Monkey cling on to lift crown


LONG-TIME leaders Bedlington Barrington Arms finally clinched the Division Two title on Sunday.

The Monkey have been the front-runners all season long and, despite a little blip in previous weeks, they got the three points required with a 6-1 demolition of Ellington, whose own promotion hopes took a dent as prolific front-man David Scott hit a hat-trick with Dan Dargue, Stu Liversedge and Chris Hay ensuring it was party time in Bedlington.

Felton stayed on course for promotion with a hard-earned 2-1 home victory over Amble Dock Hotel thanks to goals from Scott McMullen and Daniel Lowes, Dane Dawson replied for the Dock.

Ashington Hirst Industrial had a mixed weekend as a 3-1 away win at River Coquet, courtesy of strikes from Mark Taylor, David Sturgeon and Si Wigmore kept them in the promotion race.

But they slipped up on Tuesday night as they had to come from two down to secure a 2-2 draw away to Amble Dock.

The bottom two served up a 16-goal feast as Sporting Club beat Alnmouth Argyle 11-5 in a game both defences will want to forget.

Pegswood Ex Servicemen remain at the top of Division One as they beat Bomarsund SC twice in the space of four days in two terrific games, the first a 2-1 away win on Thursday night was followed by a 3-1 home victory at the weekend as the young Bomar side pushed them all the way, but two penalties from Wyn Fremlin and a Stu Marshall effort made it 12 wins from 12 games, Andrew Thompson scored for the Bomar.

Choppington Travellers Rest won their midweek game 4-0 at East Chevington but Sunday was a different story as they had two men sent off in a 4-2 defeat at home to Bedlington Station Railway, Si Cunningham and David Kilpatrick got the Travs’ goals, but a Liam Candlish brace and solo strikes from Josie Bolam and Phil Gowens wrapped up the points for the Railway.

Red Row Brick Club are in fine form of late and a Craig Keen hat-trick saw them win 3-0 at home to Woodhorn Lane.

Stobswood too are putting a good run of form together as they won again 4-0 at home to visiting East Chevington, Stefan Townsley, Stefan Tweddle, Robert Baker and the ageless Steven Gibbard with the goals.