A tight battle at top

Premier Division

It ended all square in the only Premier Division game to beat the weather.

Killingworth Sporting’s Connal Reed and Nathan Castle fired home but goals from Hebburn Reyrolle’s Oliver Bone and Robert Allen ensured both sides took a precious point.

Division One

Newcastle Uni’s Alex Ames crashed in at Newcastle Chemfica in another game that ended in stalemate as Gaz Davies struck at the other end.

The point puts the Students back into the black after losing eight in deductions.

Division Two

Tony Smith slammed in a hat-trick for leaders Birtley Saint Josephs as they went six points clear of title rivals Wooler in a cracking match.

Smith hit the opener after just 60 seconds and added number two with a smart turn and finish.

Wooler pulled one back through Luke Strangeways just after the break, but St Joes restored their two-goal advantage when Damien Stevens volleyed in. Andy Thompson capitalised on a defensive mix-up to prod Wooler right back in it, but Smith dispatched a hotly-disputed penalty to round it off.

Elsewhere, Cramlington United’s Michael Jordan and Thomas Close were the heroes as they won for only the second time this season and got themselves off the bottom rung against High Howdon.

Elsewhere Kris Allington grabbed a hat-trick as Blyth Isabella thumped Newcastle Benfield Reserves.

NFA Minor Cup

Dieu Llomana’s hat-trick helped Forest Hall into the fifth round as they hit seven against Wideopen.

NFA Senior Benevolent Bowl

Late strikes from Liam Anderson and Craig Cook took Ponteland United into the semi-finals as they came from behind to surprise Wallsend Town.

Heaton Stannington also came from behind as they saw off Whitley Bay A while second- half strikes from Chris Bell (two) and Chris Glass booked Percy Main a spot in the last four as they defeated Seaton Delaval.