Silksworth v Boldon October 2014

Boldon CA find themselves 5th in the Wearside League at the Christmas break, which puts them on course for their highest league finish in 10 years, when they finished 5th in the 2006/07 season.

The Villa have wrapped up 2016 in style by winning their last three league games of the year, scoring 15 and conceding just two in the process.

They now sit on 40 points, five points clear of 6th place Hartlepool FC and just one point behind 4th place Silksworth, with a game in hand to boot.

However, Boldon are in danger of being cut off from the top three teams, as they are 10 points behind 3rd and 16 points off the top two.

Even if they are cut adrift from the top three, finishing 5th or higher would still be a huge achievement for a club that has been perennially mid table in recent times and often flirted with the lower reaches of the table.

Boldon’s success at this stage of the season can be largely accredited to their rock solid defending, as they boast the 5th best defensive record in the league, conceding just 33 goals in 22 games.

Defending will have been a big focus for manager Paul Mossa this season as the Villa shipped a dismal 87 goals last season and the improvement is clear.

There have been some impressive displays on the other end of the pitch though, spearheaded by top scorer Adam Bell who has bagged nine goals in 19 games. The attacking highlight of the season so far is definitely the dominating 7-1 win against Seaham Red Star Reserves.

The club still have one fixture left to play this year against Sunderland West End FC in the 2nd round of the Shipowners Charity Cup, and they will be hoping to round off a solid year with one last win.