Saints victorious in rearranged cup tie

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

Wooler were defeated by Willington Quay Saints today in a rearranged Minor Cup fixture, after the initial tie had to be abandoned following unsavoury scenes towards the end of the game.

The second-round match was first played at the start of the month, but had to be stopped in the second half after scuffles broke out between players.

Thankfully, there was to be no repeat of these ugly scenes this time round and it was Willington who progressed to the competition’s next stage.

Goals from Matthew Adams and Noel Clynch took Saints through, although Luke Strangeways had netted for Wooler.

It was mixed fortunes for two other north Northumberland sides in the Northern Alliance Bay Plastics Division Two this afternoon, with Shilbottle winning, but Alnwick Town Reserves slipping to defeat.

Josh Hay grabbed a brace for Shilbottle, while Matty Graham also got his name on the scoresheet in the Colliers’ 3-1 victory over Forest Hall. Craig Harley pulled one back for the defeated side.

Division Two league leaders Grainger Park had Shaun Young, Steve Matthews and Imran Collins on target in their 3-0 success against Alnwick Town Reserves.

Bay Plastics Division Two

Lindisfarne Custom Planet’s Micky Hedley slammed home four times in his side’s 11-2 demolition job on Wideopen.

Grant Richardson, Pete Lowery, Liam Mulligan, Ben Miley, Paolo Black (two) and Ryan Smith all got in on the act with replies from Micky Welford and Craig Potter (penalty) providing scant consolation.

Chris Sword grabbed a hat-trick for Longbenton as they netted seven at Swalwell. Connor Graham added two more, with Anthony Brown and Robert Woods completing the scoring.

Whitburn Athletic’s Ross McAuley also claimed the match ball with a second-half treble against Cramlington United. Adam Bravey got the other.

Lee Turnbull (two), Tony Falconer, Ryan Gibson and Liam Barnett netted for Gateshead Leam Rangers in a comprehensive win over Newcastle Benfield Reserves, who netted thanks to Aaron McEwan.

Newcastle Building Society Premier Division

John Murray struck twice with Johnny Basham and Lee Buglass adding the others as Hebburn Reyrolle beat Ashington Colliers to claim their first win of the season.

Rutherford had Luke Watson and a David Clasper own goal on the scoresheet as they led twice against derby rivals Whickham Sporting, who took a point thanks to strikes from John Dewhirst and Paul Cavanagh.

Nike Division One

Cullercoats looked to be heading for victory at promotion rivals AFC Newbiggin thanks to Luke Ferguson’s first-half double, but the Seasiders stormed back to claim a point with goals from John Bone and Gary Bailes in an exciting finish.

Wallsend Boys Club’s Daniel Hindmarsh hit two in their success at Blyth Isabella, with Alex Nesbit netting the other. Michael Meins and Daniel Hislop scored for the hosts.

Liam Heenan, Scott Coates and Steven Coates fired in for Hexham in a good win over Bedlington Terriers Reserves and Newcastle Uni got their season up and running as James monk, Jacob Salisbury and Angus Taylor crashed home against Birtley Saint Josephs.

Wayne Dunn (two) and Craig Cook netted for Ponteland United as they beat New Fordley, who chalked up through Will Clarke.

NFA Senior Benevolent Bowl & Minor Cup

Sean Millington hit a hat-trick for North Shields Athletic in a 13-goal thriller against Cramlington Town – but spare a thought for Town hit-man Daniel McDonald, who hit three and still ended up on the losing side.

Lee Crammond, Luke Molloy (two), Scott Jasper and Marc Crammond got the others for Athletic, with David Mason and Robert Bates completing Town’s total in an end-to-end encounter.

John Paxton, Dan Thompson and Matty Blackith scored for Wallington as they beat Bohemians and Chris Rue (two) and Kevin Gustard netted in Shankhouse’s win over Newcastle Chemfica.

It also ended 3-0 at Blyth Town, whose scorers were Chris Lisle, Johnny Mann and Malcolm Morien against Killingworth Station while Carl Begbie, Dean Imray, David Kane and Robert Hamilton were Walker Central’s scorers in a creditable victory over Prudhoe Town. Whitley Bay A advanced by the same scoreline at Seaton Delaval.

Joe Betts gave Percy Main an early lead against Red House Farm but Reece Farndell, Ross Bailey and Martin Soulsby replied.

CFA Senior Cup

Robbie Vallance bagged a brace in Northbank’s 3-2 win at Cockermouth. Adam Clarke added the other, and the Gunners could afford the luxury of a Tom Lucock penalty miss while Carlisle City were awarded a walkover at Penrith Saints.


Newcastle Building Society Premier Division: Gateshead Rutherford AFC 2 Whickham Sporting Club 2, Hebburn Reyrolle 4 Ashington Colliers 0.

Nike Division One: AFC Newbiggin 2 Cullercoats 2, Blyth Isabella 2 Wallsend Boys Club 3, Hexham 3 Bedlington Terriers Reserves 0, Newcastle University 3 Birtley St. Josephs FC 0, Ponteland United 3 New Fordley 1.

Bay Plastics Division Two: Gateshead Leam Rangers 5 Newcastle Benfield Reserves 1, Grainger Park Boys Club 3 Alnwick Town Reserves 0, Lindisfarne Custom Planet 11 (eleven) Wideopen And District 2, Seaton Burn 0 West Allotment Celtic A 0, Shilbottle CW 3 Forest Hall 1, Swalwell 0 Longbenton 7, Whitburn Athletic 4 Cramlington United 0.

Northumberland FA Les Todd Senior Benevolent Bowl: Seaton Delaval Amateurs 0 Whitley Bay A 4, North Shields Athletic F.C. 8 Cramlington Town 5, Wallington 3 Gosforth Bohemians 0, Shankhouse F C 3 Newcastle Chemfica Independent 0, Blyth Town 3 Killingworth Station 0, Walker Central 4 Prudhoe Town 0, Percy Main Amateurs 1 Red House Farm 3.

Cumberland FA Senior Cup: Cockermouth 2 Northbank Carlisle 3, Penrith Saints v Carlisle City (Carlisle City walkover – Penrith Saints withdrew from competition).

NFA Minor Cup: Wooler 1 Willington QS 2.