Local Alliance teams see action on artificial surfaces

Despite the wet weather at the weekend a number of local sides managed to take in some action, thanks to artificial surfaces.

In the Northern Alliance, North Sunderland returned to play and managed a 2-1 away win over Whitley Bay Sporting Club A in the Development Division. This was a game played on a 4G surface with the winning goals for the Seahouses side coming from Ross Stanton and substitute Marcus Holmes.

The win keeps North Sunderland sixth in the table on 22 points, but having only played nine games they have fixtures in hand on all the other leading sides.

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This weekend (December 7) NS are home to Newcastle Chemfica Amateurs.

Also in the Development Division, Wooler played their first game in six weeks.

They had suffered five successive postponements and as a result were naturally rusty going into their game away to West Jesmond, which was also played on an artificial surface.

West Jesmond had only lost two league games so far this season, and that was a stat which remained at the final whistle as they rattled up an 8-2 win over their Glendale opponents, leaving them ninth in the table on 15 points.

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On Saturday, Wooler are at home to top of the table Ponteland United Reserves, who have lost only one of their 15 league games played so far.

Lowick travelled to take on Gosforth Bohemiens Reserves where they went down to a 6-0 defeat.

After a decent start to the season, Lowick have now lost ten matches in a row in league and cup competitions and are low on confidence.

On Saturday they will be looking for a pick-me-up when they take on bottom of the table Morpeth Town Reserves at home. Morpeth have only won one game out of 11, but are on zero points, along with Whitley Bay Sporting Club A and Red House Farm, after receiving a four point reduction.

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In Division 1, Rothbury went down to a 2-0 away defeat at the hands of Bedlington FC.

Rothbury turned in a decent first half display, and also finished well, but inbetween suffered from lapses of concentration.

The defeat leaves Rothbury in eighth place in the table with 14 points from their 10 games played.

On Saturday they are away to Haltwhistle Jubilee in the Minor Cup.