Northern Football Alliance round-up (Saturday, April 25)

Northern Football Alliance round-up.
Northern Football Alliance round-up.

A 2-2 draw was enough for Shilbottle CW to take top spot in Division Two this afternoon – but only on goal difference – while relegated Wooler went down 4-1 at Hexham.

Newcastle Building Society Premier Division

Two late goals from Kyle Reardon and Dan Thompson gave Wallington three points in an amazing game that saw Northbank fight back from 4-1 down to level at 5-5 with three minutes to go. Thompson hit a first-half hat-trick and Rishi Dhand was also on the scoresheet as the Greens bossed the first half.

But Stuart Hill pulled one back just before the break and Rikki Lee James reduced the deficit further straight after. Further goals from the Cumbrian duo made it all square before Reardon restored Wallington’s advantage. James completed his treble to level in the 85th minute, but the late strikes saw Wallington close in on fifth spot.

Shankhouse went 2-0 up at Carlisle City as Lee Gustard drilled in off a post and Scott Lowery netted a controversial headed second with the hosts claiming the ball was in keeper Michael Ballantyne’s hands.

City got back in the game as Marc Shiel raced through to slip in his 39th of the season and Rob McCartney levelled as he swept a volley into the roof of the net. Shankhouse took the three points in added time as they broke and the ball was squared to Scott Young, who made no mistake despite City’s protestations that the player who crossed was offside.

Nike First Division

AFC Newbiggin’s hopes of securing runners-up spot were kept alive by Kyle Downey’s 96th-minute leveller against promotion rivals Birtley Saint Joseph’s. The Saints led thanks to strikes from James Ward and Joe Whelan, with Jonathon McEnaney giving the Seasiders a lifeline in the 75th minute and the ground erupted as Downey struck deep into added time.

Kurtis Harvey’s four-goal blast lifted Hexham out of the bottom two as they beat relegated Wooler, who replied through Cam Wilson, while Blyth Isabella’s Matt Lavender, Orhan Behic and Jake Miller fired home in a draw with Cullercoats who had Elliot Mitchell, Jamie Spendiff and Richard Smith on the scoresheet.

Bohemians ran out 3-1 winners against Bedlington Terriers Reserves.

Bay Plastics Second Division

Shilbottle CW went top on goal difference and face a nail-biting Championship showdown with Gateshead Leam Rangers.

Lindisfarne Custom Planet secured third spot as Liam Shanley gave them a 30th-minute lead that stung the Colliers into an immediate response from Matty Graham. Josh Hay’s 51st of the season put Shilbottle ahead on the hour, but they were pegged back by a Peter Lowery penalty in the 72nd minute.

Both Shilbottle and Rangers are on 71 points with two games to play – and face each other in the final game of the season on Saturday, May 9.

Seaton Burn won a nine-goal thriller at Grainger Park with goals from Stu Taylor, Andrew Smith, Dave Hewitt, Chris Carr and Aldair Batista. The West Enders chalked up through Tony Leach, Andy Davidson, Dale Robson and Steve Matthew in an end-to-end encounter.

Phil Watson struck twice and Laurent Sansou added the other in Newcastle Benfield Reserves victory over Forest Hall while Swalwell netted eight times at basement side Wideopen.


Newcastle Building Society Premier Division

Northbank Carlisle 5 Wallington 7

Carlisle City 2 Shankhouse FC 3

Nike Division One

AFC Newbiggin 2 Birtley St Joseph’s 2

Blyth Isabella 3 Cullercoats 3

Gosforth Bohemians 3 Bedlington Terriers Reserves 1

Hexham 4 Wooler 1

Bay Plastics Division Two

Lindisfarne CP 2 Shilbottle CW 2

Grainger Park Boys Club 4 Seaton Burn 5

Newcastle Benfield Reserves 3 Forest Hall 0

Wideopen & District 1 Swalwell 8