North Sunderland crowned NNL championship winners

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North Sunderland were confirmed as North Northumberland League Champions for the first time in almost 20 years when they defeated Craster Rovers 4-1 on Saturday.

In what has been a great season for the Seahouses team goals came from Chris Coe, Tom Vickers and a Ryan Thompson brace. Craster’s goal was scored by Richard Stanwix.

The victory in North Sunderland’s final league game of the season was hard earned and congratulations go to all concerned at Seafield Park for their League success.

Saturday’s other scheduled league match between Shilbottle CW and Amble St Cuthbert was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at the Welfare Ground, Shilbottle.

The other two game were Laidler Lancaster Cup semi finals which gave the NNFL its first cup finalists of the 2017-2018 season.

Both games went according to form with Rothbury and Tweedmouth Harrow progressing into the final.

Belford were at home to Rothbury and it was the away sides clinical finishing along with Belford’s mistakes that saw Rothbury go into the final winning 7-2 at Meadow Park.

Rothbury led 3-1 at half time after capitalising on the home sides mistakes with goals from Gareth McCann, Dan Thompson and Michael Old. Belford’s first half goal came from Paul Muers.

In the second half the home side pressed forward and got back to 4-2 with a Kevin Greshon goal but Rothbury’s experience saw them home with further goals from McCann, Old and a Thompson brace that saw him complete his hat trick.

In the other semi final played at The Martins, Wooler it was again the away side that left victorious.

Tweedmouth Harrow put last week’s disappointments behind them with a strong performance which saw them win 4-1. Goals from Jonny Simpson and a Martyn Tait ‘worldie’ saw the visitors into a 2-0 lead at half time. Further goals in the second half from Dale Reap and a second from Simpson saw the Berwickside through to the final while Wooler’s consolation goal, which had brought them back into the game at 2-1, came courtesy of Kyle Jeffries.

Table - North Sunderland 20-47, Rothbury 17-36, Harrow 17-35, Newbiggin Res 17-29, Amble SC 17-28, Embleton 19-25, Belford 18-23, Wooler 16-19, Shilbottle 16-18, Craster 18-17, Alnwick res 18--8.

*Fixtures for Saturday (April 21) are:

Robson Cup Semi-Final 2pm KO - Alnwick Town Reserves v Craster Rovers; Wooler v Shilbottle CW.

Sanderson Cup Semi- Final 2pm KO - Embleton WR v Amble St Cuthbert; Belford v AFC Newbiggin Reserves.

Runciman Cup Semi-Final 2pm KO - Tweedmouth Harrow v Rothbury.