The return Gateshead derby was the only Premier Division game to be played with other sides on Benevolent Bowl duty, the spoils going to the hosts, Gateshead A, who avenged their opening day loss when defeating Gateshead Rutherford 4-2, the Heed side netting through McGeoch, Warriner, Hayhurst and Slater with Langston and Jefferson replying.
In the Northumberland Senior Benevolent Bowl a hat-trick from Lee Scott gave leaders Newcastle University a 3-1 win at home to Seaton Delaval who replied through Sam Johnson and Newcastle Chemfica enjoyed a comfortable 6-0 win away to North Shields Athletic as Sam Grieveson hit a four goal salvo, braces either side of the interval after Josh Grice had opened the scoring on seven minutes and Darryl Basham wrapped things up twelve minutes from time.
Three goals in the opening half hour saw Whitley Bay A dismiss hosts Percy Main Amateurs, the Seasiders taking the lead after just a minute through Sven Hart, Dale Johnson put through his own-goal after fifteen minutes and Hylton Hub wrapped things up just after the half hour whilst Tommy Bainbridge scored twice for FC United of Newcastle in their 3-1 win away to First Division Forest Hall, Dylan Swann with the other, Lewis Gardner replying.
Lee Waugh notched a brace as AFC New Fordley defeated Seaton Burn 3-1, Ali Henderson the other whilst Thomas Truscott helped himself to a six goal haul, including four in thirteen second half minutes as Wallington dismantled hosts Ponteland United 7-1, Kyle Reardon with other three minutes from time and also netting an own-goal for added measure.
The remaining match saw doubles from Martin Soulsby and Shane Brookes help Newcastle Blue Star see off a dogged Wallsend Community 5-2, the game level at the interval after Soulsby, and one for Gavin Dick were pegged back by quick-fire efforts from the visitors’ Kane Chirnside and Ethan Brown; Brookes got in on the act with his double after the break before Soulsby added his second with four minutes remaining.
In the top of the table clash leaders Blyth Town defeated hosts Bedlington 3-0 as Sam Watts scored twice and Jak Ditchburn the other whilst there were also wins for Wallsend Boys Club, who won 3-2 at home to Prudhoe Youth Club, victors goals arriving via Paul Antony, Steven Buzzeo and Roy Gordon, and Hexham defeated pointless bottom club, Newcastle East End, 6-0, Kurtis Harvey grabbing a hat-trick along with goals from Will Forsyth, Robbie Pattinson and Neil McDonald.
Winlaton Vulcans progressed to the next round of the Durham Minor Cup on the back of a 5-0 win away to Durham City Reserves as a Matty Baldwin brace had the Alliance side two up inside half hour and Niall Codling made it three at the break. After the restart further goals were added by Chad Collins who netted twice in a seven-minute spell to seal the win; early goals from Graeme McCall and Daniel Maddison inside twelve minutes gave Hebburn Town U23s a 2-0 home win over Sunderland West End and Whitburn progressed having shared six with Darlington Travellers Rest before winning the shoot-out 4-2.
A hat-trick from Aidan Rutledge helped Gateshead Redheugh narrowly edge past hosts Sunderland Farringdon Detached 4-3, two of those coming in the first half whilst Michael Heckles scored what proved to be the winner twenty minutes from time and Felling Magpies fell 3-2 at home to Wheatley Hill WMC.
Second Division leaders Rothbury maintained their impressive start to the season when they won by the odd goal in five away to second place Whitley Sporting Club at the weekend with Michael Old helping himself to a brace, Daniel Thompson with his eleventh of the league campaign whilst the hosts replied through Thomas Atkinson and Arron Moulding.
Sixteen goals were scored between the home sides Spittal Rovers and Coundon & Leeholme, they winning 9-0 and 7-0 respectively as, in the former, Kyle Jeffrey scored three times as the hosts dismissed a deflated Seghill with further goals coming from Paul Wood (2), Niall Jones, Ben Fairbairn the spot, Dmitrijs Paplavskas and Ben Amers whilst in the latter Daniel Johnson helped himself to four as his side defeated Cramlington Town, Jordan Lee, Dale Sadler and Johnson Ballan replying.
Cramlington United edged a seven goal thriller in their top five clash away to Jesmond, Niall Younger with a goal in each half for the victors Luke Taylor and Callum Bryce also scoring, they being two up at the break whilst Jesmond responded in the second half through Alex Cole, Daniel Brown and James Milner.
Both Burradon, at home to Wideopen, and Blyth, away to Willington Quay Saints, won 4-2 with twelve different goalscorers – at Burradon Sam Walker, Steven Clarke, Ben Walker and Kai Slinn scored for the hosts, Leroy Odd and Mark Wilkinson replying whilst at Quay Saints, all six goals coming in the final forty minutes, Sean Conway and Alex Foreman had the hosts two up and, after Joseph Bolam had pulled one back and the final four minutes approached, Josh Monaghan Joe Moscrop and Craig Hopwood all netted to turn the game on its head.
Thank you to Peter Mann forthe report this week - to get in contact with Peter please visit his website.