong leadership and players who are there for the cause rather than just another Tuesday kickabout.
Tyne Port 1 JJB Sports 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: David McLaren (Tyne Port)

Cant really think of a good thing to say about the performance. It was a close game that could have ended up 5-5, but the team performance was a total contrast to last week. Disappointed after such a good start to the season. The whole game was one big frustration, we couldn't get our act together at all. JJB scored first and we had enough chances to equalise but didn't draw level until near half time. The tone of the game was summed up when I was through on goal twice and knocked the ball too far in front of me straight to the keeper. Then the ref blew for time when Phil was running through with just the keeper to beat and probably would have won us the game. David McLaren got booked at the final whistle for telling the ref what he thought, so basically a bad day all round. Ed made some good saves in goal, but that was about it.
By Chris Dixon (Tyne Port)

A fine performance from a JJB side, which has not got of to a great start. JJB dominated the game for spells but never really looked like getting anything other from the game than a draw, after Alan Burn put them ahead with a cool finish. However Tyne Port well known for their collective brilliance were resilient as ever and were never out of the game. With only a one goal lead (goalscorer) intercepted a sloppy ball and took it on to notch the equaliser. Both sides can consider themselves lucky to get any points despite both sides claiming they deserved to win. JJB's dominance saw them hit the post twice, once from new signing Haldane, whilst Tyne Port were denied a clear goalscoring opportunity by the referees final whistle.
By Chris Haldane (JJB Sports)

9th January 2001 (Division 1)

Royal Mail shattered. 2 defeats in 3 games for the Champs.

JJB Sports dent Durham Pine's 100% record. Herrenknecht finish off Crown Electrics within 10 minutes.

Herrenknecht 4 Crown Electrics 2
Official Man-of-the-Match: Stephen Wilson (Herrenknecht)

The biggest problem for Herrenknecht this Season was the acquisition of Stephen Wilson to play alongside John Hunt. Both were fierce individuals who preferred possession play rather than the passing game. But as seen from the likes of Durham Pine, Sporting and Select Interiors - the physical game seems to be on the wane and a more patient pass and move system seems to work. A rethink by the whole team and mainly by Hunt and Wilson worked splendidly as Herrenknecht switched halves with leading 4-0. Goals from Stephen Wilson, Gavin Wilson and two (one slightly deflected) from Hunt finished off the Season 2 Cup Finalists within 10 minutes of the start. Tremendous work and excellent movement and passing by the team made sure that Crown Electrics had no real chance. For the first time since they beat Sporting 4-2 last season, Herrenknecht put in a performance after which they could hold their heads up high. The were a few negative points when Herrenknecht gifted Crown 2 goals mainly due to tiredness. Also the possession play seemed to take hold late in the second half, again due to tiredness and a lack of movement. All in all, an excellent performance from a well organised, positive team.
By Davinder Sangha (Herrenknecht)

Slipway 2 Tyne Port 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: Phil McNerney (Tyne Port)

A tight match which could have gone either way, but a disappointing performance from our point of view as we never really got to grips with the game. Early Tyne Port pressure saw Dixon miss a good chance and hit the bar as Slipway were on the defensive, but the breakthrough came at the other end of the pitch when Ed Cook deflected a shot into his own net. Tyne Port pressed looking for the equaliser but failed to make the breakthrough. The second half was much the same, and saw Slipway double their advantage with a counter attack. Man-of-the match Phil McNerney also had an off day in front of goal, dragging his shot agonisingly wide with only the keeper to beat. All in all, a frustrating evening as possession was not converted into goals. Tyne Port will need to rediscover their cutting edge quickly to turn their recent slump around.
By Chris Dixon (Tyne Port)

Durham Pine 2 JJB Sports 2
Official Man-of-the-Match: Alan Burn (JJB Sports)

Durham Pine reverted to their old pattern in a 2-2 draw against a JJB Sports team which did exceptionally well in their final game before the winter break. Durham took no heed of this as their main asset, Brian Gettins was on the bench. Alan Burn, inevitably, put in another masterful performance which earned him a man-of-the-match award to take the game to Durham. With a 2-1 lead and time rapidly running out - Durham looked extremely nervous but finally gained a point with a late equaliser. Not exactly a bad result for Durham as it seems that every team has now either drawn or lost - everyone is now on a even footing but it seems likely that Durham, Slipway, Sporting and Select will be the clear front runners now.
Select Interiors 5 Royal Mail 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: John Cairns (Select Interiors)

Select Interiors against last seasons Double winners Royal Mail was without doubt the most intriguing clash of the night. Royal Mail set the standards for all teams to reach with there stunning Double triumph last season, while many have been giving plaudits to the way Select Player/Manager Tarnjit Sangha has set his team up as an all out attacking unit. Right from the whistle Select Interiors went straight at their illustrious rivals, with Select's Simon Williams firing off at least five shots within the the first five minutes. Royal did not know what hit them. The relentlessness with which Select attacked, especially down the wings with Mark Lawton on the left and Simon Williams on the right was quite awesome. John Thirwell, at the heart of the Royal defence was constantly on the back foot, as John Cairns and Trevor Walker took it in turns to attack through the middle. Amazingly it was still 0-0 at the break, as Select had totally dominated the game and spurned many chances. Again Select went at their opponents right from the whistle, and they finally got their rewards as Cairns latched on too a long throw from Williams. From there on in it was all Select Interiors. They dominated Royal Mail right throughout the team, beating Royal to every ball and challenge. Sangha marshalled the whole Select side from his position at the centre of defence. It was a joy to behold. At the final whistle Cairns had hit an hat trick, while his strike partner Walker settled for two. One thing is for sure, Select Interiors have definitely thrown their hat into the title race.

16th January 2001 (Division 1)

Sporting triumph in the Cup Clash v Slipway.

Crown " Slipway, Sporting " Tyne cancel each other out. Both Durham and Select win to stay top.

SFL Cup Round 1
Sporting 1 Slipway 1
Sporting won 3-2 on penalties
Official Man-of-the-Match: David Duffy (Sporting)

The replayed game after the original was considered null and void after a penalty mix up followed the same pattern. Sporting went ahead but Slipway managed to keep in control with several chances and one which hit the cross bar. Just as time was running out, Melvin Keith scored an excellent equaliser which sent the game to penalties. Sporting eventually triumphed 3-2 in sudden death penalties. It could have been so different had Joe Dove not taken (and scored) a penalty before the referee had blown his whistle. Obviously when he took it again he missed¦
This was, in the opinion of the League Secretary, a perfect advertisement for this League. Since it's inception, I have always wanted a League where two teams would play each other with, pride, passion and aggression. Both teams were fully kitted and dedicated. Both these teams wanted it badly. The skill level on show was incredible and the fierceness in which both teams tackled each other was a true show of how much it meant to them. And to consider that this is œonly a Six-a-Side competition. Without a doubt it is the best Six-a-Side anywhere¦.we aim to keep it that way

Crown Electrics 1 Slipway 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Paul Mooney (Slipway)

Crown Electrics were smarting after a 4-2 defeat by Herrenknecht the previous week - so they were determined to improve against an on form Slipway team. They did by opening the scoring, but in an excellent end to end game both teams could have won it so a draw was an acceptable result.

Tyne Port 3 Sporting Redhouse 3
Official Man-of-the-Match: David Duffy (Sporting)

The most important thing for Tyne Port going into this game was not the result, but to try and improve the level of performance. The last couple of games have seen the team lacking in cohesion, so a new approach was adopted, with Dixon dropping into midfield and McNerney operating as a lone striker. The new tactics appeared to work well as, despite going 2-0 down, Tyne Port developed much more of a grip on the game that they have done in recent weeks. Another impressive performance by McNerney was rewarded with two goals - the first an unstoppable strike from 20 yards - to bring the game back to 2-2 with 10 minutes remaining. Monaghan nearly made it 3-2 on a quick break, but was unlucky to see his effort denied. Sporting hit back to restore their advantage, before Dixon converted the equaliser. Cook had to be at his best at the other end with a fine save to keep his side in the game, while Tyne Port almost snatched it with late efforts from McLaren, Ross and Dixon all well saved. While there is still room for improvement, Tyne Port have gained some much needed confidence, suggesting the recent run of poor performances could be over.
By Chris Dixon (Tyne Port)

Durham Pine 4 Bassenthwaite 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Paul Richardson (Tyne Port)

Yet again, Bassenthwaite struggled against a determined Durham Pine team. Bassenthwaite appear to be on-course for Relegation but actually opened the scoring only to fail to maintain it.

Select Interiors 5 JJB Sports 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: Mark Lawton (Select)

Select Interiors took the field against JJB Sports knowing nothing less than a victory was required. They had just seen the leaders Durham Pine extend their lead at the top of the table, with a resounding 4-1 win over Bassenthwaite. Player / Manager Tarnjit Sangha, brought three new faces into the team. In defence came Graham Smith, to replace Sangha, while Paul Lawton was brought in to partner John Cairns in attack, to replace the vacating Trevor Walker. Joe Middleton a non stop midfielder was left on the substitutes bench. For the first 10 minutes, Select looked a shadow of the side that had so comprehensively beaten Royal Mail last week. But this was compensated by the fact that Sangha had introduced a couple of new faces to the fold. Even though Select did not seem at their best, they managed to restrict JJB to very little in terms of goal scoring opportunities. As the first half wore on, you could visibly see the Select team growing in confidence, as all the players began to get a feel for the game and each others style of play. It was only a matter of time before they would score, and the goal dually came via the right foot of twice Golden Boot winner John Cairns. 1-0 at the break. The second half turned into a one sided affair. After five minutes Sangha replaced Paul Lawton with Joe Middleton. The change saw Select step up a gear and JJB had no answer for the wave after wave of attacks that rained down on them. The final score of 5-0 could well have been far higher had the JJB goal keeper not managed to pull of some stunning saves, especially from John Cairns and Simon Williams. A special mention has to go to the Man of the Match, Mark Lawton. Lawton is rapidly becoming one of the most influential players on the Select team. His composure on the ball is fantastic to see. The key reason for Select's rise to prominence this season is without doubt the wing play of both Mark Lawton down the left and Simon Williams down the right. With John Cairns to finish off the moves, it explains how Select have scored 15 goals in their last three games. Next up Sporting Redhouse in the SFL Cup.
By Tarnjit Sangha (Select)

23rd January 2001 (SFL Cup Round 2)

Big names out as shocks dominate Round 2.

Crown, Durham, Slipway, Select and Sex & Chocolate eliminated.

Tyne Port 5 CDS Security 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Phil McNerney (Tyne Port)

Tyne Port went into this game full of confidence after a much improved performance against Sporting Redhouse in their previous game. The confidence clearly showed, as Tyne Port dominated the first half to lead by four goals at the interval. Man of the match McNerney continued his impressive run of form with three goals inside the first 10 minutes, while Dixon also converted to put the game seemingly out of reach. The second half saw Monaghan add an early goal to make it 5-0, just when CDS seemed to be coming back into the game. Further pressure on the CDS goal went un-rewarded, as good defending and some outstanding goalkeeping kept the Tyne Port offence at bay. CDS gained a consolation goal with five minutes remaining, but the game was already long out of reach. An excellent all-round performance reflected by the result
By Chris Dixon (Tyne Port)

BHD Windows 2 Toddy's 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: John Maughan (Toddy's)

With BHD decimated with injuries, nobody expected them to pull off such an emphatic win. Tommy Wilkinson had to be put into defence in a makeshift side. The first half was a dull affair with both teams cancelling each other out. The second, however was a completely different affair. BHD piled the pressure on the opposition goal only for the goalkeeper to pull off several exceptional saves until new signing John Maughan cracked the ball into the bottom corner of the net to make it 1-0 to BHD. Toddy's tried to fight back but BHD kept on winning the ball in defence and catching Toddy's on the break. It wasn't long before BHD went 2-0 up with another well-taken goal from John Maughan. It could have turned into a rout against Toddy's if it wasn't for a brilliant display from their goalkeeper, who time and time again saved the ball in several one-on-one situations. All in all another amazing result for BHD Manager, John Nicholson, who appears to be doubling up as a œreluctant 'keeper in both BHD's wins.
By John Nicholson (BHD Windows)

LEAGUE GAME
Slipway 3 Herrenknecht 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: Paul Anthony Mooney (Slipway)

Despite an excellent result allied with an exceptional performance against Crown Electrics in their previous game, Herrenknecht simply did not learn. Losing Chris Garrett in goal was rectified by Sangha being an adequate replacement and also Mitchell as sole stopper in defence. The remainder of the team was the same. John Hunt, as ever, marshalled the team, Baines and Wilson alongside him.
The first few minutes were promising. Competent saves made by Stephen Keith for Slipway thwarted the Herrenknecht attack as chances came on regular occasions. A mistake, though, bought it all back to square one for Herrenknecht. Mitchell lost Melvin Keith who stole in for the opening goal. A further two goals followed from Oliver and Dove. Ironically in his team talk, Manager Sangha identified these three as key players to watch out for. But the team took no heed, lack of involvement in defending was probably the reason for the defeat. Slipway weren't much better than Herrenknecht on the night but then when has that ever made a difference to results.
It was generally decided by Sangha at half time that this team simply could not go on. The capitulation against Sporting in the opening game alongside this result against Slipway meant there were and had to be major changes for Herrenknecht. The first main change was John Hunt jumping a relegation bound team to join the relatively calm atmosphere of Tarnjit Sangha's Select Interiors, as it seems these days that Tarnjit Sangha's teams are havens for ex-Herrenknecht personnel " Anthony Richardson, Trevor Walker, Graham Smith, Gary Davison and now John Hunt (although most of the players were playing for Herrenknecht on a temporary basis). This was a disappointment for Sangha as he re-arranged his team times for Hunt and also awarded him the Captaincy on merit rather than for show. Baines, another Season 1 and 2 original was simply not interested. The impending signing (but not 100% confirmed) of Anth Langan was probably the major cause of Hunt leaving (despite his assertions that it wasn't), but Langan could bring some fresh ideas to a stagnant, relegation bound team. Huitson has already been called up from Bassenthwaite to œfill in for one game, the cup encounter next week v ALS as Langan is cup tied, and Sangha is scouring the teams in the League and beyond for a new player. It seems that Michael Booth will make a solitary return to the team to partner Sangha in defence just to attempt to get past ALS. Gavin Wilson, Huitson and Stephen Wilson will be attacking.
No rush though, this time the player has to fit in to a new more skilful Herrenknecht side with more emphasis on passing the ball rather than beating every player twice on the pitch when the chips are down. To look on the positive side: Stephen Wilson is apparently content to stay now (for the moment anyway) after being disillusioned with 6-a-side in general. Gavin Wilson will probably remain in Davinder Sangha's team for the rest of his footballing days. Chris Garrett also wants to stay in the team. The future doesn't look to bad as the Herrenknecht team have lost major players in the past and always survived " and now Sangha isn't really tied down by loyalties (apart from Gavin Wilson) and will aim to bring in a player who will perform for the team instead of as an individual.
By Davinder Sangha (Herrenknecht)

Sporting Redhouse 2 Select Interiors 2
Sporting won 3-2 on penalties
Official Man-of-the-Match: John Cairns (Select)

This was a game that many were looking forward to seeing, between two sides that are regarded as the best, in terms of footballing ability. Select Player / Manager Tarnjit Sangha yet again changed his team line up, dropping himself to the bench and starting with Joe Middleton to partner Graham Smith in defence. The front three remained the same, Mark Lawton leftwing, Simon Williams rightwing, with John Cairns in attack. For the second week running, Sporting were missing influential defender Paul Mouat, like last week they brought in Michael Duggan who is rapidly proving to be a more than adequate replacement. The game was an end to end affair with both sides creating chances. Select took the lead through Cairns, but Sporting replied through Neil Richardson. The second half, Select took the game to their opponents, but without Sangha to marshall the defence, were looking decidedly nervous at the back. Again Select took the lead, this time through Simon Williams but again a disastrous defensive mix up allowed Sporting to equalise, this time Sporting Player/Manager Anthony Richardson capitalising. The final whistle went leaving the score 2-2, and it was now the lottery of the penalty shootout. Sporting emerged victorious, winning 3-2, with of all people Cairns missing the target for Select. However, Select should not be too worried at the result. No doubt when the league campaign commences in a fortnights time against Bassenthwaite, Sangha will have his team back in tune to the way they have been playing in the league. And with the major new signing of John Hunt from Herrenknecht, maybe Sangha has finally found the replacement he requires to fill the boots of the vacated Trevor Walker. We shall see.
By Tarnjit Sangha (Select)

Royal Mail 1 Crown Electrics 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: David Pringle (Royal Mail)

This second round repeat of last seasons final proved to be just as tight an affair. A great many critics had their knives sharpened at the 'so called' demise of Royal Mail. But as I have said before, of all the Managers in the SFL, the one man you should never right off is Jamie Fleming. Royal Mail apart from a few scares, never looked like they would lose this game. After their mauling at the hands of Select last time out, what was required tonight was a performance of steel and character and that is exactly what we got. The shape of the team was back, everyone knew exactly where they were playing and the movement, a trait that Royal are renowned for was back. It was left to last seasons Player of the Year Steven Lawson to fire in the only goal of the game, and take Royal into the Quarter-finals. Next up, it's old rivals Sporting Redhouse in the league.

Kail Engineering 2 JJB Sports 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Alan Burn (JJB Sports)

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BHD Windows 2 Toddy's 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: Tommy Wilkinson (BHD Windows)

Yet another hugely disappointing night for Toddy's, who in truth were totally out played by BHD Windows, who themselves are showing great strides in improvement. Toddy's Player/Manager William Harper was unavailable, so Assistant and Goalkeeper Dave Arnott took over, he must have been appalled at his team lack of invention and ideas. It is clear, the transition from 11-a-side to 6-a-side is proving to be a lot more difficult than many of the Toddy's players imagined. William Harper must rapidly halt his teams decline and achieve something out of his next game. It will not be easy, his opponents are Team Coulson. Final score tonight was BHD Windows 2 Toddy's 0.

Team Coulson 3 Sex & Chocolate 2
Official Man-of-the-Match: Dave Gourlay (Sex & Chocolate)

What many expected to be the tie of the round, certainly lived up to all expectations in every sense of the word. A thrilling end to end cup tie between two sides vying for the claim 'best in the Division'. Team Coulson took the lead, but Sex & Chocolate soon equalised through Man of the Match Dave Gourlay. The second half than really took off. Gourlay put Sex & Chocolate in the lead with a superb left foot volley that totally deceived the Team Coulson Player / Manager Danny Coulson in goal. But yet again Danny Coulson's team equalised. It was at this point that the game erupted into chaos. A few unsavoury challenges form the S & C players, caused Team Coulson to react in ways that are unacceptable in football. Both Mark Kelsey and Sean Hodgson of Team Coulson should have been sent of for violent conduct, but amazingly stayed on the pitch. It was clear, that Team Coulson's strong arm tactics put S & C right off their game, and Mark Kelsey fired in a fabulous strike to finish the game 3-2 to Team Coulson. Putting aside all the controversial incidents, this was a full blooded and intense cup tie, with both teams showing why they are dominating this Division. In the race for the Division 2 Title, it's first blood to Team Coulson.

30th January 2001

Royal Mail in crisis.

Criticism of refereeing decisions papers over an indecisive team.

Sporting Redhouse 2 Royal Mail Sunderland 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: Anth Langan (Sporting Redhouse)

A much anticipated clash between the giants Sporting Redhouse and Royal Mail was watched more for the possibility of it flaring up rather than for the football. Anth Langan was the focal point as he fired in a goal to help his new team put one over Jamie Fleming, his former Manager. Although its too early to say, Royal Mail are obviously struggling this Season having only won one game out of 4. The defeat sends the plummeting down the table, as they seem to have remained stagnant from the brilliant unit which won Season 2. The loss of Langan is without a doubt the reason. 24 goals last Season helped them to the Title. This season, though, it's getting harder and harder.
By Davinder Sangha (Herrenknecht)

CUP GAME (Round 2)
Herrenknecht 7 ALS 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: Gavin Wilson (Herrenknecht)

A Herrenknecht team in disarray took to the field against ALS. Without Hunt (jumped) and Baines (pushed), the team were entering a new era essentially after the aforementioned players were part of the squad since the team was created. Booth was temporarily transferred from University being one of the only available players that wasn't cup tied. Paul Huitson made his final appearance for any team this season as he was emergency transferred from Bassenthwaite before moving away.
The game kicked off and immediately Herrenknecht played like a liberated team. The passing and movement was exceptional and Gavin Wilson - who was man-of-the-match - played his best game for Herrenknecht to date. Huitson was a revelation as he passed and moved into dangerous positions dragging the ALS players with him. 4 goals from Gavin Wilson, 2 from Huitson and 1 from Stephen Wilson (before he went off injured after 10 minutes) gave Herrenknecht a perfect scoreline and performance.
Sangha and Mitchell were rarely troubled in defence and Chris Garrett made two (and only two) good saves in the game. Booth came on for Steve Wilson and it must be said cannot believe that he didn't score. Herrenknecht pushed in the second half and continually attacked but still retained their pass and move philosophy. Booth, Gavin and Huitson had several chances which the 'keeper either saved, hit the goal posts or went slightly wide.
The irony is that without Baines and Hunt, who were watching on the sidelines along with a surprisingly large crown, Herrenknecht performed exceptionally well and put on a show...something they haven't done for a very long time. Granted, ALS had played at 7:30 in a 2-2 draw and were Second Division opposition, but then Herrenknecht could only beat them and they did that well...
By Davinder Sangha (Herrenknecht)
Durham Pine 5 JJB Sports 2
Official Man-of-the-Match: Paul Richardson (Durham Pine)

Durham's revenge game against JJB Sports went according to plan. A solid performance, again, from Paul Richardson helped them to an excellent and much needed 5-2 win over the team which seem likely to be Relegated this Season. Durham now head the table with 3 points over their nearest rivals.

6th February 2001

Royal plunge deeper into obscurity.

A vicious defeat off arch-rivals, Crown leaves them in the bottom three.

Sporting Redhouse 2 Slipway 2
Official Man-of-the-Match: Melvin Keith (Slipway)

The third encounter of the season between these two old rivals proved to be just as thrilling an affair as the previous two games. Slipway went into the game with a severely under strength team. Missing were Joe Dove, Paul Mooney, Paul Anthony Mooney, and Richard Oliver. Sporting on the other hand were at full strength, with the return of Paul Mourt. Both sides had just seen Durham Pine defeated for the first time this season, and knew this was the ideal opportunity to gain victory and join them at the top of the table. Looking at the respective line-ups, I'm pretty sure that Stephen Clarke of the Slipway would have been the more happier to settle for a draw. Right from the kick off, Sporting went at their opponents determined to finish them off quickly. But as many teams have found out to their cost, Slipway are one of the most organised units around when it comes to defending, and they constantly repelled the Sporting attacks and themselves looked dangerous on the break. However, Sporting pressure finally paid off as David Duff put Sporting in the lead. Sporting then settled down and stared playing the type of football they have become renowned for, and at this point could have sealed the game. But Slipway have a knack of raising their game when playing Sporting, and through Man-of-the-Match Melvin Keith equalised. It was then Slipways turn to pile on the pressure, but you always got the feeling that they were prepared to settle for the point, unlike Sporting who were desperate for the victory. Anthony Langan put Sporting ahead once again, and everyone thought that would be it, but some defensive indiscipline once again allowed Melvin Keith of the Slipway to level the contest. If it had have been for better finishing from Slipway, they could very well have took all three points, as Sporting seemed to fall apart once the scores had reached 2-2. At the final whistle you could see the delight on Stephen Clarke's face, while Paul Stoker and his team knew they had missed a crucial chance of stamping their authority on the title race.
By Tarnjit Sangha (Select)

Tyne Port 1 Durham Pine 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: Chris Scott (Tyne Port)

A superb result for Tyne Port who look to be getting some much needed form back after a worrying run. The match itself wasn't the best advertisement for football - windy conditions and the commitment of both sides made for a scrappy game - but the hard earned points will go a long way to boosting Tyne Port's indifferent start to the season.
The first half saw McNerney score with one of his trademark goals - an unstoppable half volley - to take a one goal advantage into the second half. Tight defensive marking throughout the rest of the game frustrated both sides, as few chances were created. Cook in goal did well to push a Durham Pine shot onto the post, while Dixon should have made it 2-0 with a one-on-one, but dragged the shot wide. Not the best game of football - both sides can definitely play better - but Tyne Port felt they shaded the game and deserved to take the points at the final whistle.
By Chris Dixon (Tyne Port)

Herrenknecht 6 JJB Sports 2
Official Man-of-the-Match: Gordon Robson (Herrenknecht)

A hastily put together team faced JJB Sports in a crucial game for Herrenknecht. Gavin Wilson had abandoned the team to move to Team Coulson leaving only Davinder Sangha and Chris Garrett from the original Herrenknecht team which essentially underachieved during the last two seasons. Finishing 2nd and 4th is not good enough for a team which has a talented nucleus of players. The new team comprised of Garrett in goal, Sangha and Graham Smith (Select) in defence along with Lee Francis (ex-Groundwork/Bassenthwaite) and two Division 2 players; Tommy Wilkinson (BHD) and Gordon Robson (Toddy's).
Despite a 0-0 first half Herrenknecht sprung into action immediately after JJBs had fired themselves into a 1-0 lead. Gordon Robson, who was performing brilliantly fired in the equaliser. A further two goals from Robson put Herrenknecht into comfortable 3-1 lead. A mistake by Sangha put JJB's back in with a slight chance but Robson killed them off with a further two goals complemented by a final one from Tommy Wilkinson.
This was an exceptional performance from a team which had never played together. Since losing the regulars, Herrenknecht have performed unbelievably well, passing the ball, superb movement, and this from a team who barely knew each others' names!
The future seems to look good for Herrenknecht. Gordon Robson wants to sign immediately, Lee Francis seemed to be fitting in to his role within minutes of starting the game. Stephen Wilson is most likely back from injury and the possible return of Anthony Richardson in a complete u-turn is a startling thought. Also the availability of the likes of Barrie Massey, Steve Sinnott (both through Francis) makes up the new look Herrenknecht team. And without a doubt, if Herrenknecht eliminate Sporting in the Quarter Finals in two weeks' time then it seems that Langan would probably be interested in signing again....strange things in the wonderful world of Herrenknecht.
By Davinder Sangha (Herrenknecht)

Crown Electrics 4 Royal Mail 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: John Wardle (Crown Electrics)

The most remarkable thing about the SFL is the way in which teams appear to rapidly improve as a new Season commences. In Season 2 it was the likes of Groundwork and TCB who improved. Season 3 it has already seen BHD reach the Quarter Finals of the Cup, Sex & Chocolate (along with Team Coulson) appearing to be too good for Division 2. Fergusons winning every other game and in Division 1, Tyne Port have improved considerably to be considered one of the favourites.
But then there's Royal Mail. A complete paradox this season. Losing Langan (as mentioned before) is a key element but then to lose 4-0 to Crown Electrics only a few weeks after eliminating them 1-0, albeit dominating them 1-0 in the Second Round of the Cup. The defeat, along with Herrenknecht's win pushes Royal into the Relegation Zone. Relegation is a distinct possibility now with Crown showing that they aren't, like most people have said, a guaranteed Relegation team. Herrenknecht, after casting off the old guard, are another team which don't look as if they are Relegation fodder. Bassenthwaite and JJB's are almost certain to go down. But who will join them? Last Season names such as Herrenknecht, Slipway and Durham were gleefully being mentioned at Relegation but this Season it seems unlikely...Whatever happens, we are likely to see a big name team playing Second Division soccer next Season.
By Davinder Sangha (Herrenknecht)

13th February 2001

Durham stay ahead.

Tyne Port inflict a heavy defeat on the Champions.

Tyne Port 6 Royal Mail Sunderland 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: Chris Dixon (Tyne Port)

Tyne Port's impressive run of form continued with an excellent result against last season's double winners. Though the scoreline may suggest otherwise, the match was fairly evenly balanced in terms of possession. Tyne Port took the lead through Dave McLaren after a surging run from the back, before Dixon added two more before the interval. Shortly after half time, Monaghan added the fourth, fed by an excellent through ball from Ross. Substitute McNerney hit the fifth while Dixon completed his hat-trick to make the final score 6-0. Ed Cook produced a number of excellent saves as Royal Mail played some excellent football in the second half, but the damage had already been inflicted. Next week Tyne Port face the ultimate test in the shape of Tarnjit Sangha's Select, when we will see just how far the team has come after the recent resurgence.
By Chris Dixon (Tyne Port)

Rubbish!
By Jamie Fleming (Royal Mail)


Durham 4 Herrenknecht 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Paul Richardson (Durham)

Despite the 4-1 scoreline, Herrenknecht could take something from this evenly matched game. True Durham finished their chances, whereas Herrenknecht had their chances but were either thwarted by an excellent performance by Alfie Turner, or just shaved the post and cross bar. A new front line (again) probably hampered Herrenknecht, Steve Sinnott, an excellent acquisition from the now moribund but spectacular Groundwork team from Season 2 came in for his first game for several months. A good chance was missed by him which could have turned the game, but as a tried, tested and proven scorer in the SFL he is bound to produce the goods. Gordon Robson had another good, but more difficult game. Team selection was a bit of a disaster for Sangha as he played three cautious players in himself, the brilliant Graham Smith and Lee Francis, who put in some excellent tackles during the game. Paul Richardson, despite getting the Man-of-the-Match award failed to get on the score sheet for Durham - but they proved they weren't a one man army as Paul Thompson scored two excellent drives and Gettins added one which was suspiciously inside the faded goalkeepers area. The scoreline probably reflects why Durham are top. They took their chances whilst Herrenknecht rued their missed opportunities. Losing 1-0 at half time, the tiring Sinnott went off for Wilson who was just back from injury. Desperation after going a further two goals down to 3-0 led to some unnecessary long balls - which everyone was guilty of in the Herrenknecht team, but the Herrenknecht team didn't lose confidence or work rate which the old team would have done and which resulted in a fine goal for Stephen Wilson, albeit a consolation, to end the game at 4-1. The rapidly icing pitch didn't help but luckily there were no injuries, only more players losing their balances. A fine win for Durham who were actually lacking in confidence after back to back loses and a disappointment but not to much for Herrenknecht who now have major back-to-back games against Sporting Redhouse starting next week.
By Davinder Sangha (Herrenknecht)
Sporting Redhouse 3 JJB Sports 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Paul Burn (JJB Sports)

With Player / Manager Paul Stoker missing, it was left up to Anthony Richardson to play the part of Goalkeeper in this encounter. Sporting were expected to overcome the opposition of JJB Sports with ease but as the night unfolded, it was anything but that. Sporting spurned chance after chance during the first half, with the JJB Sports Goalkeeper matching anything that was thrown at him. At the other end, stand in keeper, Richardson was coming to the rescue when need arose. At the interval, both team were at level at 0-0. During the second half, the pattern remained the same. Sporting were throwing everything at JJB, who themselves were looking ever more dangerous on the counter-attack. Sporting knew this was a game they must win if they were to maintain their challenge for the Title. The goal finally came due to some excellent wing play by David Duff as he set up Anthony Langan for an easy tap in. You could visibly see the Sporting team breathe a sigh of relief. The favourites were expected to go on from this and maybe add to the one goal, but amazingly the much feared complacency set in and JJB's managed to equalise. The game looked like it was going to end honours even, when with less than five minutes left, Sporting snatched what at the time looked as if it was going to be the winning goal. JJB Sports were visibly distraught, and it showed in their play, with just a minute left Sporting found another goal and made the game safe at 3-1. It was not a very convincing performance by Sporting, but at the moment, all that matters is that they win games and keep the pressure on league leaders Durham Pine. That much they are doing.
By Tarnjit Sangha (Select)

20th February 2001

Tyne Port hold Select. Herrenknecht revenge against Sporting

Bassenthwaite upset the odds. Crown annihilation

Tyne Port 2 Select 2
Official Man-of-the-Match: John Cairns (Select)

The two form teams came head to head in a thrilling end to end clash, with both sides buzzing after impressive wins last week. The teams playing styles contrasted to make for a very open game, Tyne Ports quick counter-attacking against Selects all out offensive. The first half saw Select immediately on the offensive, but Cook stood firm to deny the opposition. The defence soaked up the pressure while good counter attacking created chances at the other end. Dixon was denied by the post before McNerney put his side ahead with a well taken goal. Select equalised from a bizarre McLaren clearance, which somehow ended up in his own net, before McNerney restored the lead. More chances followed - with Dixon again denied by the post - to leave the score 2-1 at half time. As expected, Select threw everything at the Tyne Port goal in the second half, but outstanding defending from McLaren and Ross limited the chances on goal. When required, Cook did not disappoint, pulling off a string of superb saves. McNerney was everywhere - as always a constant threat - until he went off injured in the last five minutes, while Monaghan and Dixon worked tirelessly in midfield, until Select finally equalised from a penalty in the dying seconds of the game.
On the balance of play, a draw was probably the fairest result for both sides, but Tyne Port felt hard done by with the late penalty decision. Already down to five men, this was a bitter blow for Tyne Port who had defended heroically in the closing stages. But, as the old saying goes - that's football.
By Chris Dixon (Tyne Port)

Herrenknecht 2 Sporting Redhouse 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Stephen Wilson (Herrenknecht)

The irony of the situation was that Tyne Port had just held out Sporting in a heroic stand which left them with only 4 walking outfield players - Durham weren't playing and Slipway had also surprisingly lost against a young and enthusiastic Bassenthwaite team. Sporting were expected to go top with ease. And with a full strength squad against a Herrenknecht team which had suffered a recent defeat. No one gave Herrenknecht any hope....a similar situation to the titanic clash in Season 2
Herrenknecht put out a team similar to the last one which was defeated by Durham 4-1. This time though all caution was thrown to the win. Sangha decided to abandon the man-to-man, catering for the opposition tactics which had served the team so well during the latter half of Season 2, in favour of simple defending with two stoppers and three attackers. Wilson, Robson and Francis behind were the attacking force. Smith and Sangha held the back.
In a high powered game, Sporting were pegged back. Their best line up with Langan and Richardson along with Mouat and Duff were pressured heavily by Robson and Wilson. A deserved opening goal came in from a superb header from Smith. Lax marking led to Langan equalising just before half time to set up an electric second half. Vicious but hilarious in fighting from the Sporting team now boasting Neil Richardson on with Anthony Richardson and Langan was doubled up with Gordon Robson goading Paul Mouat constantly - an argument which stemmed from a recent 11-a-side game where Wilson and Robson were opponents to Mouat and Langan. Francis also popped in on the act with aggressive marking which was dealt with by a warning from Mickey Frater who handled the situation superbly. Robson was lucky not to receive a yellow card for kicking the ball away and Sangha also began to pour hot oil over the simmering arguments between Anthony Richardson and Langan.
Wilson's shot hit the crossbar in the dying moments as the game looked to be heading to a 1-1 draw when up popped Francis, of all people to receive a delicate back heel from man-of-the-match Wilson to almost caress the ball past the hapless Stoker in goal. A brilliant win which ended Sporting's unbeaten run, an amazing run which started off with a 4-0 thumping over Herrenknecht. Revenge is so sweet.
By Davinder Sangha (Herrenknecht)

Bassenthwaite 4 Slipway 2
Official Man-of-the-Match: Stephen Jackson (Bassenthwaite)

A slightly changed Bassen side went into their second game under new management against a Slipway team renowned for it's defensive stubbornness yet still littered with quality up front in the shape of Melvin Keith who
grabbed a brace. Bassen new that anything else other than a win would virtually guarantee 2nd Division football. Going into the game the game plan was to be patient and try to break down the Slipway side slowly and ensure that any counter attacks didn't cost an already huge goals against column. Bassen started the game brightly but just couldn't break down the Slipway who grabbed the first goal. Bassen could only keep on passing the ball and
keep on making the ever tiring Slipway run and chase. Their tiredness seemed to show when Bassen grabbed two superbly taken goals through Stephen Jackson. Bassen's game plan was simply to keep it tight and only a terrible error form an otherwise unbelievably good Chris Conifey in goal let Keith have an empty net. 2-2 with about 10 minutes remaining. Slipway threw on a lively Joe Dove who's running ability with the ball caused Bassen's defence a few problems. His effort were to no avail, though as defender Ryan MacNaught avoided a nose bleed to tuck away a third Bassen goal. The goal of the game was still to come though as Stephen Jackson secured his hat-trick. With his back towards goal and approximately 20 yards out Jackson had the ball played to his feet. Chipping it up on to his favoured left foot and, turning his marker, he smashed an unstoppable volley into the bottom corner securing the points to Bassen. It will be interesting to see if this Bassenthwaite side can avoid the dreaded -R- word.
By Chris Haldane (Bassenthwaite)

6th March 2001 (Division 1)

Herrenknecht pulverise Tyne Port. Select on top.

Despite a battling performance, Royal still lose to Select 3-2.

Select 3 Royal Mail 2
Official Man-of-the-Match: Mark Lawton (Select)

Select went into the game knowing that with Durham not playing, a victory would take them to top of the table for the first time this season. Royal Mail knew that a defeat against the title favourites would leave them with a very difficult task of retaining their Division 1 status. The first half was totally dominated by Select. Their razor sharp passing and movement kept the reigning Champions on a constant back foot. It was no surprise therefore to see Select go in at the halftime interval two goals up. John Cairns and eventual Man-of-the-Match Mark Lawton being the goal scorers. The second half started in very similar fashion to the first. Select were constantly driving forward in search of more goals. Lawton and Williams down the wings were proving to be a consistent thorn in the champions side. John Hunt who now adopts a more central defensive position in the Select team, was continuously breaking up the Royal Mail attacks, while Sole defender Tarnjit sangha was playing his role with sufficient ease. It wasn't until the dual second half substitution by Royal Mail Manager Jamie Fleming that the champions finally began to show some fight in the game, in particular the new signing of Neil Richardson from Sporting Redhouse. As soon as Richardson came on, the Champions began to show some spirit and belief in themselves. Royal actually started to cause the Title favourites some problems, with Richardson and Boylan being the major antagonists. Two quick goals brought the game back to 3-2. but it was too much too late for the champions. In fairness, it would have been unfair on Select if they had not took all three points from this encounter. They had numerous opportunities to kill the game off, but a mixture of good goal-keeping and bad finishing kept the score to a minimum. For Royal Mail there is much they can take from this game. The introduction of Neil Richardson and his subsequent pairing with Michael Boylan in attack, could well have found the answer to their chronic goal-scoring problems. Only time will tell. As for Select, they are finally top of the table. Now it remains to be seen whether they really have the ability to stay there. The same applies to Select as it does for Royal, only time will tell.
By Tarnjit Sangha (Select) Herrenknecht 4 Tyne Port 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Stephen Wilson (Herrenknecht)

It was common knowledge two weeks ago that Phil McNerney, one of the players of the season so far, would not be playing against Herrenknecht. Before the game Tyne Port were struggling to find a full complement of players, but eventually managed to put a team out against Herrenknecht with Darren Duggan replacing (albeit on a temporary basis) McNerney.
It seemed to have worked....Dixon fired in the opening shot after 20 seconds straight from kick off. Tyne Port, expert at defending simply had to sit on that lead and then counterattack. The -old- Herrenknecht would have crumbled and lost heat but the -new- team immediately replied with Wilson firing in an unstoppable shot to equalise. From then on it was all Herrenknecht. Chances were created and either missed or saved. Smith ran the whole length of the field, as Tyne Port were busy cancelling Robson and Wilson out, to fire in a superb goal. Wilson scored a further goal to end the game as a contest at 3-1 and Robson scored at the death to give Herrenknecht a superb result. A brilliant performance from the whole team. Lee Francis played his best so far, even better than against Sporting. He won almost every tackle in the middle of the park and created several superb chances for Robson and Wilson. Smith at the back controlled everything and kept the team going, along with scoring a superb individual goal. And then Robson and Wilson, clearly two lethal attackers who are combining exceptionally well. Any difficult ball was soon brought under control and used well. Royal Mail are up next and with Sinnott rejoining as an attacker alongside Wilson, Robson and Smith with Francis in defence, a positive result is expected.
By Davinder Sangha (Herrenknecht)

13th March 2001 (Division 1)

Royal Mail, back on track?

Crown comfortably beat an overconfident Durham Pine to push Select clear at the top.

Royal Mail 1 Herrenknecht 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: Neil Richardson (Royal)

A below par performance from an overconfident Herrenknecht, allied with a solid performance from Royal Mail led to an inevitable 1-0 defeat. Their stop start season yet again grinds to a stop. Despite the result, Herrenknecht's defensive performance was okay without Sangha as stopper. Only this time the attack inexplicably failed to strike the target despite extensive domination in the first half. The game did not see much skill and invention apart from the superb Royal Mail goal scored by Neil Richardson, who seemingly has returned from a long exile at Slipway - then Sporting, now back to his original Royal Mail team. Royal Manager Jamie Fleming was forced to go in goal to solve his teams goalkeeping crisis, but was rarely tested. Stephen Wilson and Sinnott along with Robson showed some signs of gelling together as an attacking force, but Robson turned cautious during the game which saw him at times behind Graham Smith and Lee Francis. Ironically, Herrenknecht collectively defended well, nobody really lost a challenge, but as mentioned, a distinct lack of shooting at the obviously nervous Fleming was criminal. Back to square one for Herrenknecht who have a crucial Cup Quarter Final against Sporting, but an excellent opportunity for Royal Mail to now go on a run against Slipway next week. Personally as Manager of Herrenknecht and viewing Royal Mail's team, I think a win against Slipway is likely. If in any event that Royal fail to beat Slipway, they will struggle and probably be Relegated, as it seems that all the teams in the bottom section seem to be pushing upwards, including Bassenthwaite and Herrenknecht. So if Royal win, the other teams will keep on winning - a 6 point gap at this stage seems quite big. Even teams such as the Slipway and Tyne Port could be sucked in to Relegation. A prime example is that Herrenknecht could have gone third with a win, yet now they are back in Relegation trouble in 6th place. Their own fault really. There also seems to be a bit of a rift between the new players coming in and the existing players. The fact remains, that as manager, if I see any in-fighting or over criticism, then players will be dropped " even if it causes us to be relegated.
By Davinder Sangha (Herrenknecht)
Select 3 Slipway 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Mark Banks (Select)

Select v Slipway was expected to be a tempestuous affair and that is exactly the way it turned out to be. Select introduced Mark Banks to make his debut in place of Simon Williams who was out with a groin strain. While Paul Mooney Jnr returned for Slipway in place of Joe Dove. Right from the kick off, Select's quick passing and movement tore through the Slipway rear-guard with ease, but as has been the continually growing problem for the Title favourites, a whole host of chances were wasted. Slipways were left to shooting from long distance and very rarely troubled Gary Davison in goal for Select. But in the SFL you are punished for not taking your chances, and Select found that out to their cost when with just five minutes to go in the first half Slipway went a goal ahead after an uncharacteristic piece of indecision by Select player/Manager Tarnjit Sangha in defence. This was a trait that would dog Sangha throughout the game. However, there is no team in the SFL that creates as many chances per game then Select. This attribute means that Select will eventually score if they persist at their game, and duly the goal came via terrific passing move that involved the whole team only to be finished of with a wonderful strike by eventual hat-trick man and Man-of-The-Match Mark Banks. The second half kept the same flow as the first, with Select constantly on the attack and Slipway occasionally threatening on the break. With around seven minutes to go Select went ahead, again through Mark Banks, who now seemed to be revelling in his free role. It was from this point on that matters got a little out of hand. A few harsh challenges and niggling fouls by both sides turned the game nasty, with one particularly incident involving Select's Mark Lawton and Slipway's Paul Mooney Jnr resulting in yellow cards for both players. They were lucky; the cards could have quite easily been red. The last few minutes of the game didn't seem to have any shape. It seemed as if Select had settled for the 2-1 score line, while Slipway could not seem to find the invention to break down the Select defence. Just to rub salt into the Slipway wounds, Banks rounded off his impressive debut with a stunning shot that left Slipway's gaol keeper with no chance at all.
It was a strange performance from Select. Cairns, Sangha and Lawton all while playing well, seemed to be below par, especially since they have set so high standards for themselves. Banks was superb, while Keeper Davison has yet to put a foot or should I say hand wrong. Biggest complement of the night had to go to John Hunt. Over the last few games, I have seen a great intelligence come into his game. One of the key reasons why Slipway had so few efforts on goal was more due to his endeavours, then Sangha playing his usual competent and authoritarian role at the back. Hunt is rapidly becoming a major force in the Select side. I knew I made the right decision to sign him.
By Tarnjit Sangha (Select)
Crown Electrics 2 Durham Pine 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Sean Forrest (Crown Electrics)

After seeing Select go clear at the top of the SFL, Durham knew they also had to win and make sure they kept the pressure on the leaders. Player/Manager Brian Gettins had a full complement of players to choose from, thus enforcing his intentions of what was expected. Crown who themselves are now serious 'dark horses' as Title challengers came into the game knowing that a victory against their more fancied opponents would really propel them into the Championship reckoning. The key for Durham as always would be the performance of striker and leading goal scorer Paul Richardson. Whereas for Crown, any of the front three of Sean Forrest, Gary Rolls and John Wardle could pose a threat.
From the off, you could see this was going to be an entertaining game. Crown play in a very similar fashion to Select, where the emphasis is on attack. Durham play an all the more defensive game where Richardson plays the role of lone striker with the support of Gettins who sits just behind him. Durham went at their opponents from the off and immediately seemed to knock Crown off their balance. Richardson was proving to be a constant threat, and duly scored to put Durham into the lead. But instead of taking control of proceedings, Durham even though going a goal ahead seemed to hand the initiative to Crown. For the next twenty or so minutes Crown took the game to Durham, and created numerous chances only to be thwarted by splendid goal keeping by Alfie Turner in the Durham goal. But eventually Crown got what they deserved and equalised. Brilliant counter-attacking by Crown had Durham looking decidedly nervous. Even Paul Richardson was looking subdued. But this was all down to the tactics of Crown. With just five minutes to go Crown took what was to be a decisive lead. Durham were shattered. They piled forward in vain, but this only led to more razor sharp counters by Crown. Again if it had not been for excellent goal keeping by turner in the Durham goal, the score could well have been a lot higher. The final whistle went and Durham knew that this 2-1 defeat could well have major repercussions when the final standings come to be. We will see
By Tarnjit Sangha (Select) Bassenthwaite 6 JJB Sports 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Paul Burn (JJB Sports)

Bassenthwaite came into this game off the back of a very disappointing defeat against the Slipway despite having gone 2-0 up at half time. Added to this was the fact that earlier on in the night, their closest relegation rivals, Royal Mail had won. However any lack of confidence was soon cleared out of the system with a
performance that left JJB reeling. Bassenthwaite dominated the game in terms of possession, skill and ability and despite this seemingly massive scoreline JJB must have felt lucky it wasn't more. Bassen must have missed about 20 clear cut chances with a combination of outstanding goalkeeping, and poor finishing keeping the scoreline as little as it was. In fairness to JJB, poor defending and the occasional good move did leave them with a number of chances, most of which they squandered. It was Bassen that made the brighter start and quickly went 2-0 with two superb strikes from the brilliant Stephen Jackson. He scored 4 in this game taking his goalscoring tally to 11 goals in just 4 games. After going into this lead though, JJB quickly pulled one back through a calm, if not scuffed finish by Cuddy. JJB could have got the equaliser, when good play from Alan Burn left him one-on-one with Bassen keeper Chris Conifey. Conifey, who had little to do all game showed the form that will prove him to be one of the best keepers in this league. He pounced on a powerful strike, leaving JJB frustrated and Bassen relieved. From there on in there were no more slip ups and Bassen comfortable secured the win with a further 4 goals, as there opponents tired leaving massive gaps. A vital win for Bassen, with a feeling that they can still play better. All credit to the referee, Mr Frater who had a great game.
By Chris Haldane (Bassenthwaite)

20th March 2001 (Division 2)

Superb Bassenthwaite confound their critics, again

A genuine chance of moving clear.

Bassenthwaite 4 Durham Pine 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Stephen Jackson (Bassenthwaite)

The impossible task of taking Bassen away from the relegation zone now looks a distinct possibility after a superb, ground out result against a very strong Durham side. Like last week, Bassen went into the game knowing that their closest rivals had once again won, meaning nothing less than a victory would suffice for Bassen. However rather than disappoint the young Bassen side, Royal Mail's victory seemed to spur them on, resulting in a performance of both grit and determination but also littered with skill and superb passing and movement. Bassen's tactics were simply to frustrate Pine with constant scurrying pressure whenever they had the ball in remotely dangerous areas and then hit them with the plethora of skill they possess, whenever possible. Early on in the game Pine seemed to be having the majority of possession without causing any problems to Bassen keeper Chris Conifey. Bassen battled for the ball and after their first attack, they produced their first shot and went one-nil up thanks to a cool Chris Haldane finish. This was very pleasing to a side that in the previous week has missed close to 20 clear-cut opportunities despite running out 6-1 winners. The next ten minutes of the game left little opportunity for either side as both sides, despite playing superb football, seemed to cancel each other out. However after a short period of possession, Pine equalised with a superb 20 yard drilled shot that found the bottom corner. With the teams looking to go into half time all square the ever lively Stephen Jackson produced a moment of magic that left a Pine defender and the goalkeeper flat footed and only able to watch the ball roll into the back of the net. Half time, Bassen 2-1 up. The second half continued in the same vain as the first, with Bassen working far harder than Pine to get the ball back when they didn't have it, and then using the ball slightly better, when they did. It was this brilliant tactical strategy than enabled Bassen to get a further 2 goals in the shape, (yet again) of Stephen Jackson, who despite playing in fewer games than most is already up their with the top scorers in the league. A great nights work for Bassen who must maintain such form and effort to get clear of the 3 team cut off mark.
By Chris Haldane (Bassenthwaite) Select 4 Durham Pine 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: Simon Williams (Select)
Just a few weeks ago this tie was expected to be a major title decider with both teams at the time striding away at the top of the table. However when the two sides met, there was only one team that looked anything like title challengers. Select stormed to a 4-0 win without Durham ever looking like they were going to cause them any problems. Paul Richardson and Gary Ramsay were missing for Durham and if ever their team needed them it was for this encounter. It took just 2 minutes for Select to take the lead when Simon Williams lashed in a long distance drive that left the keeper with little chance. From there on in it was one-way traffic for the remainder of the game. Select created chances after chance as Durham were left reeling by some of the football that was being played by their opponents. Stephen Wilson making his debut for his new team fitted into the system with absolute ease, and confirmed this by scoring two excellent goals to make it 3-0 for the league leaders. It was left to Man-of-the-Match Simon Williams to hammer what could be the final nail into Durham's title ambitions by making the final score 4-0. And all this, with Player/Manager Tarnjit Sangha, sitting this one out on the sideline. John Hunt playing his new role as sole defender made sure that the presence of Sangha was not missed at all. I don't know whether I should be happy or not
By Tarnjit Sangha (Select)

27th March 2001 (Division 1 and Quarter Finals)

Select seem unreachable.

Despite the lack of Durham Pine, Select, Sporting, Crown and Slipway in the Cup, the Semi Finals do boast big names, the likes of Herrenknecht, Tyne Port and the current holders, Royal Mail

Quarter Final
Tyne Port 2 Team Coulson 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: Chris Scott (Tyne Port)
Match Report by Chris Dixon (Tyne Port)
This quarter-final clash saw Team Coulson, the only side with a 100% record take on an unpredictable Tyne Port. Having played only one competitive game in nearly two months, Tyne Port were may peoples underdogs to a Team Coulson side who had so far swept away all opposition. In a game played in farcical weather conditions, both sides struggled to control the ball in the first half. Tyne Port had most of the early possession and were rewarded when McLaren finished well from a quickly taken free kick. As expected, the longer the game went on, Team Coulson piled on the pressure but could not break down a resilient Tyne Port. Cook was faultless in goal, producing some top drawer saves when required, while the back line of McLaren and Ross stood firm. The lead was doubled midway into the second half after a good run from the hard working Scott let Dixon in to steer the ball home. Team Coulson pressed until the end searching for a way back into the game, but could not find a way through the Tyne Port defence. A hard earned result and a good, solid performance from Tyne Port. Quarter Final
Herrenknecht 2 Sporting Redhouse 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Davinder Sangha (Herrenknecht)
By Davinder Sangha (Herrenknecht)
The achievement of the Herrenknecht team to propel itself into the Semi Finals of the 3rd SFL Cup must not be underestimated. Only Robson, Sangha and Garrett remained from the first team regulars and only Garrett and Sangha remained from the original Season 1 Herrenknecht team.
Francis and Sinnott had 11-a-side duties, Smith was Cup Tied, Huitson was unavailable and Stephen Wilson had left the team to join Select who were, coincidentally, flying high in Division 1. In came Massey who was scheduled to play in the team when the Quarter Finals were last due to be played and also new players Joe Thompson and Darren Duggan. Duggan had been on the end of a 4-1 defeat whilst standing in for Tyne Port against, ironically, Herrenknecht, but was the current Manager of the Stadium News team in the CNFL, whereas Thompson had never played in the League before.
As for Sporting, they were back to full strength after a 1-0 defeat v Crown in the League. Langan and Richardson were back but they did have a suspect, stand in goalkeeper, who was immediately exposed by Thompson, who fired in a long distance shot just inside the half way circle. Sporting began to pressure the Herrenknecht defence, but then Robson gave away a penalty by inexplicably stepping in the area when there was no pressure on him at all. Langan duly dispatched the penalty to make it 1-1. The game then mirrored the pattern of the original game with Sporting have all the play in the middle and final third whilst Herrenknecht looked increasingly dangerous on the break . Barry Massey had a superb game as an isolated front man. It was Massey who put Herrenknecht ahead again with a shot from an obscene angle to set Herrenknecht on their way to the Semi Finals. Sporting pressured and pressured but Sangha and Garrett pushed everything back in desperation. Sangha earned his first ever Man-of-the-Match award for an unbelievable performance considering Smith and/or Francis weren't there to support in the duties.
The Herrenknecht squad now prepares to face Royal Mail, the current Holders in the Semi-Finals. The team has the opportunity to put out the winners after eliminating season 1 winners Sporting. Tyne Port are now considered favourites having beaten Team Coulson in the other Quarter Final by 2-0. Coulson's, arrogant and overrated were found out by what are supposedly a mediocre Division 1 team as Trevor Walker failed to hit the back of the net. BHD face Tyne Port after a surprise 5-0 win over Kail. Yet again, Kail failed to score as they were beaten by University only the week before. Royal were the luckiest of the bunch. Arguments over whether Neil Richardson (who was cup tied for Sporting) could play affected the team as they went 2-0 down. They did manage to claw it back to 3-3 to gain a penalty win over Lance Roberts who gave it away.
So despite the lack of Durham Pine, Select, Sporting, Crown and Slipway, the Semi Finals do boast big names in Herrenknecht, Royal Mail, the current holders and Tyne Port, with BHD the definite joker in the pack. Unbelievable from BHD who are outside the Play-Off zone at the moment but having finished bottom last season, John Nicholson has taken over the Managerial responsibilities from Leigh Devaney to propel the team to previously unreachable heights. But with the likes of Tommy Wilkinson back in the fold they have in the team a Division 1 player to complement the regulars. Quarter Final
Royal Mail Sunderland 3 Lance Roberts 3
Royal Mail 2-0 on penalties
Official Man-of-the-Match: Neil Middlemiss (Lance Roberts)
By Jamie Fleming (Royal Mail)
Hero of the day was Dave McGrath by saving two penalties in the shoot out in a match played in horrendous conditions. 3-1 down with 5 minutes remaining Royal Mail made a tremendous comeback to win on penalties.

3rd April 2001

Crown fail to take advantage. Durham recovery.

Bassenthwaite move closer to safety.

Bassenthwaite 3 Herrenknecht 2
Official Man-of-the-Match: Lee Redford (Bassenthwaite)
Match Report by Davinder Sangha (Herrenknecht)

The obvious excuse would be that Herrenknecht didn't really have their set line up. No Massey, Sinnott, Francis, Smith, etc. etc. But then they walked off the pitch after a 3-2 defeat v Bassenthwaite in disbelief that they didn't come away with anything after the game. Despite being overrun in the first half, the team took a more aggressive, intimidating approach (something Herrenknecht are not really known for). It worked, Bassenthwaite were clearly rattled and on another day would have surely been heavily defeated. A constant stream of chances were spurned, either by bad finishing or fortuitous saves by the Bassenthwaite 'keeper, who cleary wasn't their first choice. The longer the game went on - the more obvious it was that Herrenknecht were going to lose. After what must have been the 10th clear opportunity, Bassenthwaite scored on the break to make it 3-1. Ironically Herrenknecht did score through Robson near the end but it was all in vain. Chris Garrett in the Herrenknecht goal pulled off some remarkable saves, again, but was clearly let down by his attackers. Sangha also played considerably well. Joe Thompson pulled a hamstring late in the first but actually stepped up a gear in the second despite being mainly immobile. The Duggan brothers, Gary and Darren also did well. The first half threatened to become an onslaught but the team gelled together in the second and probably created more chances and movement than any Herrenknecht team had done this season. A bad result though, Herrenknecht are hovering above the Relegation Line and with player shortages, due to work, 11-a-side fixture clashes and niggling injuries, it's seems they along with JJB's are almost certain to be Relegated.

10th April 2001

Royal Mail retain the Cup.

Wins over Herrenknecht and Tyne Port revive their season.


Final
Royal Mail 2 Tyne Port 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Michael Boylen (Royal Mail)

Semi Finals
Royal Mail 1 Herrenknecht 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: Steve Lawson (Royal Mail)
Tyne Port 3 BHD Windows 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Chris Dixon (Tyne Port)

A dominating Semi Final win over Herrenknecht, a game which would have ended much earlier had it not been for some spectacular saves by Chris Garrett in the Herrenknecht goal, led to another Final appearance for Royal Mail. Herrenknecht were a bit unlucky in the end as Darren Duggan hit the post with a shot in the final seconds, but overall it would have been an injustice to Royal Mail who did so well to get through. Tyne Port had the luxury of facing 2nd Division opposition all the way to the Final. A 5-1 win over CDS followed by an excellent 2-0 win over the œunbeatable Team Coulson finished with a 3-1 win over BHD in the Semi Finals. BHD actually opened the scoring through a penalty but failed to hold on and were, as expected, eliminated.

The Final was a very tight affair. Normally goal shy Michael Boylen put Royal ahead in the first as they took control of the game and retained possession far better than Tyne Port. It seemed that another 1-0 win was on the cards until Chris Scott took advantage of a clear opportunity to equalise. It was then Tyne's turn to attack. Chris Dixon had at least two excellent chances to put Tyne Port ahead but failed to find the target. In the dying minutes, Royal won a free kick just outside the Tyne Port area and ever present Michael Boylen made no mistake as he fired in the lay off. An outstanding end to an excellent Cup Series. A Cup where all the major names were knocked out. Slipway were eliminated by Sporting who then made themselves the favourites by eliminating Select on penalties. A surprise 2-1 defeat against Herrenknecht in the Quarter Finals put Sporting out and forced their team to disband. Durham were eliminated by Lance Roberts who were on course for a Semi Final place after leading Royal 3-1. But Royal clawed it back to win on penalties to face Herrenknecht in the Semi's. The other favourites, Team Coulson were œfound out by Tyne Port in a 2-0 Quarter Final defeat. But by far the surprise team in the competition was BHD. A brilliant 2-0 win over Toddy's in Round 2 was followed by an emphatic 5-1 win over Kail in the Quarters. The inevitable defeat in the Semi Finals in no way overshadows their achievement. Next season there will be two cup competitions in force. One which finishes in the middle of the season and one which finishes near the end.

A couple of very important results in both Divisions. In Division 1, Bassenthwaite pulled out of the Relegation Zone after a fine 3-1 win over a new look Sporting team. All the old hands from Sporting, Duff, Langan, Richardson, etc, finally left the team after the disappointing 2-1 Quarter Final defeat v Herrenknecht and it's now left in Paul Stoker's hands to bring in his own players. No pressure on Stoker, however, as remaining in Division 1 for Sporting would be a bonus. A possible drop into Division 2 seems likely but then it's fresh start for his team. In Division 2, it seems as if the œmajor signing of Langan hasn't gone too well. A resurgent Redhouse WMC defeated them 2-1, this despite Christian Baines opening the scoring. Stewart Wright hit 2 goals for Redhouse to put them in the Play-Off reckoning with a 3 point cushion over ALS

17th April 2001

Bassenthwaite: the in form team.

Herrenknecht look doomed.

In Division 1, Herrenknecht continue to stumble into the Relegation Zone with a truly disastrous 3-0 defeat against Slipway. The disaster was that Slipway had only 5 players. A superb free-kick from Michael Mooney followed by two goals from Melvin Keith condemned Herrenknecht " who, again, had numerous opportunities but failed to take them. Select punished the new look Sporting team 6-1 in an unsurprising result, but the game which mattered more to them was the Bassenthwaite " Crown game. In form Bassenthwaite punished the Crown team with a superb 3-1 win, Crowns first defeat since January.
Currently it doesn't look promising for Tyne Port and Herrenknecht, both teams are having player problems. Tyne Port mainly with injuries to the influential McLaren and McNerney. Herrenknecht, despite the return of Anthony Richardson simply cannot score goals despite reasonable possession " new players are required for Herrenknecht whereas Tyne Port could do with their injured players at a crucial time.

Slipway 3 Herrenknecht 0
Official Man of the Match Melvin Keith (Slipway)
Match Report by Davinder Sangha (Herrenknecht)

Not much to say about this disgrace. We were playing against 5 men, but simply lack the ability to score goals. Only plus point is that Corby's finally back in Herrenknecht colours¦but after this I doubt he'll want to stay long¦.

1st May 2001

Select nearly there. Royal Mail maintain their run.

Disaster for Tyne Port.

Royal are beginning to now show why they won the Title last Season. A total of 4 straight wins in the League still hasn't got them out of the Relegation Zone, but with games in hand over Slipway, Sporting and Herrenknecht, it appears they should escape. It's looking bad for Tyne Port, having lost first McNerney and then McLaren, a 2-1 defeat off Durham pushes them into the Relegation Zone. Ed Cook fired in Tyne Ports goal, a rare appearance for him outfield. He should have fired in a late equaliser but was thwarted by Alfie Turner. Also welcome return for Richie Carr who last played for Durham back in August as he was ever present in Season 1 and 2. Herrenknecht performed brilliantly against Select, holding them to a 1-0 lead at half time. Langan should have equalised with two clear chances late on but failed. Both 'keepers performed to their highest level with Garrett making some miraculous saves and his counterpart Davison making three crucial saves as Herrenknecht applied some late pressure. The win leaves Select a staggering 9 points clear. They would probably have to lose nearly 4 games to not win the League.
As most teams will already know, BHD, Fergusons and Toddy's have been removed from the League due to them being unable to fulfil fixtures on several occasions. It was mutually agreed with all three Managers that they should be removed. It must be said that the Manager's were all for the League and as enthusiastic as ever, but unlike most teams, they simply did not have enough guaranteed players to continue. Next Season is going to be very harsh on penalties for teams not turning up. 2 points deducted and a £24 fine will be administered. NO EXCUSES¦

Durham 2 Tyne Port 1
Official Man of the Match Brian Gettins (Durham)
Match Report by Chris Dixon (Tyne Port)

After last weeks abysmal performance against Bassenthwaite, the game against Durham Pine was a chance to regain some much needed confidence and more importantly, three points. A restructured team due to injuries and unavailable players saw Mark Whittaker in goal, with Ed Cook moving into midfield. We should have won comfortably, but the physical approach adopted by Durham never gave us a chance to get any momentum going. Late challenges on Durham's part stopped most of the clear opportunities we had, but the referee seemed happy to keep the tackles flying in, some of which Vinny Jones would have been proud of. Without the influential McLaren, Ross was overstretched as a lone defender, although Whittaker was disappointed with the second goal. Poor finishing from Dixon and Scott, coupled with some good saves by Durham's keeper, kept us out until Cook hit a consolation near the end. Three points were there for the taking, but missed chances and soft goals have cost us again. An improvement on last weeks shocker, but still searching for some badly needed points.

Select 1 Herrenknecht 0
Official Man of the Match David Duff (Herrenknecht)
Match Report by Davinder Sangha (Herrenknecht)

Some would have thought that Herrenknecht had actually won the game when they walked off the pitch after a 1-0 defeat against Select. The match took place in an atmosphere of a game that seemed as if it was a top of the table clash as opposed to one team attempting to break away from Relegation and another just waiting for the Title.
True, Herrenknecht were now bolstered with the addition of ex Sporting players, Duffy, Corby and Langan, but Select still posed a huge threat which was apparent in the opening stages of the game. Chris Garrett, without a doubt, Herrenknecht's Player of the Season, made some remarkable saves during the game to keep his team in it. It was only late on that Herrenknecht began to show potential after Select were penned in their own area. An early John Cairns strike separated the two teams, but Langan, who came on as a second half sub for Corby failed to finish off two excellent chances near the end. Herrenknecht should have come away with a draw, but were content with their performance. The whole team performed to their highest ability in what one neutral said was one of the finest games seen. The questions after the game are: when will Select mathematically win the Title, which has been inevitable for quite a while. Will Herrenknecht escape Relegation, which is likely with the team that they have now¦and will they be able to mount a challenge next Season, probably, if they can keep the squad together¦but then similar things were mentioned at the back end of Season 2.

24th April 2001

Bassenthwaite 2nd! Herrenknecht's revival.

Duff, Richardson and Ridley make all the difference. Select racing away with the Title.

A 5-2 win for Select over Crown almost signalled the end of Crown's challenge. Back to back defeats pushed them down the table until a 3-1 win over Slipway pushed them back into 3rd. Slipway were 2nd but dropped down to 4th after the 3-1 defeat. Melvin Keith scored the Slipway goal but goals from Stubbs, Wardle and Forrest made sure Crown were still in the top half of the table, despite being 8 points behind Select. Herrenknecht showed signs of a revival with new signings David Duff (ex Toddy's and Sporting) and Steve Ridley (ex-Toddy's) joining Anthony Richardson. A superb performance saw them race into a 4-0 lead with a well overdue hat trick from Gordon Robson. Man of the Match Richardson scored the other. Bassenthwaite moved into an unprecedented 2nd place with a 4-0 slaughter over Tyne Port, who now drop into the Relegation Zone replacing Herrenknecht.
Bassenthwaite 4 Tyne Port 0
Official Man of the Match Lee Redford (Bassenthwaite)
Match Report by Chris Dixon (Tyne Port)

We got exactly what we deserved from this game - nothing. A terrible performance which is difficult to accept when we know we have a side capable of beating any team in the league. I couldnt sleep the night after the game, it was that bad. Admittedly we looked rusty against BHD and Royal Mail in our previous games, but against Bassenthwaite we fell to pieces and never really looked capable of scoring a goal, let alone winning. Definitely our worst performance in the league since the beginning of Season 2.
It would be harsh to take anything away from Bassenthwaite, who fully deserved the victory, but the truth is that we all had a nightmare. The loss of key players Phil McNerney and Dave McLaren has undoubtedly affected the balance of the side, and this performance suggests there could be difficult times ahead, since we now find ourselves in the bottom three. Back to the drawing board for Tyne Port, who need to have a rethink to stop the slide towards relegation Herrenknecht 4 JJB Sports 2
Official Man of the Match Anthony Richardson (Herrenknecht)
Match Report by Davinder Sangha (Herrenknecht)

After the 3-0 debacle against Slipway, Herrenknecht approached this JJB Sports game with trepidation. JJBs were on form but hadn't won a single game in the SFL. They were producing the goods in the CNFL however. New signings for Herrenknecht were Duff and Ridley, both from Toddy's, but both had only played one game for Toddy's. Duff joined Richardson (Corby), his fellow player from Sporting. Gordon Robson, who scored 5 against JJBs on his debut was expected to score¦and he did. A hat-trick along with a superb team goal from Corby, after several one-touch passes gave Herrenknecht a 4-1 lead. JJBs were never really in it. They managed to pounce on some errors to score two goals but were kept in it by their keeper. A good performance which was to lead to the big game against Select.

9th May 2001

One more win for Select.

They could confirm the Title next week, Durham the opponents.

An excellent night of football after all the recent withdrawals, and absentees. Herrenknecht, despite trailing 2-0, eventually (and deservedly) triumphed 4-2 aided with a Gordon Robson hat-trick and a second consecutive Man-of-the-Match performance from Duff, who instigated most of the attacks. Langan added the other goal as Bassenthwaite suffered their first defeat for a while ending a run of six straight wins. Select's firepower was too much for Tyne Port. Tyne did make a fight of it though as they equalised twice before being punished late on. A brilliant debut, however, for Malcolm Harvey " ex Sporting as Tyne have now replaced McNerney with former 'keeper Ed Cook. Darren Duggan (ex-Herrenknecht) took over a seemingly relegation bound Sporting and in his first game instantly turned the corner. A 2-0 win over the Slipway steadied their slide, as now the Slipway definitely look to be in danger. Crown Electrics prevented Durham from continuing their excellent run of form with a surprise 2-1 win. Durham had won two on the trot whereas Crown had lost two. A late goal from Wardle settled the issue.
Royal Mail, themselves on an excellent run with 6 wins faced JJB's. The inevitable 4-1 scoreline resulted in confirmation of JJB's Relegation. Ironically Royal are still in the drop zone, but have played at least two games less than their nearest rivals. An interesting set of games awaits Royal as they test themselves against Bassenthwaite " then follow the game with a crucial encounter against Herrenknecht, results in these two games should prove wether Royal are going to stay up.
Herrenknecht 4 Bassenthwaite 2
Official Man of the Match David Duff (Herrenknecht)
Match Report by Davinder Sangha (Herrenknecht)

Facing the ever improving Bassenthwaite team was going to be an acid test for the œnew Herrenknecht team. Haldane's men (or boys) hadn't been beaten in the League since they went down 3-2 against the Slipway, 6 games ago, since then they had disposed of Durham, Crown, Tyne Port and also Herrenknecht and Slipway (4-2). 6 straight wins. Without a doubt, Haldane would be first name on the Manager of the Season award, having taken over Bassenthwaite, and despite an opening, heavy defeat against Select, took them to 2nd Place. For Herrenknecht, a 3-2 defeat off Bassenthwaite nearly a month ago was to be ignored, only Robson, Sangha and Garrett remained from that team. Now bolstered with Ridley, Duff and Langan, Herrenknecht were the more favoured to win having proved themselves in a narrow 1-0 defeat v Champions-elect Select in their previous game.
They suffered an early blow, 2 long range shots " fired in with perfect accuracy read 2-0 to Bassenthwaite, but Herrenknecht simply refused to be deterred. Gore Robson managed to fire in a reply in the first half as the Bassenthwaite 'keeper pulled off some tremendous saves. The second half was all Herrenknecht. Robson hit an equaliser and soon after was extremely unlucky not to put Herrenknecht 3-2 up having seen the ball hit both posts and roll along the line. He was not to be averted as soon Herrenknecht were 4-2 up with Langan joining Robson on the scoresheet. A hat-trick usually means Man-of-the-Match, only this time the award went to Duff for the second game running for some first rate, intelligent play to set up the attacks. To put it simply, Herrenknecht were physically stronger and far more cohesive than Bassenthwaite, who began to argue amongst themselves. A victory still doesn't push Herrenknecht up the table as wins for Royal Mail and, surprisingly Sporting Redhouse maintain their respective progress. Select 3 Tyne Port 2
Official Man of the Match Malcolm Harvey (Tyne Port)
Match Report by Chris Dixon (Tyne Port)

After three successive defeats in the league, the last game we wanted was against Select. New signing Malcolm Harvey was given a debut in goal, while the influential McLaren returned to the side after an enforced absence. A reshuffled side saw Ed Cook partner Chris Scott in the middle, with Monaghan pushed up front and Dixon on the sidelines.
As expected, Select attacked from the kick off, but good defensive organisation and smart goalkeeping from Harvey kept the threat out. Monaghan was unlucky not to break the deadlock for Tyne, before Select went ahead through a quick counter attack. Tyne Ports equaliser came almost immediately as Cook ghosted through to place an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner. As Select pressed, chances were snuffed out by the impressive McLaren and Ross, while Harvey was a rock in goal.
A second half change saw Dixon replace Monaghan in a forward role, but Select struck first again, Harvey beaten by what needed to be a superb long range strike. As before, Tyne equalised, a defence splitting pass from Cook allowing Dixon to slide the ball home from the edge of the box.
At this point all the action was around Tyne's area, but it looked as though Select could not find a way through, until another quality strike re-established the lead with a couple of minutes to go. 3-2 it ended, but there are promising signs of a turnaround for Tyne Port now the injury crisis has disappeared. The solid defensive partnership of McLaren and Ross is back, while new signing Malcolm Harvey performed well in goal. Scott and Cook in midfield are playing well, while Monaghan looks impressive in a new forward role. Big test against the Slipway next week...

15th May 2001

Brilliant Durham do it again.

Wonder goal from Storey (his first) seals a draw.

Durham, despite an indifferent season, pulled out all the stops in their second encounter against Select. A fantastic first goal from Dale Storey sealed the points in an excellent 2-2 draw. Durham, for once, had their strongest team out and it certainly showed. Royal were expected to beat Bassenthwaite based on current form. Bassenthwaite had suffered a demoralising 4-2 defeat against Herrenknecht whereas Royal were unbeaten since a 3-2 defeat against Select. Neil Richardson fired them into a 2-1 lead only to be pegged back and eventually beaten by 2 goals from Man-of-the-Match, Stephen Jackson in a 3-2 defeat. It was a numbing defeat, similar to the one that Herrenknecht suffered afterwards. Although Crown were second and high flying, the improved Herrenknecht team were favoured to win¦only yet again to be held back by overconfidence and the lack of a centre forward. Gordon Robson was injured but then with a strong set of players, Herrenknecht should have done better. The win puts Crown into Second Place. Goals from Stubbs and Wardle did the job. Slipway look further doomed as a weakened team were beaten 2-0 against Tyne Port. The win was wrapped up 5 minutes from time with a second Chris Dixon goal.
Tyne Port 2 Slipway 0
Official Man of the Match Mark Turnbull (Slipway)
Match Report by Chris Dixon (Tyne Port)

After last weeks defeat against Select, a win against Slipway was needed for Tyne Port to claw themselves away from relegation. The main problem Tyne Port have had recently has been scoring goals and killing off the opposition. Granted, injury problems and player shortages haven't helped, but we need to start taking our chances better. The odds were stacked in Tyne's favour against a five-man Slipway, but the scoreline was a little too close for comfort for the best part of the game. The end scoreline should probably have been five or six, but a host of missed chances coupled with some brilliant goalkeeping kept Slipway in touch till the last five minutes. Slipway made themselves hard to break down, but the game should have been sewn up by the end of the first half. Monaghan and Dixon in spurned the best chances of the half before Dixon gave Tyne the lead after ten minutes. The second half was much the same story, Tyne Port dominant in possession but unable to kill off their opponents. Malcolm Harvey in goal was rarely troubled, although Slipway were uncomfortably close to grabbing an equaliser. Tyne Ports pressure was eventually rewarded as Dixon wrapped it up with five minutes left to ease the tension. A good overall performance, but only against five men. In the next game against Crown Electrics we cant afford to be as wasteful with our chances.

22nd May 2001

Select Champions.

Royal Mail out of the Relegation Zone

A comprehensive 4-0 win with all the goals coming from John Cairns confirmed the Title to Select. The team seems not too different from the successful Sporting Redhouse team from Season 1 and 2, with Cairns, Wilson, Blakey and Sangha along with influential players such as Williams and Lawton. Ironically the 4-0 win came against Darren Duggan's Sporting Redhouse team who seem to be in freefall now as they enter into the Relegation Zone. Herrenknecht's re-entry in the drop zone should be inevitable. An inept performance against Royal Mail resulted in a 5-0 win which saw Langan storm off the pitch near the end of the game against his old team. A dubious penalty decision gave Royal a 1-0 lead, but overall they were by far the superior team. The win takes Royal clear out of the Relegation Zone and it seems likely that they won't drop back in there. Tyne Port are still in the Relegation Zone after a spirited 1-1 draw against Crown Electrics. Newly signed Malcolm Harvey pulled off some exceptional saves to keep his teams' hopes alive as Chris Scott grabbed the equaliser. Bassenthwaite nearly came unstuck against JJB Sports. Alan Burn (inevitably) fired JJB's ahead until late on in the game when 3 goals from Bass.
Tyne Port 1 Crown Electrics 1
Official Man of the Match John Wardle (Crown Electrics)
Match Report by Chris Dixon (Tyne Port)

Another good result for Tyne Port who seem to have their season back on track after a poor run of form. Although Crown had most of the possession, Tyne impressed for short spells, and could have snatched victory had chances gone our way. First half possession was evenly balanced. Monaghan struck the bar with the keeper beaten, and Dixon narrowly missed after some excellent build up play, but it was Crown who took the lead when a snap shot beat an unsighted Harvey in goal. A second half change saw McLaren replaced by Cook to give Tyne more attacking options, and it soon paid dividends. Chris Scott turned on the style with an excellent equaliser, bringing the ball through midfield and beating his man before driving a left foot shot into the far corner. Crown put Tyne under pressure in the closing stages, but some good team defending restricted the chances on goal, with Harvey equal to every effort. Although Tyne could have even stolen victory with some good spells of possession, a draw was probably a fair result. Royal Mail Sunderland 5 Herrenknecht 0
Official Man of the Match Alan Lawson (Royal Mail)
Match Report by Davinder Sangha (Herrenknecht)

A complete disaster. From Ronny Alcock's very dubious penalty to my ridiculous limp wrist back heel to Langan storming off amidst Royal Mail's jeers. The team really just wasn't there. Apart from Duff and Ridley, no one was interested. Personally I think I should never be allowed to kick a ball in anger after this display. Poor Gilby turned up and was drafted in at the last minute. Garrett made some exceptional saves, but as yet again was let down by his team. We didn't really have any chances in the game and failed to string hardly any passes together. It started different though. We soon began to attack after an initial Royal Mail onslaught and had a few pops at goal¦only to see Ronny Alcock kill us off with a penalty that never was (we caught it on camera).Duff under no pressure from Royal Mail saw the ball roll along the box, he told Garrett to leave it as it was coming out of the other side¦still under no pressure from any Royal Mail player, Duff collected the ball when it came out of the area and was penalised by Ronny who was standing just inside the halfway line¦
The game was dead and buried when the second goal went in. Royal were by far superior to us and we shouldn't have any complaints. Langan and I had an argument after a second back heel (which went wrong) and then he stormed off¦.Typical Herrenknecht. The only consolation is that we gain 3 points against Tyne Port next week.

29th May 2001

Herrenknecht suffer a major blow.

Royal Mail, Sporting and Tyne Port gain positive results.

Division 1 saw a third consecutive defeat for Herrenknecht. Despite playing reasonably well, the chances were squandered and Phil McNerney, playing his first game since being injured against Select back in February bagged two goals. It would take a disastrous slide from the teams above Herrenknecht for them not to be Relegated. Royal Mail overturned a 3-2 defeat from Bassenthwaite to win the second encounter 1-0. David Pringle scored a fine long range effort in the first half to seal the points. Crown and Sporting battled it out to a 2-2 draw. It seems the new Sporting team probably will stay up having a huge squad and some excellent players to choose from. Finally, and inevitably, Champions, Select, battered JJB Sports 5-1. Alan Burn scored JJB's goal, but two goals from Cairns puts him ahead of Jackson in the Goal scoring charts. Tyne Port 2 Herrenknecht 1
Official Man of the Match Ed Cook (Tyne Port)
Match Report by Chris Dixon (Tyne Port)

The Sky Sports cameras were out at Downhill once again with games running out at the foot of the table. After finishing in 3rd and 4th place respectively last season, both sides were expected to do well again, so it is a surprise to some to see both sides struggling at the wrong end of the table. This is a reflection of the growing competitiveness and high standard of football in the league.
Tyne were on a decent run of form after a win against Slipway and a hard fought draw against Crown, while Herrenknecht were out seeking revenge after their crushing defeat by Royal Mail last week. The two sides were fairly evenly matched, albeit with contrasting styles of play. Herrenknecht's attack minded side, with Sangha the lone defender, retained possession well but struggled to produce clear chances, while Tyne soaked up the pressure and broke on the counter-attack through Scott, Dixon and McNerney.
Herrenknecht had a full strength side out, as did Tyne, albeit somewhat changed from last week. Phil McNerney replaced the injured Monaghan to bolster the Tyne Port attack after a long absence, while Cook returned in goal for the absent Malcolm Harvey.
Herrenknecht made the early running but could not break down a well marshalled Tyne Port defence. Tyne struggled to retain possession, but eventually took the lead through McNerney with a well taken goal. Dixon should have doubled the lead soon after but failed to hit the target from two good chances. Tyne were pegged back by as Dixon allowed Robson to get behind him and slide home an easy goal.
Honours even at half time, the game really came to life in the second half as chance after chance were created at both ends. That man McNerney restored the lead for Tyne with almost a carbon copy of the first goal as he shot home from a tight angle.
Stalwarts McLaren and Ross defended heroically for Tyne, as Herrenknecht threw everything into attack, but the goal wouldn't come. Sangha marshalled Herrenknecht's back line well to deny Scott, Dixon and McNerney on the counter, while superman Cook summoned up the spirit of Monty to pull of one of the best double saves I've ever seen to deny Langan with an unbelievable finger-tip onto the crossbar.
In the dying seconds of the game I tried my best on candid camera to eclipse Sangha's back heel from last week. Facing Garrett in a one on one, I took the ball onto my right for a simple finish. After side footing the ball wide of an open goal, even Chris Exley took the p**s. Edit that one out Tanj¦
2-1 to Tyne Port the final score, credit goes to both goalkeepers who were simply outstanding. Hard to stomach for Herrenknecht, as they played well and deserved something out of the game, but I'll gladly take the three points¦
œAgreed, shows we were a bit unlucky as Ed was Man of the Match¦ Davinder Sangha

5th June 2001

Slipway and Durham in a 9 goal thriller.

Bassenthwaite lose again.

Bassenthwaite continued on their bad run of form with a resounding 3-1 defeat off Crown Electrics - an exact reverse of the first game with them. Royal Mail also trounced Sporting Redhouse 3-0 as they push closer to safety. How things have changed from the start of the season when they were regularly getting annihilated by some teams " what a turnaround, and with just about the same players. However, the most remarkable result of the night was a 5-4 win for Slipway over Durham. Both teams were returning after long absences and both had large squads to choose from. Slipway were leading heavily at one stage only to be pegged back.

12th June 2001

No show for Durham puts them in danger.

Crown fail to cement 2nd Place.

Chris Dixon came off the bench to score 2 goals as Tyne Port moved further into safety with a 2-1 win. That result still leaves Crown in 2nd as they complete a successful season after finishing 7th in Season 2. JJB Sports have one more game left for the opportunity of winning a game. Despite playing well, they've failed to win a single game this season " the same thing happened in the game against Sporting Redhouse. A solitary goal by substitute Derek Newton settled the issue. Select also have one more game left after a fine 4-2 win over a rapidly dissipating Bassenthwaite team. Haldane's men were leading at one stage but failed to take advantage of the situation as Select were only playing with 5 players. For the first time ever the League was forced to award points as Durham failed to show for their encounter against Royal Mail. Normally the game is re-scheduled, but with time and slots running out it was decided to award the points. The result means Royal are safe and could finish 2nd, but Durham probably need 2 points to be sure of safety. Tyne Port 2 Crown Electrics 1
Official Man of the Match Gary Rolls (Crown Electrics)
Match Report by Chris Dixon (Tyne Port)

Our survival hopes were given a huge boost with a good win over Crown. Although it wasn't a vintage performance by any means, the determined team effort was good enough to grab the three points. The first half was a bit of a cat and mouse game as neither side could break down the opposition defence, despite playing some good football. Crown took the lead early in the second half after the Tyne defence was breached, but were pegged back when an unexpected penalty decision allowed Dixon to equalise. Shortly afterwards Dixon put his side in front, scoring direct from a corner kick to make it 2-1. Although Crown pressed forward in search of the equaliser, the final score remained. A massive result for us especially as we still have games in hand over other teams. Not safe yet but if we continue our good run we could end up with a top half finish.
-Cometh the occasion cometh the man, at 1 - 0 down it looked all over for inconsistent Tyne Port. But after half time Chris Dixon came on to replace Tom Monaghan (returning from injury) and make an instant impression on the game. I'm not saying it was suddenly all plain sailing but after Dixon stepped up to tuck away a hotly disputed penalty the game became finely balanced. Now at this point Tyne Port began to defend slightly better and even though chances were still very few and far between Messrs Cook and McNerney began to grow in confidence. Then came what must have been a crushing blow for the impressive Crown Electrics team, a shot from a corner. It seems to be a Tyne Port thing, under the cosh, nothing to lose, take a pot shot from the corner flag and keep your fingers crossed. So there it was, a Dixon brace in the most unlikely or circumstances. What can I say? Sorry lads, but you don't have a Chris Dixon.-

19th June 2001

Herrenknecht's destiny in their own hands.

Slipway defeat leaves them looking at other results.

Herrenknecht finally woke up in their best performance this season by far. Drastic changes were made after three defeats in a row. Sangha was relegated to the subs bench while Corby made a return in midfield. Duff and Ridley were defending and Gordon Robson was attacking. Anth Langan was given a free role, which he excelled in as he fired in a hat-trick. Robson added two and Corby scored the other as Durham were pulverised. Leading 3-0 at half time, Herrenknecht have given themselves a fighting chance to remain in Division 1. With Slipway losing 4-1 to Royal Mail in a nasty affair, Herrenknecht have to win their last game and they will stay up. Problem is, it's against Select, who are unbeaten since Day 1 of Season 3. But it's a different Select team. With John Hunt temporarily in charge until the end of the season " there's no Wilson, no Blakey and no Sangha¦.Herrenknecht will never have a better opportunity.
Tyne Port had two games in one night but cruised to victories in both. Ed Cook was injured badly in the first encounter, a 2-1 win over Sporting. McNerney inspired the team as he was clearly a perceived threat to Sporting, who still couldn't stop him. Sporting now have to win against Durham. If they do, they stay up. Durham only need a draw to maintain Division 1 status.
Tyne Port's second game saw JJB's complete a miserable campaign. They're the only team to not win a game this season as they were trounced 3-0. Alan Burn's squad have a lot of thinking to do for Season 4, as it appears that Division 2 will not be as easy as it seems. With Toddy's returning and two of Sporting, Durham, Herrenknecht or Slipway being there alongside new teams Castletown and (To be confirmed) Pennywell Community Business, the Division has become instantly more competitive.
Tyne Port 2 Sporting Redhouse 1
Official Man of the Match Nicky Pemberton (Sporting)
Match Report by Chris œWorzel Dixon (Tyne Port)

A game both sides needed to win was a tight and tense affair. Sporting had more of the possession but Tyne always looked dangerous with the front running of Monaghan and McNerney. The first half was finely balanced as both sides struggled to make the breakthrough, before McNerney gave Tyne the advantage with a smartly taken goal. A similar pattern of play developed in the second half, but the game started to open up as Sporting pressed for the equaliser. A counter attack saw Cook double the lead for Tyne with a superb strike, after a well timed run from defence. This seemed to spur on Sporting, who replied instantly with a well taken goal to make the scoreline 2-1. Despite attacks at both ends, the game finished 2-1 as neither side could convert their chances. The victory was marred by a bad injury to Ed Cook five minutes from time, which looks like keeping him out of action for a couple of months. The result was an excellent boost for Tyne to confirm Division 1 status, after relegation had seemed a distinct possibility. Herrenknecht 6 Durham 1
Official Man of the Match Gordon Robson (Herrenknecht)
Match Report by Davinder Sangha (Herrenknecht)

Revenge is sweet. Last time a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Durham deadened a hopeful re-emergence for Herrenknecht. From the line up that day, Garrett, Sangha, Sinnott, Robson, Smith, Francis and Wilson on the bench: only Chris Garrett and Gordon Robson remained. Herrenknecht had to win. A loss or a draw would have condemned them to Division 2. Neil Richardson and Royal Mail gave Herrenknecht the initiative after Richardson scored all 4 against the Slipway in a 4-1 win. That meant Slipway's destiny depended on other results and Herrenknecht could now go for 3 points to make sure they faced Select in the last game with the opportunity to win to stay up.
But first, Durham¦.
Cruising at half time by 3 goals to 0, wasn't a surprise considering the performance. Herrenknecht should have scored more, and that they did. Another 3 in the second half with only 1 reply saw Herrenknecht boosted with morale for the final day showdown with the enemy Select and John Hunt. So many rivalries in that game. John Hunt was ex-Herrenknecht, now vilified and heavily criticised, he seems to want to soldier on with Select, despite being the obvious scapegoat. Williams and Cairns were playing alongside Duff and Corby before an embarrassing 2-0 defeat from Durham on the opening day shifted Cairns and Williams to Select. Even Davison, the one true great player in the Select team had a stint in goal for Herrenknecht. A note to make: this was Herrenknecht's first win over Durham. A draw in Season 1 and 2 was followed with two defeats (one friendly defeat). It looks awkward for Durham, despite mini revival which saw them look safe, a defeat off Sporting on the last day could see them Relegated¦what a turnaround from the opening days. Tyne Port 3 JJB Sports 0
Official Man of the Match Phil McNerney (Tyne Port)
Match Report by Chris œWolfman Dixon (Tyne Port)

The result against Sporting allowed Tyne to play a more composed game against JJBs. Phil McNerney stole the show, firing in a deserved hat-trick as the team looked to attack at every opportunity. Tyne were guilty of missing a host of clear-cut chances - Dixon and Monaghan the main culprits - as well as being denied by some excellent goalkeeping. JJBs to be fair were unlucky not to score as they pushed forward in numbers, but just didn't have that bit of luck. The last game sees Tyne Port take on Royal Mail in a repeat of the cup final. Both teams are on a good run of form and will be looking to end the season in style.

26th June 2001

Herrenknecht save themselves.

Slipway and Sporting Relegated. Royal Mail 2nd.

A brilliant 4-3 win secured Division 1 football for a talented Herrenknecht team. They were leading 2-0 at one stage only to be pegged back and then had to chase the game as they were losing 3-2. Select, tactically were inexplicably naïve " pushing forward at every opportunity. A non descript defence leaked another goal with minutes remaining to level the game. Then Steve Ridley fired in the winner for Herrenknecht, his first ever goal. Royal Mail, dead and buried at the start of the Season secured 2nd Place with a solid win over Tyne Port. At one stage Tyne were leading 2-1. Only a last minute winner from Dave Pringle secured 2nd Place for Royal. Durham (known as Hendon Taxis next Season), also secured top flight football. A tough match against Sporting ended 3-2 for Durham. Durham only needed a point to stay up. The results mean that Slipway and Sporting join JJB Sports in Division 2 " a Division which is looking exceptionally strong.


P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1
Select
18
14
2
2
67
25
42
44
2
Royal Mail Sunderland
18
11
0
7
38
31
7
33
3
Crown Electrics
18
9
4
5
38
26
12
31
4
Tyne Port
18
8
4
6
36
29
7
28
5
Bassenthwaite
18
9
0
9
45
48
-3
27
6
Durham Pine
18
8
2
8
36
39
-3
26
7
Herrenknecht
18
8
0
10
38
42
-4
24
8
Slipway
18
7
2
9
32
37
-5
23
9
Sporting Redhouse
18
6
3
9
32
35
-3
21
10
JJB Sports
18
0
3
15
18
68
-50
3

14th November 2000

Team Coulson lead the pack.

Harrison's last gasp equaliser. Sex & Chocolate in cruise control

Redhouse WMC 1 CDS Security 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Mick Lovstad (Redhouse WMC)
By Scott Wright (Redhouse WMC)
This was a game that Redhouse dominated from start to finish, Scott Harrison, Stewart Wright, and Mickey Lovstad all hitting the post. CDS took the lead In the second half with their 1st shot of the game. Redhouse kept on piling the pressure, and eventually Scott Harrison scored with the last kick of the game. At the final whistle I had counted over 20 Redhouse shots on target, and About 15 shots wide for Redhouse. My man of the match was Marc Foster, for his excellent defending, keeping CDS to only 2 shots on target all game.

Sex & Chocolate 3 Kail & Co. 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: Samir Selimovic (S & C)
S & C, with a depleted squad, cruised into a two goal lead without really breaking sweat. Kail were highly rated after successfully negotiating some awkward pre-season games, but Sex & Chocolate had the big game experience. Man-of-the-Match, Selimovic was making his debut for S & C, but other players such as Gourlay, Morris, Wray, Betram and emergency one week signing Davinder Sangha (in goal) all had big game experience. The final score of 3-0 was a fair reflection on a game which began to turn slightly nasty as the challenges made were predominantly late.

Team Coulson 8 University of Sunderland 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Kevin Barke (University)
By Jordan Ford (University)

The University team went one up and seemed to be holding their own until conceding 3 goals in the last 5 minutes of the first period. In the second half team Coulson were impressive and dominated up front. There were too many mistakes by the University which Coulsons took full advantage of. we also felt hard done by with one particular penalty decision, but still, there's no excuse for the disappointing performance. The lads were disappointed but feel that with time we should settle down and start to pick up points. However certain changes may be needed. One positive thing to come out of the game was Kevin Barke's performance in goal. he was outstanding.

21st November 2000

Walker heads the Goalscoring list.

Selimovic ever impressive.

Lance Roberts 2 CDS Security 2
Official Man-of-the-Match: Shaun Hope (CDS)
A second consecutive draw for CDS who could consider themselves unlucky having conceded two deflected goals. Lance Roberts played reasonably well and would consider the draw a fair result

Sex & Chocolate 5 Redhouse WMC 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: David Gourlay (S & C)

S&C cruised to victory in this encounter against Redhouse WMC. Whilst Redhouse had the players who can produce the goods in Division 2, they were no match for the intricate S&C. The lightning skills of Selimovic and Gourlay immediately showed up Redhouse's lack of pace and sauntered into an easy lead. Although Redhouse strung together good passing movements, they could not break down a solid S&C defence, only creating three slim chances during the game. As well as four goals from Selimovic and one from Gourlay, S&C are now the only team not to have conceded a goal during a game

Team Coulson 7 Kail Engineering 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: Barry Lambert (Team Coulson)

The ever impressive Coulson keep marching on. Seven goals for Walker in a superb onslaught left the remaining teams in the League without and doubts as to who the team to match were. Kail struggled but must take heart from the fact that they have played the two strongest teams in the League in their opening games.

5th December 2000 Cup Games and League Games

Kail win to go through.

Redhouse WMC's Andy Stevenson, despite heroics, fails to prevent them from being knocked out.


Durham Pine 2 Redhouse WMC 1 (CUP)
Official Man-of-the-Match: Paul Richardson (Durham Pine)
Durham made sure that they were well in control of their League and Cup form with a fine 2-1 win over Redhouse WMC. The 2-1 scoreline did not reflect Durham's dominance. Paul Richardson, in particular, had an excellent game which resulted in his second Man-of-the-Match award. Durham, this Season look likely to be a major contender for the League and the Cup. Durham have always had a solid team but essentially lacked flair in attack where the main problems seem to be. But this Season, Paul Richardson has solved the flair and helped contribute to the goalscoring along with Brian Gettins who has developed after two Seasons into an impressive forward.

Cup Round 1
Kail Engineering 3 University of Sunderland 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Andy Patrick (University)


Kail celebrated their first win of the Season in this Cup encounter. University were disappointing as they suffered yet another defeat. Lack of planning seems to be an inherent problems with the œlaid back University team. What they really require is strong leadership and players who are there for the cause rather than just another Tuesday kickabout.

Team Coulson 3 Lance Roberts 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Mark Kelsey (Team Coulson)

By the time Lance Roberts scored their only goal of the game, Trevor Walker should have put Coulson about four goals ahead. At only 2-1 Team Coulson looked nervous as Lance Roberts managed to match them for aggression. A major problem for Team Coulson could be their discipline. Russell Coulson was sent off for Violent Conduct as his team were leading 3-1. The result keeps them head to head with Sex & Chocolate and ironically both the current top teams face each other in the next round of the cup. Without a doubt, it appears that the team is a one man force with Trevor Walker but then again they would do well without him in the team ¦in Division 1. Walker seems guaranteed the Golden Boot and Coulson are very unlikely not to finish in the top two. Their encounters against Sex & Chocolate are to be highly charged and very interesting.

9th January 2001

Sex & Chocolate hit the Top Spot.

Stalemate in a dour encounter between Toddy's and Kail.

The draw lifts Toddy's into 3rd place. A revamped University managed to scrape a 1-0 win past an impressive Fergusons Transport, who, despite dominating, failed to take advantage. Despite the narrow defeat, Daniel Nixon, from Fergusons, was voted man-of-the-match. Finally Sex & Chocolate hit the top spot with a fine and easy 3-0 win over a weakened CDS Security. A below par performance from S & C who knew they were going to win and began to take it a little too easy.

16th January 2001

Coulson and S & C neck and neck.

Lance Roberts move into Third Place.

Lance Roberts 4 University of Sunderland 2
Official Man-of-the-Match: Neil Middlemiss (Lance)
Match Report by Michael Booth (University)
University were on the back foot from the very first whistle with Lance Roberts having the early possession and testing goalkeeper David Watson on his University debut. Against the run of play University took a shock lead with Michael Booth laying the ball wide for Lee Breheny to thrash home his second goal in 2 games. The lead didn't last for long as Lance Roberts soon equalised and then went 2-1 up after David Watson was alleged to have stepped out of his box. The penalty was slotted home but was ordered to be re-taken as the whistle hadn't gone, just like the 1st attempt there was no mistake. University were struggling at this point and finding it difficult to spring a couple of passes together which resulted in Lance Roberts increasing their lead. In the second half University stepped up a gear to try and pull back the deficit, Lance Roberts were pegged back in their half as University surged forward, eventually the pressure paid off and University pulled a goal back after a through ball by Michael Smillie to Lee Breheny to secure his 2nd goal of the game. University were full of confidence at this point believing they had a chance of levelling the match at 3-3. Lance Roberts had different ideas and managed to score a 4th goal to kill the game off after disappointing defending by the University back two. Overall a disappointing result from University, who will be trying to rectify this in their next match against Fergusons.

30th January 2001

Tactical chaos leaves Toddy's in the Play-Offs.

Comprehensive wins for Coulson and Sex & Chocolate almost guarantee promotion.


Team Coulson 5 Toddy's 2
Official Man-of-the-Match: Christian Baines (Toddy's)

A note from the League Secretary. A true disaster for an excellent Toddy's football team which was swept away by an inferior but more focused Team Coulson team. For once, influential Manager Billy Harper's tactics have to be questioned. Playing a completely inadequate 'keeper in place of Dave Arnott and also subbing Christian Baines in his debut - a game where he was desperate to impress...Toddy's now have to maintain their form and wait for the Play-offs and a warning for all teams: you cannot play substandard players in different positions in a League where one player can make the difference.

Kail & Co. 2 Redhouse WMC 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Scott Harrison (Redhouse WMC)


Kail & Co. minus George Hanson played in an even game against Redhouse WMC. Kail won mainly due to two horrendous errors by the normally reliable Andy Stevenson. Ironically Redhouse WMC had their strongest team so far in this crucial game. The highly rated Paul Lovstad, Stewart Wright, Marc Foster and Scott Harrison along with Mick Lovstad made this a team to contend with.

6th February 2001

Team Coulson begin building for Division 1.

A second win over S & C leaves them thinking ahead. Redhouse WMC celebrate their first win.

Team Coulson 3 Sex & Chocolate 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Gavin Wilson (Team Coulson)
By Tarnjit Sangha (Select).

What was expected to be an explosive game between the best two in Division 2 rather turned out to be a one sided affair, with Team Coulson dominating proceedings. Full congratulations must be given to Referee Michael Frater for laying down the law to both sets of players before the game concerning their conduct in relation to the Cup game of a few weeks earlier. As for the game itself, Team Coulson Manager Daniel Coulson introduced two new players to the fold. In came Gavin Wilson newly signed from Herrenknecht, while Jason Amour was brought in from Select. Barry Lambert and Sean Hodgson were missing through injury, and Russell Coulson was starting a four-week ban. Both teams played some delightful football during the first half with Dave Gourlay and Samir Selimovic as always pulling the strings for S & C. For Team Coulson, it was the inevitable Trevor Walker who was proving yet again to be the main threat. Team Coulson dictated the game as general, and it was only in the last five minutes when S & C seemed to show signs of possibly getting back into the match. However two goals by Trevor Walker and one by the improving Mark Kelsey were enough to give Team Coulson a 3-1 victory. Team Coulson are now absolute certainties for promotion. With this victory they also seem odds on to be crowned Division 2 Champions. The signings of Jason Amour and in particular Gavin Wilson are a true sign that Manager Daniel Coulson is already showing signs of making key improvements to his squad, when his team come up against the best next season. As for Sex & Chocolate, they now need to put this result behind them and make sure they keep a good distance between them and third place. Any lapse in concentration may prove to be crucial when the second automatic promotion slot is decided.

Fergusons Transport 2 University
Official Man-of-the-Match: Dave Watson (University)
By Michael Booth (University)

New Signings Paul Mitchell transferred from Herrenknecht and George Hanson from fellow Division 2 team Kail Engineering started this match. University got off to the worst possible as Ferguson's took the lead after only one minute, a through ball that sailed over Michael Smillie's head into the path off David Nixon to thrash past David Watson in the University goal. You could tell that the confidence was low in the University camp and it was summed up when Neil Pilkington took centre and played it back towards defence, but there was a misunderstanding and the ball trickled back to the keeper. University found it difficult to cope with the attacking threat of Nixon who tested the University goalkeeper on several occasions. Shortly after Ferguson increased their lead to 2-0 and really there was no way back for University who were hanging on for their lives at 1-0. To be fair University never give up and started to come back into the game towards the end but still rarely tested the Ferguson Goalkeeper. A very disappointing result which leaves University rooted to the foot of the league due to their large negative goal difference and facing a tough game against promotion favourites Sex and Chocolate next week.

13th February 2001

Team Coulson could be banned.

A disgraceful performance could lead to Team Coulson being ejected from the League (By Durham FA).


Team Coulson 4 BHD Windows 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: Trevor Walker (Team Coulson)
By Davinder Sangha (League Secretary)

A disgraceful " but unsurprising " performance by Mark Kelsey led to him being sent off. This has serious implications for Team Coulson. A ban and a heavy fine must be paid to Durham FA (when received). If the fine is not paid " which seems likely " then the team (and it's players) will be banned until the fine is paid. This will result in Team Coulson being removed from the records as if they did not exist. The top one in Division 1 will go up and the remaining 4 will play off. This will mean the bottom two " not three will be Relegated from Division 1. Hopefully this will not come about. But all the previous performances in regards to discipline will come under scrutiny from Durham FA.

Sex & Chocolate 3 University 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: Dave Gourlay (Sex & Chocolate)
By Dave Gourlay (Sex & Chocolate)

This was a game that was dominated by S & C & to be fair flattered University. Although University had the desire there was always going to be one winner. University were lucky to go in at half time 0 - 0 after S & C wasted good chances (at times) & the goalkeeper made some outstanding saves.
Soon after the second half the first goal came, Daykin tracking back superbly to intercept a counter attack & play the ball to Selimovic who then played a first time ball to Gourlay who hit a sweet shot 1st time & giving the keeper no chance, 1- 0. Goal number two was a lucky one from Gourlay having tucked the ball under the keeper, University would have been disappointed in the manner of the goal. Shortly after goal number three came & Gourlay's hatrick. Not an excellent finish but however I will take the megs. Final score S & C 3 University 0

20th February 2001

CDS celebrate an extraordinary win.

Solid Coulson win again. ALS beaten off close rivals Sex & Chocolate.

Fergusons Transport 4 Toddy's 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Stephen Hall (Fergusons Transport)
By Ian Stronach (Fergusons Transport)

An excellent all round performance from Fergusons, Toddy's couldn't cope with the constant attacks from Fergusons. At half time it was a surprise the scores were level at 1-1. That all changed in the second half as Fergusons pushed harder and got their rewards when a move started at the back and after 15 telling passes resulted in an excellent finish by Danny Nixon. This opened the flood gates and Fergusons scored a further two goals and were disappointed not to have scored another 4 by the final whistle.

6th March 2001

Fergusons look like the best Play-Off hope.

Coulson could end up with a 100% record. Sex & Chocolates' surprise defeat.

Fergusons Transport 2 ALS 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Ian Stronach (Fergusons Transport)
By Ian Stronach (Fergusons Transport)

A very good and even game despite the conditions. ALS began very well and within 2 minutes took the lead with a strange goal, a miskicked left foot shot from the ALS striker rolled across the goal area, the keeper left it to roll out and the wind blew it in the net! Fergusons then responded and began to attack the ALS goal creating many chances but to no avail. Just before half time Fergusons attacked down the left wing, the ball was then played into the centre and picked up by Ian Stronach who was quickly closed down by the ALS defence, seeing a gap in this defence allowed a controlled shot on target with the keeper unsighted the ball settled in the bottom right corner of the goal. The second half began with both teams going hard for the win with chances for each side. Another good attack from Fergusons down the wing allowed Danny Nixon to cross to Peter Stronach who controlled the ball and hit a hard low drive into the net which the keeper could not hold. Despite ALS creating some good chances before the end Fergusons managed to hold on for a good victory.

13th March 2001

Fergusons move into Third.

A gap is developing in the Play-Off Zone

Fergusons Transport 3 Redhouse WMC 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Peter Stronach (Fergusons Transport)
By Ian Stronach (Fergusons Transport)

A comfortable win for Fergusons who looked capable of scoring on each attack. That being said Redhouse could and should have scored at least twice during the game. Fergusons passing and movement off the ball was always difficult to defend against and this showed when two goals were scored after starting outside their own area, passing between each other and with clinical finishing sealed the game. The third was an unstoppable 18 yard free kick from Danny Nixon which put the game beyond Redhouse and left them cursing their missed chances.

20th March 2001

ALS condemn Toddy's to yet another defeat

University come out on top in a bad tempered affair.

Division 2 saw the outstanding Team Coulson notch up their 11th straight league victory as they overcame the awkward challenge of in form Ferguson's. As has been the case in many games this season, Trevor Walker remained the major difference between the two sides. However, even in defeat, Ferguson's showed enough skill and flair to all but guarantee one of the four play-off berths that are available. Hot favourites to join them in the play-offs will be Lance Roberts, who condemned Redhouse WMC to a 2-1 defeat. S &C look hot favourites to follow Team Coulson via second spot into Division 1 following their comprehensive 5-0 demolition of BHD Windows. University maintained their play-off challenge with an excellent 1-0 victory over Kail, a special mention to the outstanding defensive performance of Paul Mitchell for the University team. Also the killer pass which led to the only goal was made by the vilified, ex Kail Manager, George Hanson who was hounded out of the Kail team at the start of the Season. Finally, a much changed Toddy's fell to their fourth straight defeat as they went down 1-0 to ALS. Time is running out for Billy Harpers team if they want to make sure of one of the play-off spots.

27th March 2001

University pull off an amazing result.

Sex & Chocolate suffer a surprise defeat.

Quarter Final
BHD Windows 5 Kail & Co. Ltd. 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: Tommy Wilkinson (BHD Windows)
Match Report by John Nicholson (BHD
)
An excellent game, played in good spirit after the last farce that was abandoned due to blizzard conditions. The weather was only marginally better for this cup replay. BHD, playing with a new starting line up, began the game by dominating the play. Tommy Wilkinson scored the opener from an acute angle to beat Kail's goalkeeper at the near-post. The opposition goalkeeper was the busiest player on the pitch, but BHD could not get past him until Maughan stole in from the midfield to slot the ball past the stranded goalkeeper. In the second half, Darren Campion was brought on in place of Bobby Hammall to give BHD more attacking options, with Tommy Wilko dropping into a role of attacking defender. This change paid dividends as both Maughan and Campion both scored goals through leaving the Kail defence flat-footed. However, due to too many players pushing forward, at times it left the keeper to cope with several one-on-one situations with the Kail forward. Then in the dying minutes Kail gave away a free kick on the edge of the penalty area due to a headed back-pass. While the Kail players were trying to organise the wall and protesting with the ref, up stepped Troy Watson who calmly placed the ball on the ground and rolled it into the back of the net. If Don Hutchinson can get away with it why couldn't BHD? The ref blew the whistle and pointed to the centre spot. The goal stood, much to the dismay of the opposition. Final score 5-0 to BHD.

Quarter Final
Royal Mail Sunderland 3 Lance Roberts 3
Official Man-of-the-Match: Neil Middlemiss (Lance Roberts)
Match Report By Jamie Fleming (Royal Mail)
Hero of the day was Dave McGrath by saving two penalties in the shoot out in a match played in horrendous conditions. 3-1 down with 5 minutes remaining Royal Mail made a tremendous comeback to win on penalties.

3rd April 2001

Toddy's transfer coup.

Langan and Duff pull Toddy's out of obscurity.

BHD Windows 2 Kail & Co. Ltd. 0
Official Man-of-the-Match: Ian Lowther (Kail & Co.)
Match Report by John Nicholson (BHD)

much improved Kail team made it a tighter game than the previous weeks encounter. BHD piled on the pressure in the first half with the BHD goalkeeper being a virtual bystander. Chances galore were squandered by both Tommy Wilko and Troy Watson, until a free kick was given three yards outside the Kail penalty area. Troy Watson stepped up to take the kick and drilled it straight through the wall and into the back of the net. The first half ended 1-0 to BHD but it could and should have been more if not for some brilliant stops from the Kail goalkeeper who in effect kept them in the game. Kail started the second half with a greater will but the defence and goalkeeper kept them at bay as Tommy Wilko and John Maughan tracked back to help out. The second goal came out of nothing as BHD, aiming to increase their lead, pressed forward only to be pegged back. Maughan picked up the ball in midfield passed to Troy for a one-two for Maughan to the pass 3 players and blast it into the roof of the net. With the extra confidence growing, BHD pressed forward, much to the dismay of their manager and yet again Kail broke through the defence several time only to be denied in one-on-one situations with the goalkeeper. Final score 2-0.

10th April 2001

Brilliant Redhouse WMC shatter Toddy's

Langan unable to make the difference.

Redhouse WMC 2 Toddy's 1
Official Man-of-the-Match: Stewart Wright (Redhouse WMC)

In Division 2, it seems as if the major signing of Langan hasn't gone too well. A resurgent Redhouse WMC defeated them 2-1, this despite Christian Baines opening the scoring. Stewart Wright hit 2 goals for Redhouse to put them in the Play-Off reckoning with a 3 point cushion over ALS

17th April 2001

Redhouse WMC continue their run.

A 2-0 win over University sees them in the Play-Off Zone.

Any hope of a 2nd place finish for Lance was all but destroyed with Team Coulson firing in 5 goals to their 1. The irony is that Lance had several good chances and dominated the possession in the first 3rd of the game but failed to finish. Trevor Walker duly punished them with some superb counterattacking goals. CDS moved further up the table with a fine 3-1 win over Fergusons, who, despite at one stage appeared to be the best team in the Play-Offs in Division 2, now seem to be in a bit of a decline. University, playing two games back-to-back suffered two defeats, which didn't help their Play-Off hopes. A soft opening goal from Mick Lovstad led to an eventual defeat by 2-0. The second was a game v Kail & Co. which ended in a 1-0 defeat " a reverse of their previous encounter.

24th April 2001

University's amazing result - again.

2 heavy defeats in two weeks leaves Lance in the Play-Offs.

Division 2's surprise result was a resounding 4-1 win for University over Lance Roberts. Pilkington and Hanson shared the goals in a crucial win for Uni after two defeats. Walker was on the end of the majority of Team Coulson's opportunity in a 5-1 win over ALS. It's only a matter of time before Coulson are confirmed as promoted. The final game in Division 2 saw Kail beat CDS 3-1. An excellent result for Kail who are now unbeaten in two games and are just outside the Play-Off Zone on Goal Difference. Rob Schonewald was yellow carded in a highly competitive match. CDS were close to the Play-Off Zone and would have been in had they won.

1st May 2001

Danny Coulson: Champions!

No one can catch them for the Championship

Well done to Team Coulson for an unbelievable race to Division 1 Status. Danny Coulson is crowned a Champion again. A Double Winner in Season 1 with Sporting, his team took on University and narrowly won 1-0 with an inevitable Trevor Walker goal. The win combined with BHD, Ferguson's and Toddy's being removed from the League means that they are unreachable. Technically, Sex & Chocolate can still win the League. All they have to do is win all and score around 45 goals in their remaining games¦and hope that Team Coulson lose all their games and don't score any goals¦.highly unlikely. Another surprise result was ALS 1 Lance 1. While it seems highly improbable that Lance fail to maintain a Play-Off spot, ALS could manage it easily with several games in hand over CDS Security.

S

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1
Team Coulson
14
14
0
0
58
8
50
42
2
Sex & Chocolate
14
7
0
7
33
21
12
21
3
Lance Roberts
14
6
3
5
27
30
-3
21
4
University of Sunderland
14
5
2
7
17
25
-8
17
5
Kail & Co. Ltd
14
5
2
7
15
35
-20
17
6
Redhouse WMC
14
4
3
7
18
26
-8
15
7
CDS Security
14
3
5
6
14
26
-12
14
8
ALS
14
2
5
7
15
26
-11
11

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