Amble slip gives City hope in title chase

Nortern Alliance round-up

Premier Division

Carlisle City turned up the heat at the top of the table on Saturday as they beat Amble United and moved to within six points of the leaders, with three games in hand, writes Jon Tait.

Tom Lucock fired the Cumbrians ahead from the penalty spot after just two minutes and, although Ross Gair levelled for the Seasiders with another penalty 14 minutes later, Stuart Kilgour arrived unmarked to head the winner at the near-post four minutes after the break. Harraby United’s Jonathon Simpson bagged a brace as they saw off Shankhouse. Alan Casey and Ryan Errington netted the others, with Rees Farndell hitting the consolation.

Kicks Leisure George Dobbins League Cup

First-half strikes from Justin Millican, Josh Gilmartin and Sam Walton put Wallington into the final as they comfortably saw off fellow first-division side Ponteland United.

Division One

There were own-goals at both ends as Newcastle Uni won a seven-goal thriller at Hexham.

In-form students striker Tom Stapleton struck twice and Jake Salisbury got the other, with Scott Coates and Jamie Peel the Tynedale scorers in a game that they were always chasing.

Division Two

Wooler’s Mark Forrest was on target as they were held by fourth-placed Wideopen (report, right).

Alnwick Town Reserves hit-man Steven Hutchins fired a brace as they beat Seaton Burn. Ross Straughan got the other and Reece Noble and Nicky Hara scored for the visitors.