Killingworth and Newcastle Blue Star maintained their push on leaders Newcastle University with narrow wins against tough opposition on Saturday afternoon.
Killy edged past visitors Alnwick Town, Malcolm Morien netting twice for the hosts in a 3-2 win with Konner Lamb the other whilst Alnwick replied through Phil Airey, with his fourth in two games since joining, John Colley with the other whilst at North Shields Athletic they fell to a first-hlaf blitz from Blue Star who eventually emerged as 4-2 winners; Ethan Bewley, Shaun McRoberts and Martin Soulsby all netted inside twenty minutes, Phil Watson pulling one back for the shell-shocked hosts. It would be the final twenty minutes before the remaining goals were scored as Soulsby hit his second of the afternoon and Blue Star’s fourth before Adam Tierney pulled a second back for the hosts.
First-half braces from Jake Walton and John Paxton helped Wallington to a 4-1 win on the road at Ponteland as they, along with Shankhouse, slipped to defeats, the latter losing 3-0 to lowly visitors FC United of Newcastle, Matthew with a goal in each half, and Pooley the other.
Gateshead Rutherford continued in their rich vein of form to win 2-1 away to Seaton Delaval who opened the scoring early through Dillon Howarth before Andrew Beadling equalised just after twenty minutes, Sam Hodgson notching what proved the winner eight minutes into the second half whilst New Fordley edged past hosts Gateshead Reserves 3-2, Adams with two and Watson the other whilst Warriner and Slater replied.
In the League Cup Newcastle University reached the semi-finals with a hard-fought 2-0 home win against Second Division high-fliers Rothbury, Olly Walden opening the scoring in the fifth minute and Conrad Zylko doubled the lead in the fiftieth, they’ll face Blyth Town for a place in the final.
Percy Main meanwhile needed extra-time to see off their Second Division opponents, Burradon, in the Bill Gardner Cup, Mark Mc Donnell with a hat-trick including a late penalty whilst Paul Collinson also scored from the spot to seal progression.
Ten-man Wallsend Boys Club fell to a 2-0 reverse away to leaders Blyth Town who eased home courtesy of a second half double from Adam Johnson, the goals coming either side of Boys Club goalkeeper, Callum Corkhill, seeing red on the hour.
Beneath the leaders Cullercoats hit lowly Longbenton for ten without reply as Mick Lowes hit a four-goal salvo and Carl Patterson three in the 10-0 demolition, Simon Wilson and Ben Miley and Dillon Blake also scoring whilst Blyth Spartans Reserves were held to a 1-1 draw away to Hexham, Karl Lazzari cancelling out Kurtis Harvey’s effort.
Bedlington edged past visiting Hebburn Town U23s thanks to a Tommy Wilkinson effort on the half hour and Prudhoe Youth Club won 3-0 away to Winlaton Vulcans in their top five clash, all three arriving in the second half via Sam Dibb-Fuller, Kieran Russel and Luke Banks.
Five goals were witnessed at Felling Magpies as the defeated visiting Red Row Welfare 3-2, they leading by two inside ten as Jonathan Henry and Lewis Conroy scored, Marc Nixon pulled one back just before the half hour mark and Christopher Bottrill levelled eight minutes into the second half, Steven Kyle with the winner ten minutes from time.
Having picked up their points of the season with a win last weekend, basement side Newcastle East End held Forest Hall to a 4-4 draw with Callum Larmouth bagging another two for the hosts and was joined on the scoresheet by Callum Ritson and Craig Scott whilst Hall replied through goals from Paul Ridley, Jack Pinchen, Nicky Evans and Tom Brock.
Whitley Sporting Club maintained their leadership of the Second Division with a hard-fought 2-1 win away to third place Cramlington United, the result made all the more sweeter with Rothbury being on cup duty, the goals coming via Jake Betts and Lewis Walker, David Dormand replying.
Willington Quay Saints kept up pressure on the leading pack when edging through a nine-goal thriller at home to lowly Seaton Sluice, Joe Connor with a second half brace for the victors whilst Brandon Williams, Lee Crammond and Ryan Ferrier also scored, Sluice replying through that of Ben Meant, Kieran Moffatt, Nick Doyle and Sam Johnson, the sides level at 2-2 at the break.
In the two, top nine clashes played, Spittal Rovers won 3-0 away to Jesmond, all the goals arriving in the second half through Paul, Ben Amers, and an own-goal in between whilst a first half brace from Liam Gibson gave Blyth FC the points in a 2-0 win away to Ellington.
Whitburn were held to a 2-2 draw away to Cramlington Town, goals from Lee Orr and Joe Warren cancelling out a brace from Town’s Liam McKee, his second coming from the spot whilst in the bottom half of the table Coundon & Leeholme won 3-1 at Wideopen and Stobswood edged past visiting Gateshead Redheugh 2-1.