KICKS LEISURE GEORGE DOBBINS LEAGUE CUP, ROUND ONE
Giant-killing is alive and well, writes Jon Tait.
But while there were a few surprises in the first round of the Kicks Leisure George Dobbins League Cup yesterday, the majority of top-flight sides displayed a gulf in class over their lower-division opponents.
However, the heavy defeats doled out by a number of the top clubs makes the achievements of Blyth Isabella, Red House Farm, Seaton Burn and North Shields Athletic in producing shocks all the more satisfying.
Isabella striker Kris Allington produced the performance of the day in bagging a hat-trick that sent Premier Division Wallsend Town crashing out.
Andrew Haigh struck twice and although Lee Garwood netted a double and Steve Matthews grabbed another for Town, it wasn’t enough to spare their blushes.
Harraby United were also left red-faced after going out at Red House Farm, with a Mike Swift own-goal adding insult to injury as it proved the winner after Aaron Roberts had cancelled out Steve Clark’s early opener for the Division One side.
John Wyres hit two in North Shields Athletic’s surprise 5-4 extra-time victory at Gateshead Redheugh. Anthony Keith, Karl Morrison and Scott Jasper got the others for the jubilant Division Two side, with Ben Howell, Graeme King (two) and Kev Hay replying.
It also took extra-time for Seaton Burn to send Newcastle Uni tumbling out of the competition.
Although Max Ocollins and Enaka Emordi were on target for the Students, Burn celebrated with strikes from Barker, Chris Baker and an Andrew Bennett winner.
Michael Fenwick crashed in five as holders Seaton Delaval ruthlessly dispatched New Fordley.
Daniel Maguire (two), Craig Johnson, Sam Robinson and Mason Stephenson got the others as the holders began their defence of the silverware with a romp. Craig Dunn got the consolation.
Carlisle City banged in eight against Longbenton, with Sean Bannon claiming four. Tom Lucock added two more with Dan Bulman and David Seggie completing the rout – Anthony Peel scored a consolation for the Bulls.
Amble United romped into Round Two as they hit eight at Wideopen.
Alistair Turvey, Josh Hay and Brent Aisbitt all struck doubles with Ryan Douglas and Sean Taylor also on the scoresheet. Andrew Shaw pulling one back.
Birtley St Joseph’s striker Damien Stevens grabbed a hat-trick in a 7-0 drubbing of Swalwell with James Bowman, Phil Quigley, Tony Smith and Martin Guy getting the others.
Hexham’s Mark Gibson (two), Scott Robson, Michael Robson, Stuart Brown and Matthew MacLoughlin fired in as they proved too much for Grainger Park, who scored through Shaun Sager and Adam Hall, while High Howdon’s Craig Black was another hat-trick hero in a 5-0 drubbing of Alston. Alex Nesbitt got the other two.
Ian Lee struck two for Cullercoats as they inflicted a first defeat on Cramlington Town. Daniel Sneap and Dean McCarthy got the others, Jordan Watson replying, while Ashington Colliers went through thanks to first-half goals by Ian Nickalls and David Brown at Newcastle Benfield Reserves.
John Amos crashed in a treble for Killingworth as they needed extra-time to see off the strong challenge of Bohemians, who had Dan Betney and Matty Atkin on target. Paul Baird got the other for the Premier side, while Blyth Town won the all-Premier affair at Walker Central, despite trailing to Paul Collinson’s early opener. Daniel Long, Damon Mullen and Chris Lyle did the damage after the break.
Dan Sherliker, Matty Smith and Dave Deighton scored for Forest Hall as they disposed of Cramlington United and although Morpeth Town A went ahead through Darren Percy’s header at Percy Main, another shock was averted as Graeme Troughton, Dean Morgan and Chris Bell hit back for the Villagers.
Heaton Stannington crashed to their first defeat of the season despite a late fightback that left visitors Stocksfield hanging on.
The Griffins left the reigning champions stunned as they romped into a 3-0 lead, with goals from Chris Hall and Tom Finnerty (two).
The black and whites hit back and goals from Craig Schofield and Michael Waggett made sure it was a nervy finish for the Tyne Valley side.
Hebburn Reyrolle held visitors Whitley Bay A until the 52nd minute when Lewis Burns netted and the Seahorses went on to add three more late on through Andrew Robertson (two) and Sean Jobson.
Shankhouse went ahead against Rutherford through Reece Farndell and although Peter Williams levelled, luck wasn’t on the basement team’s side as they conceded an own-goal and then missed a penalty at the other end.
Lee Gustard added a third in the 87th minute to kill them off.
Mark Worral struck twice as Northbank went top of Division One.
Cameron Wilson and John Slaven also netted for the Cumbrians with visitors Willington Quay Saints pulling two back, one through Mark Henderson.
Bedlington Terriers Reserves are the form team in the division and a Dylan Williamson double got them off to a great start at Ponteland United.
Paul Ford pulled one back but Scott Westaway made it 3-1. Billy Holden added a second for struggling Pont.
Jordan Nellis thundered in a hat-trick and he was joined on the scoresheet by Josh Gilmartin, who tucked away a penalty, John Paxton and Jake Walton as the Greens were in seventh heaven against Newcastle Chemfica.
Wallsend Boys Club were made to work hard for the narrow 1-0 win at Alnwick Town Reserves that takes them back to the top of Division Two, with Dan Parker the goal hero.
RESULTS (Saturday, September 8)
KICKS LEISURE GEORGE DOBBINS CUP, ROUND ONE
Birtley St Josephs 7 Swalwell 0
Carlisle City 8 Longbenton 1
Cullercoats 4 Cramlington Town 1
Forest Hall 3 Cramlington Utd 0
G/Head Redheugh 4 North Shields Ath 5 (after extra-time, 4-4 90mins)
Bohs 2 Killingworth Sp 4 (after extra-time, 2-2 90mins)
Grainger Park 2 Hexham 6
High Howdon 5 Alston 0
Newcastle Ben Res 0 Ashington Colls 2
Newcastle Uni 2 Seaton Burn 3 (after extra-time)
Percy Main Ams 3 Morpeth Town A 1
Red House Farm 2 Harraby Utd 1
Seaton Del Ams 10 New Fordley 1
Walker Central 1 Blyth Town 3
Wallsend Town 3 Blyth Isabella 5
Wideopen 1 Amble Utd 8
Heaton Stann 2 Stocksfield 3
Hebburn Reyrolle 0 Whitley Bay A 4
Shankhouse 3 Rutherford 1
Northbank 4 Willington QS 2
Ponteland Utd 2 Bedlington Terr Res 3
Wallington 7 Newcastle Chem Ind 1
Alnwick Town Res 0 Wallsend BC 1
Saturday, September 15
(Kick-off 2.30pm unless stated)
Amble Utd v Seaton Del Ams
Heddon v Morpeth Town A
KICKS LEISURE CHALLENGE CUP ROUND ONE (kick-off 2pm)
Ashington Colls v Blyth Town
Carlisle City v Hebburn Reyrolle
Rutherford v Killingworth Sp
Harraby Utd v Percy Main Ams
Shankhouse v Walker Central
Wallsend Town v Stocksfield
Whitley Bay A v Heaton Stann
PIN POINT RECRUITMENT COMBINATION CUP ROUND ONE (kick-off 2pm)
Cullercoats v Bohs
Redheugh v Newcastle Uni
Newcastle Chem Ind v Forest Hall
Northbank v Carmlington Town
Ponteland Utd v Wallington
Red House Farm v Hexham
Willington QS v Bedlington Terr Res
PIN POINT RECRUITMENT AMATEUR CUP, ROUND ONE (kick-off 2pm)
Alnwick Town res v Seaton Burn
Alston v Longbenton
Blyth Isabella v Cramlington Utd
High Howdon v Swalwell
North Shields Ath v Newcastle Ben Res
Wallsend BC v Birtley St Joes
Wideopen v New Fordley
Wooler v Grainger Park