It’s advantage Whitley Bay A in the title race after their 3-0 success at rivals Harraby CC, writes Jon Tait.
The Seahorses brought Iain Lee off the bench and he repaid them with a second-half double, heading in the opener and tucking away the second after a defensive mix-up.
Chris Bainbridge chipped in the third from 35-yards in the last minute.
Heaton Stannington’s hopes took a dent as they went down 3-2 to Gateshead Rutherford at Grounsell Park.
Graeme Troughton fired in twice for the visitors before Michael Waggett pulled one back. Heaton were then reduced to ten men and Yanis Galas added a third for Rutherford.
Joe Fulcher made them sweat a bit with a second with four minutes to go, but with keeper Rob MacGregor earning the plaudits for some stunning saves, Rutherford ensured that it remains red hot at the bottom of the table too.
Carlisle City’s Dan Bulman poked in from close range after just two minutes against Ponteland United and Mark Graham lashed in the second from 20 yards just after the interval. Tom Lucock tucked away the third following a fine team move by the Sky Blues.
Hebburn Reyrolle fired a warning as they struck nine times at struggling bottom side Murton. Chris Donald cracked in five of them, with Dean Patton, Adam Bell, Jack Morrison and Liam Clark bagging the others.
Ashington Colliers had Sean Gibson, Joe Moscrop, Marc Richardson and Michael Hogg on target in their win over Shankhouse and Stocksfield came from behind twice to earn a point against Seaton Delaval.
Trevor Benjamin and Abubaker Salim netted for the Red Devils, with Chris Fairless and a deflected Steve Forster drive making up the Griffins’ tally.
Killingworth’s Michael Bowman was left cursing the crossbar as he rattled it four minutes from time in an end-to-end goalless draw with Blyth Town.
AMBLE United were just two minutes from claiming the Division One silverware when the unlucky Josh Hay headed into his own net.
Sean Taylor gave the Seasiders the lead at Wallington, but Ben Fenwick levelled with a free-kick.
Hay fired in and it looked like his goal was going to lead to a champagne celebration – until he was left red-faced with his late own-goal.
KICKS LEISURE FIRST DIVISION SUBSIDIARY CUP, SECTION B
CHRIS Ritson hit the only goal of the game for Newcastle Uni against Forest Hall and Gosforth Bohemians top Group B of the Subsidiary Cup after a 4-3 win over Morpeth Sporting.
Iain Harris got two, with Steve Leonard and Nick Thompson netting the others for Bohs, while Ron Haney struck twice and Jamie Hutchinson also netted in reply.
CHRIS Mann and Rob Nolan scored for Division Two leaders Red House Farm as they closed in on the title with a 2-1 success over Alnwick Town Reserves. Reagan Turnbull pulled one back.
Hexham are breathing down their necks and blew a sigh of relief after a hard-fought 2-1 win over hugely-improved bottom side Cramlington United. Liam Heenan and Gavin Cox scored for the Tynedale outfit, with Andrew Hayles firing home for United.
Dan Alexander struck twice for Alston for the second week running but goals from Swalwell’s Danny Hodgson and an own-goal pegged back the Cumbrians, while neighbours Northbank won 4-2 at Seaton Burn. Chris Baker and Green scored for the home side.
New Fordley were ahead twice against Harton & Westoe, with goals from Lee Waugh and Craig Dunn, but they were held to a draw, with replies from Steven Graham and a late Owen Peterson leveller.
Matty Donkin and Jimmy Anderson were the North Shields Athletic marksmen against Willington Quay Saints, who picked up a point as Stephen Cape bagged a double in reply.
PIN POINT RECRUITMENT BILL GARDNER TROPHY (today, Monday)
A GOAL in each half saw Wallsend Town lift the Bill Gardner Memorial Trophy.
Lee Garwood’s fine individual effort gave First Division Town the lead in the 36th minute against Second Division Terriers.
The silverware was secured in the 70th minute when Chris Garwood headed home the second from a pin-point cross.
PIN POINT RECRUITMENT NORTHERN FOOTBALL ALLIANCE
Monday, April 9
Harraby 1 Shankhouse 2
Hebburn Reyrolle 1 Carlisle City 1
Saturday, April 7
Ashington Colliers 4 Shankhouse 0
Carlisle City 3 Ponteland United 0
Harraby CC 0 Whitley Bay A 3
Heaton Stannington 2 Gateshead Rutherford 3
Killingworth Sp 0 Blyth Town 0
Murton 0 Hebburn Reyrolle 9
Stocksfield 2 Seaton Delaval Ams 2
Newcastle Uni 1 Forest Hall 0
Wallington 2 Amble United 2
KICKS LEISURE FIRST DIVISION SUBSIDIARY CUP, SECTION B
Gosforth Bohemians 4 Morpeth Sporting 3
Alston 2 Swalwell 2
Hexham 2 Cramlington United 1
New Fordley 2 Harton & Westoe 2
North Shields Ath 2 Willington Quay Saints 2
Red House Farm 2 Alnwick Town Res 1
Seaton Burn 2 Northbank 4
PIN POINT RECRUITMENT BILL GARDNER TROPHY
Bedlington Terriers Res 0 Wallsend Town 2
Wednesday, April 11
PREMIER DIVISION (kick-off 6.15pm)
Ashington Colliers v Heaton Stannington
Carlisle City v Gateshead Rutherford
Harraby CC v Seaton Delaval Ams
Hebburn Reyrolle v Walker Central
Killingworth Sp v Ponteland United
Whitley Bay A v Murton
DIVISION ONE (kick-off 6.15pm)
Morpeth Sports v Cullercoats
KICKS LEISURE FIRST DIVISION SUBSIDIARY CUP, SECTION A (kick-off 6.15pm)
Wallington v Heddon
KICKS LEISURE FIRST DIVISION SUBSIDIARY CUP, SECTION B (kick-off 6.15pm)
Newcastle Uni v Forest Hall
DIVISION TWO (kick-off 6.15pm)
Alnwick Town Res v Willington Quay Saints
Bedlington Terriers Res v Whickham Lang Jacks
Cramlington United v Red House Farm
North Shields Ath v Wallsend BC
Northbank v Hexham
Seaton Burn v Harton & Westoe
Swalwell v New Fordley (kick-off 7pm)
Saturday, April 14
PREMIER DIVISION (kick-off 2.30pm)
Ashington Colliers v Harraby CC
Hebburn Reyrolle v Murton
Killingworth Sp v Seaton Delaval Ams
Ponteland United v Heaton Stannington
Shankhouse v Carlisle City
Stocksfield v Rutherford (kick-off 1pm)
Whitley Bay A v Blyth Town
DIVISION ONE (kick-off 2.30pm)
Heddon v Newcastle Chem Ind
KICKS LEISURE FIRST DIVISION SUBSIDIARY CUP, SECTION A (kick-off 2.30 pm)
Amble United v Wallsend Town
Cullercoats v Wallington
KICKS LEISURE FIRST DIVISION SUBSIDIARY CUP, SECTION B (kick-off 2.30 pm)
Newcastle Uni v Morpeth Sports
DIVISION TWO (kick-off 2.30pm)
Alnwick Town Res v Wallsend BC
Alston v Wideopen
Bedlington Terriers Res v New Fordley
Harton & Westoe v Willington QS
Hexham v North Shields Ath
North bank v Cramlington Utd
Red House Farm v Whickham LJ
Swalwell v Seaton Burn