New format for matchplay

North Northumberland League

An experimental new format ushered in the start of the matchplay season last week.

This year, for the first time, the league comprises three divisions each of six teams playing home and away, with two-up-two-down promotion and relegation.

Round one results:

Division One: Alnmouth (Foxton) A 12 Alnmouth (Foxton) B 0; Magdalene Fields A 6 Goswick 6; Alnwick Castle 7 Bamburgh Castle 5.

Division Two: Rothbury 8 Burgham Park 4; Dunstanburgh Castle A 12 Warkworth 0; Seahouses 6 Alnmouth Village 6.

Division Three: Wooler 10 Dunstanburgh Castle B 2; Percy Wood 8 Magdalene Fields B 4; Longhirst 10 Linden Hall 2.

*Last Saturday’s League Open Day, scheduled for Dunstanburgh Castle, was cancelled due to flooding. The next fixture is this coming Saturday, at Magdalene Fields.