Mixed fortunes for local sides in the Alliance
It was a day of mixed fortunes for local sides in the Northern Alliance League on Saturday.
In the Premier Division, Alnwick Town had a 3-0 home win over bottom of the table Seaton Delaval (see report on back page).
Wallington won 2-1 away to North Shields Athletic, keeping them eighth in the table on 21 points, and on Saturday (February 1) they are home to Cullercoats.
In Division 1, Rothbury entertained league leaders Hebburn Town Reserves at Armstrong Park, where they went down to a 6-1 defeat (see report below).
The defeat leaves Rothbury ninth in the table on 18 points and on Saturday they take on Gosforth Bohemiens away.
North Sunderland went down to a 3-2 away defeat at the hands of Newcastle Chemfica Amateurs in the Development Division, where their goalscorers were Ross Stanton and Fraser tait.
The defeat leaves the Seahouses side fifth in the table on 28 points. On Saturday they face a tough home game against the league’s runaway leaders, Ponteland United Reserves, who have built up a 17 point advantage, albeit having played more games than their opponents.
Wooler took a point from a 1-1 home draw in a feisty match with West Jesmond in the Development division.
This was the second meeting in as many weeks between the sides, after West Jesmond came from 0-2 down to win 3-2 in the Cowie cup the previous Saturday.
Connor Cowens gave Wooler a 1-0 interval lead with a goal just before the break, but West Jesmond, who have lost only two league games all season, hit back with an equaliser in the second half.
The visitors ended the game with only nine players on the pitch following a sending off and sin-binning in the final minutes.
On Saturday, Wooler are away to Newcastle East End Reserves.
Lowick travelled to Ashington to take on their Reserves in the Development and they went down to 2-0 defeat.
Lowick only had the bare 11 players but they put in a good shift and a penalty save from Archie Little early in the first half gave them some hope.
Chris Briggs dragged a shot wide whilst late in the game Gary Fairbairn was just inches away from a ball to the back post by Kieran Bowell.
On Saturday Lowick are away to Heaton Stannington.