A combination of both rain and frost left the vast majority of Northern Alliance pitches unplayable yesterday – and added to the scheduling headache for the fixtures secretaries, writes Jon Tait.
Birtley Saint Joseph’s struck three times in the first half as they went to the top of Division Two in the one league game that did get played.
Martin Guy hammered in the opener against Longbenton in the 20th minute and Damien Stevens made it two eight minutes later. Stevens went clear as he latched onto James Bowman’s through-ball and rounded the keeper before sliding home.
Tony Smith’s powerful drive rounded things off five minutes before the break and put St Joseph’s level on points with promotion rivals North Shields Athletic, but leading thanks to their superior goal difference.
NORTHUMBERLAND FA MINOR CUP
New Fordley overcame a tricky Northumberland FA Minor Cup tie at Belford with goals from Zak Tully (two), Louis Boddy and Andrew Waugh.
Mark Harmieson gave Seaton Burn the lead against Newcastle Chemfica inside 60 seconds with a 20-yard drive. Chris Homans levelled and Steve McLaughlin struck to turn things around for last season’s finalists.
But Seaton Burn fought back and Andrew Bennett hit an equaliser before Phil Bone grabbed the winner before half-time.
DURHAM FA TROPHY
Graeme King and Craig Robson’s strikes proved not enough for Gateshead Redheugh as they were beaten 4-2 by Counden & Leeholme Youth in the Durham FA Trophy quarter-final.
Amble United v Wallsend Town pp
Ashington Colliers v Stocksfield pp
Gateshead Rutherford v Whitley Bay A pp
Killingworth Sporting v Percy Main Amateurs pp
Shankhouse v Seaton Delaval Amateurs pp
Bedlington Terriers Reserves v Cullercoats pp
Heddon v Willington Quay Saints pp
Newcastle University v Hexham pp
Northbank Carlisle v Cramlington Town pp
Red House Farm v Gosforth Bohemians pp
Alnwick Town Res v Swalwell pp
Birtley St Josephs 3 Longbenton 0
Wallsend Boys Club v High Howdon S C pp
Wideopen & District v Newcastle Benfield Reserves pp
KICKS LEISURE GEORGE DOBBINS LEAGUE CUP, ROUND FOUR
Blyth Town v Ponteland United pp
Heaton Stannington v Hebburn Reyrolle pp
Wallington v Carlisle City pp
PIN POINT RECRUITMENT BILL GARDNER MEMORIAL TROPHY
Morpeth Town A v Cramlington United pp
NORTHUMBERLAND FA MINOR CUP, ROUND THREE
FOREST HALL v NORTH SHIELDS ATHLETIC pp
GRAINGER PARK BOYS CLUB v Heddon St Andrews pp
NEW FORDLEY 4 Belford 2
North Shields Athletic Reserves v WOOLER pp
SEATON BURN 2 NEWCASTLE CHEMFICA (IND) 3
DURHAM FA TROPHY, ROUND TWO
GATESHEAD REDHEUGH 2 Coundon & Leeholme Youth 4