Saturday’s Alliance matches were heavily affected by the oncoming Winter with only nine matches beating the frost that beset the region, although ‘El Coastico’ got the go-ahead with North Shields Athletic playing host to neighbours Whitley Bay A.
Marclinho Junior notched a goal in each half for dominant Athletic, he opening the scoring before Bay equalised through Andy Roberston, Tom Crow restoring the lead shortly after, all within the opening half hour; the second half was all Athletic as Phil Watson, Jonny Lowes and Dean Blacklock, along with Junior’s second, wrapped up proceedings in a 6-1 win.
The only other Premier Division game would see five scored at Percy Main as they defeated visitors Newcastle Chemfica 3-2, Chemfica having led through Oliver Ure before Jack Armstrong made it 1-1 at the break. It would be late in the second period before further goals were added as Connor Gayles and Chris Glass put the hosts out of sight before an own-goal at the death made for a nervy finale.
Blyth Spartans Reserves ran riot in their First Division home encounter with Wallsend Community, leading by five at the break before running out 11-2 victors. Karl Lazzari would help himself to three and Louis Anderson two as further goals were added by Callum and Adam Uddgren, Liam Shanley, Andy Murray, Yannick Aziakonou and David Gray, Chris Mason notching a late consolation brace for the beleaguered visitors.
The top six clash went in favour of hosts Cullercoats when they dismissed Hebburn U23s 5-1 with Laws (2), Stephenson, Nugent Doyle and Hindmarsh notching for the hosts, Nixon replying whilst goals from Wharton, Lattimer and Texeria saw Forest Hall to a 3-1 win over visitors Prudhoe Youth Club, Mitchell replying.
Just three games were played in the Second Division as Whitley Sporting Club failed to take advantage at the top when they were felled 4-1 at home to Willington Quay Saints and both Ellington, and Seaton Sluice, picked up home wins by a 3-2 score over Wideopen and Whitburn respectively.
The one cup match played would see Niall Younger net the winner in the Northumberland Minor Cup as Cramlington United won 3-2 away to Gosforth Bohemians.