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Durham Challenge Cup Final – Result

Shildon  AFC Retain the Durham Challenge Cup

Shildon AFC retained the Durham Challenge Cup after a comfortable 2 – 0 win in the final against Gateshead FC, played in front of a crowd of 618 at the Hetton Centre on Friday 3rd April 2015.

The Railwaymen have now won the competition two years running, after waiting 42 years to win it last year.

Shildon took a  firm hold early on taking the lead on 11 minutes when Ben Wood burst through and squared the ball to Mark Doninger for him to sidefoot past keeper Alex Baird.

The Railwaymen’s defence were comfortably dealing with Gateshead’s isolated attacks.

A right wing cross from Ben Wood just failed to find the head of Billy Greulich-Smith, and just before the break a Wood left foot strike was punched out by the keeper.

Half Time:  Gateshead FC  0  Shildon AFC  1

On 50 minutes it was 2 – 0 to the Railwaymen when a loose pass from Gateshead’s Dillon Morse was picked up by Ben Wood whose precise pass found Billy Greulich-Smith who hammered low into the net.

On 55 minutes Gateshead’s first real opportunity fell to No 10 Jake Orrell in the 6 yard box, but Kyle Hayes pulled off a great save. Minutes later, the same player Jake Orrell beat the off side trap and was through, but once again the Shildon keeper made a tremendous stop with his feet, injuring himself in the process.

On the hour Bobby Moore missed a good opportunity to increase the lead, before Mark Doninger’s long range strike hit the post.

On 71 minutes Gateshead were down to 10 men when No 4 Dean Briggs received his 2nd yellow card.

For Shildon both Jack Taylor and Billy Greulich-Smith fired wide, and at the other end Gateshead’s Tom Marshall’s great point blank header from 10 yards brought an equally great save from Kyle Hayes.

Final Score:  Gateshead FC  0  Shildon AFC  2

Goalscorers:  Doninger 11, Greulich-Smith 50.

Subs:  Craddock for Scroggins 46, Ellison for Brackstone 46, Rundle for Taylor 79.

Bookings: (Y) Wood 16

After the match manager Gary Forrest said “This was a good team performance. We had some good chances and maybe could have scored a few more, nevertheless we got back to what we do best, that is pass the ball about. It was a comfortable win”.


1) Hayes
2) Jamie Harwood
3) John Brackstone
4) Jack Taylor
5) Carl Jones
6) Daniel Moore
7) Sam Hodgson
8) Lee Scroggins
9) Mark Doninger
10) Ben Wood
11) Billy Greulich-Smith


12) Lee Chapman
14) Adam Rundle on for Taylor
15) Darren Craddock on for Scroggins
16) Liam Atkin
17) Marc Ellison on for Brackstone


Doninger, Greulich-Smith




ENL 1 – West Auckland Result

An Evenly Matched Affair

Shildon AFC are still 3rd in the league after an enthralling evenly matched  2 – 2 home draw against top of the league side West Auckland Town on Saturday 28th February 2015.

In front of a big crowd, Shildon nearly scored in the 1st minute when Jamie Harwood found Lee Scroggins but his shot was well blocked with his body by keeper Dan Lowson.

West scored a minute later with their first attack of the game when Lewis Galpin found ex Shildon forward Craig Ruddy, who looked suspiciously off side, for him to put the ball past keeper Kyle Hayes.

Shildon came slowly into the game  and were level on 24 minutes when Lee Scroggins found Paul Connor whose cool right footer beat keeper Lowson. Connor had the ball in the net again, but the goal was ruled off side by the assistant referee.

On 33 minutes West’s Craig Ruddy’s shot was deflected wide for a corner, then Daryll Hall headed just over the bar. Shortly after, Shildon’s keeper Kyle Hayes pulled off two great saves, the first from Alex Francis and then from Mattie Moffat, before the ball was eventually cleared off the line.

Half Time:  Shildon AFC  1  West Auckland Town  1

Early in the 2nd half it was end to end stuff but not many clear cut chances, with Mattie Moffat firing over the bar just before the hour.

Shildon went behind for the 2nd time on 71 minutes when Micky Tait fired into the area for top notch poacher Mattie Moffat to poke the ball home.

The lead was short lived as the Railwaymen were level minutes later when Paul Connor put in a brilliant cross from the right and Mark Doninger blasted a cracking goal into the roof of the next from close range.

Shildon were reduced to 10 men on 80 minutes when Sam Hodgson received his 2nd yellow card, and with the one man advantage West’s player/manager Steven Skinner send central defender Daryll Hall into the attack in the quest for the winner. But with just 3 minutes remaining this move nearly backfired on him as Shildon’s Mark Doninger crossed to the unmarked Adam Rundle, but he headed wide with the goal at his mercy.

Final Score:  Shildon AFC  2  West Auckland Town  2

Goalscorers:  Connor 24, Doninger 77.

Subs:  Richardson for Chapman 46, Rundle for Emms 75, Ellison for Wood 81.

Bookings:  (R) Hodgson 80  (Y)  Emms 75, Moore 90.

A hard fought game between two evenly matched sides. In the end a draw was a fair result. After today’s results West have been knocked off the top of the league with Guisborough taking over the top spot. They have 67 points and played 33 games. West, in 2nd place are on 66 points and played 32 games, whilst Shildon are 3rd on 63 points but have only played 29 games. The league title is still wide open.


1) Kyle Hayes
2) Jamie Harwood
3) Lee Chapman
4) Lee Scroggins
5) Darren Craddock
6) Daniel Moore
7) Mark Doninger
8) Sam Hodgson
9) Paul Connor
10) Ben Wood
11) Chris Emms


12) Adam Rundle on for Emms
14) Darren Richardson on for Chapman
15) Carl Jones
16) Marc Ellison on for Wood
17) Lewis Graham


Connor, Doninger


Yellow – Moore, Emms,

Red – Hodgson


ENL 1 – Final Score

Shildon AFC are now 4th in the League

Shildon AFC are now 4th in the league with games in hand on the teams above them after another comfortable 5 – 1 home win against Sunderland RCA on Saturday 21st February 2015.

It was all Shildon from the kick off with Billy Greulich-Smith heading over on just 7 minutes. A minute later Micky Rae only had keeper Jonathan Carmichael to beat but he fired wide.

Constant home pressure paid off on 25 minutes after good work from Ben Wood who crossed for Chris Emms to fire low into the net.

After 3 more missed chances, 2 from Lee Scroggins and 1 from Chris Emms, Shildon’s persistence paid off on 44 minutes when Ben Wood found Micky Rae who squared the ball to Chris Emms for his 2nd goal of the game.

Half Time:  Shildon AFC  2  Sunderland RCA  0

The 2nd half was a continuation of the 1st with the Railwaymen in control.

After chances by Emms, Rae, and Jones, Billy Greulich-Smith blasted home from 10 yards on 66 minutes.

Two minutes later it was 4 – 0 when Micky Rae crossed to the far post for Ben Wood to tap in.

With 12 minutes remaining Mark Doninger made it 5 – 0 when he looped the ball into the roof of the net.

On 80 minutes a sporadic RCA chance fell to Stephen Bogie, but he fired over when he could have scored, but with just 5 minutes remaining RCA’s star man No 10- Stephen Callen got a consolation goal with a long range drive through a crowd of players.

Subs:  Doninger for Rae 68, Ellison for Scroggins 76, Taylor for Hodgson 79.

After the match manager Gary Forrest said “A good team performance once again, and another 3 points and we move on to the next game”.


1) Kyle Hayes
2) Jamie Harewood
3) Lee Chapman
4) Lee Scroggins
5) Carl Jones
6) Daniel Moore
7) Chris Emms
8) Sam Hodgson
9) Michael Rae
10) Ben Wood
11) Billy Greulich-Smith


12) John Brackstone
14) Jack Taylor on for Hodgson
15) Mark Doninger on for Rae
16) Marc Ellison on for Scroggins
17) Darren Richasrdson


Chris Emms x 2 , Billy Greulich-Smith, Ben Wood, Mark Doninger


Shildon in seventh heaven

It was top versus bottom at Dean Street today, and Shildon demonstrated the gulf between the sides with a thumping 7-0 victory over Billingham Town. A brace from man-of-the-match, Lee Scroggins and from Mark Doninger and a goal each from Sam Garvie, Billy Greulich-Smith and Paul Connor comfortably swept aside Town, who have yet to register a point in this season’s campaign.

Perhaps sensing an opportunity to rest some players before Wednesday night’s vital league match against title contenders, Celtic Nation, Gary Forrest gave Greulich-Smith and Mark Stephenson a starting berth ahead of Paul Connor and Carl Jones.

While many fans arrived expecting a significant increase to the home side’s goal difference, the opening ten minutes suggested the Billingham side may prove sterner opposition, matching Shildon – as they did – in the game’s early moments. But it proved to be a false hope for the visiting fans as Shildon hadn’t yet moved through all the gears. Indeed, even in that shared opening spell, Ben Wood and Darren Richardson both spurned chances to give the Railwaymen the lead.

However, Town’s resistance could only last until the thirteenth minute when Lee Scroggins stepped in to steal a loose ball from Nathan Evans in the midfield. Striding forward uncontested, he unleashed a shot from 22 yards which curled past the last defender and the keeper for his first goal of the season.

Shildon continued to press and Scroggins almost notched his second in the 19th minute, but Javis Wiggan in the Billingham goal saved well with his feet.

It took until the half hour for Shildon to add to the scoreline. A long ball forward by Scroggins picked up pace on the slick surface. Nevertheless, the industrious Billy Greulich-Smith – as is his trademark for chasing lost causes – raced Wiggan to the ball. The keeper’s clearance cannoned off the striker who was able to steer the ball home from the narrowest of angles.

Five minutes before the break it was three. After a corner was half cleared, Ben Wood returned the ball across the box to Doninger, who controlled it superbly before passing to Darren Richardson. The ball was returned to Doninger, who flighted it to the back post. Greulich-Smith rose highest to nod the ball back across the box to the unmarked Scroggins who headed past a helpless Wiggan and doubled his season’s tally.

With the result essentially decided by the break, Mark Hudson and Darren Richardson were permitted a rest ahead of Wednesday evening, with Sam Hodgson and John Brackstone – demonstrating the strength in depth of the Shildon squad – replacing them.

The expectation of a regular rippling of the visitors’ net throughout the course of the second half was to prove as false as the initial hope of the visiting fans – at least until just twenty minutes of the match remained.

The Railwaymen continued to bear down on the Billingham goal, but reverted to last season’s profligacy as several excellent chances went begging.

It wasn’t until the 71st minute that Shildon added to the scoreline and, as if to make up for lost opportunities, the goal opened the floodgates. Billingham won a free kick, which was easily cut out. Sam Garvie took the ball from box to box, feeding Paul Connor, who had replaced Ben Wood. The ball reached Greulich-Smith who moved it on to Scroggins. Looking for his hat-trick, he let fly fly from distance. The blocked shot deflected to the feet of Garvie who seemed surprised to find himself, and two others, onside. He had time to look up and confirm the lack of a flag before stroking the ball home.

In about the same time as Garvie was given to score his goal, another three flew into the visiting net. Billingham appeared to have forgotten the danger posed by the home side and pushed high up field in a misplaced determination to pressurise the home side. Instead they left gaping holes for the speedy Garvie to run into, and he duly set about a ten minute reign of terror that increased the deficit with regularity.

However, it was Scroggins’s slide rule pass from the left that led to the fifth, leaving Doninger to tap in from six yards.

Then Garvie was released, and again fed Doninger, whose shot cannoned off the post, hit Billingham’s Jack Williams and rebounded into the net.

And moments later there was the diminutive terror again, chipping the ball onto the head of Paul Connor, who nodded home from underneath the bar to send Shildon and the delighted home support into seventh heaven. The sound of the final whistle before the infliction of any more punishment was the only hope remaining to the hapless visitors. It was the only wish they were to have fulfilled on an otherwise desperate day.

The result ensures that the Railwaymen remain at the top of the table before Celtic Nation come visiting on Wednesday night. The big-spending Carlisle outfit, managed by ex-Celtic player, Willie McStay, will be the biggest test to date of Shildon’s title credentials. A number of rested players will be fresh, and hungry, for the task.