PEGSWOOD Ex Servicemen’s relentless pursuit of the Division One title is now within touching distance as a 5-0 home romp over Red Row Brick Club on Sunday (May 1) saw them needing just four more points from their remaining five games to be crowned champions.
Doubles from Lee McAndrew and Stu Marshall plus a single strike from Wyn Fremlin made it 13 wins out of 13 for the hosts.
Stobswood Welfare moved into third place with a fantastic 7-1 away win at Amble Pier 81, who did themselves no favours as they were reduced to nine men.
Kev Bell blasted four for the Welfare, with the others from John Clark, Stefan Tweddle and David King. Sean Taylor hit the home side’s consolation.
Bedlington Station Railway still lie second as they won 4-1 at home against East Chevington thanks to goals from Liam Candlish, Josie Bolam, Thomas Inglis and a rare strike from Michael Carr.
Woodhorn Lane gave Bomarsund a lesson in finishing to earn three points as they won 3-2 at home with goals from Andy Spratt, David Hepple and the winner from Kyle Reardon.
The Bomar had the majority of play but its goals that count and strikes from Kris Grey and Craig Thompson were all they had to show, despite being on top for long periods.
Division Two champs Bedlington Barrington Arms put a big dent in North End Trap’s bid for promotion as they won 5-1 away to cap a fine couple of weeks for the Monkey.
The race for second spot and promotion could go down to the last day with four or five teams still in the hunt.
Second-placed Village Inn suffered a heavy 7-1 defeat away to rivals Ellington, who had Richie Packard on top form as he hit four goals.
John Ramm, with two, and Andew Neil saw Ella go fourth with games in hand.
Ashington Hirst Industrial are third as they won 4-1 at home to Sporting Club. Ryan Chisholm scored two and the others came from Neil Wallace and Mark Taylor. Stephen Bird replied for the visitors.
River Coquet FC finally managed to get back to winning ways with a 5-2 win away to Alnmouth Argyle, with goals from Lance Burton, Scott Arries, Dan Fairbridge and a brace from Robert Gibson.