It was a high-scoring day for Premier Division sides in the opening round of the Challenge Cup on Saturday however, the question remains, who can withstand the Newcastle University juggernaut, the top flight leaders putting second place Newcastle Blue Star to the sword with a 9-1 win, and Chilufya only scored one.
Lee Scott would hit a four-goal salvo for the free-scoring students, all their goals arriving after they’d afforded their Blue Star visitors a first minute lead, Martin Soulsby with the goal; an own-goal levelled proceedings and, as well as the salvo from Scott, and one from Chilufya, there were also efforts from Keith Douglas, Olly Walden and Jonathon Bennett.
AFC Killingworth also had a comfortable afternoon after they dismissed Whitley Bay A 8-1, Liam Hudson hitting four of his own, Malcolm Morien getting in the act as well as goals from Konner Lamb, Liam Harris, and a first of the season from Scott Bamburgh, Chris Zolden with a consolation, the hosts 6-1 up at the break.
Both AFC New Fordley and Newcastle Chemfica scored five times at home as they defeated Gateshead Rutherford (5-1) and Shankhouse (5-2) respectively; a brace from Jordan Watson as well as efforts from Dan Foster, Kieron Pyle and Lee Waugh gave New Fordley their win whilst a Sam Grieveson brace alongside Steve McLaughlin, Fergus Lynch and Olly Ure notched for Chemfica, Olly Young with a double in reply.
Alnwick Town, at home, and Seaton Delaval, away, both progressed on the back of 4-3 wins as Paul Muers scored twice for Town as they defeated FC United, who fought to the death and had a goal disallowed with the very last kick whilst Paul Dunn notched a double for Delaval as they edged past hosts Percy Main.
The two remaining games would see Dobie score twice for Gateshead A as they won 3-1 at home to Wallington whilst Michael Butcher also scored two in North Shields Athletic’s 3-2 win at Ponteland United.
Winlaton Vulcans caused an upset when they defeated unbeaten First Division leaders Blyth Town 3-1 after extra time in the Combination Cup, the visitors leading through a first half Joe Gibson effort right up until stoppage time when Jack Moulding levelled to add an extra thirty, it was in this extra period Finn Gibson scored twice to put the hosts through.
Red Row Welfare and Seaton Burn both progressed 4-2 at home to Wallsend Boys Club and Gosforth Bohemians as a second half brace from Kevin Bell turned their game on its head after Boys Club had taken an interval lead via David Kane and Brad Walsh, Max Anderson got the hosts back into the game and, after Bell had put the hosts ahead a late Phil Airey strike sent them through; Chris Carr, Liam Hall, Josh Mottram and Josh McGlen netted for Seaton Burn in their win, Kieron Boyle and Dan Ure replying.
Blyth Spartans Reserves progressed on penalties following a 2-2 draw at Felling Magpies, Karl Lazzari with a double on his return to Spartans being cancelled out by Steven Kyle and Michael Mains, the Spartans progressing 4-2 on penalties whilst a love effort from Adam Greenwood gave Prudhoe Youth Club the win at Bedlington.
Goals either side of the interval, from Blake (penalty) and Mitchell, sent Cullercoats through at the expense of Wallsend Community whilst Joe Thompson opened the scoring for Forest Hall as they edged past hosts Hebburn Town U23s 3-2, Jack Pinchen putting then two up before a quick-fire brace from Jonathon McGreary levelled proceedings, Pinchen notching his second and Hall’s third immediately after to progress.
Two differing games lit up the Amateur Cup as the top tow both progressed, Second Division leaders Jesmond only just in a nine goal thriller and second placed Rothbury quite comfortably whilst Blyth FC were relatively comfortable in their progression as well.
Goals from Elliott Huart, Daniel Brown, Tom Clark, Charlie Young and a last minute goal from Stewart Wright gave the leaders victory whilst a double from Joe Warren and one apiece for Adam Bravey and Alex Chapman gave the game plenty excitement, Jesmond winning 5-4 whilst a Michael Old hat-trick featured in Rothbury’s 5-0 win as well as efforts from Tony Brown and Daniel Thompson.
A goal in each half from Joe Moscrop helped Blyth FC on their way to a 6-3 win at Cramlington Town, Jordan Miller, Chris Phillips, and two in the final ten minutes from Ryan Priest and Rees Farrell wrapping up the win, the hosts replying via Paul Middleton, Ryan Glyn-Lowth and Steven Trewick.
Five goals were scored in the games at Cramlington United and Wideopen, the hosts losing 3-2 in each. Stobswood won 3-2 in extra-time at Cramlington United as Joshua Harrison grabbing the decisive goal in the extra thirty whilst John Gall grabbed the winner six minutes from time as Ellington edged past Wideopen.
A double from Clarke would see Seghill win 2-1 away to Burradon whilst Gateshead Redheugh won by the same score at Willington Quay Saints, all three goals arriving in the final half hour and Jak Croucher scored a last minute winner for Coundon as they won 1-0 at Spittal.
Thank you to Peter Mann for the round-up this week. To contact Peter, please visit his website.