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Match Reports from 28/01/2024 TO 03/02/2024

The line-ups for the league’s divisional cup competitions were finally decided this past weekend with the Challenge Cup seeing Wallington progress to oppose AFC Newbiggin, whilst in the league itself, the Premier Division saw plenty of goals netted, Percy Main Amateurs bagging six under the ‘Friday Night Lights.’



It was a weekend which saw two of the four quarter-finals take place in the Benny Bowl, and another game caught-up in the Bill Gardner Cup, with that of Wallington and Ponteland United progressing in the former, and Percy Main Amateurs, emphatically, in the latter; as for the league itself, there was plenty of goals witnessed with lower division sides Heaton Stannington A, Hazlerigg Victory, and Blyth Rangers, all winning big…



Only two games were played in the Premier Division at the weekend, Seaton Delaval taking the plaudits following their 4-2 road win at West Moor & Jesmond; Matthew Griggs scored early in the first, and late in the second, for two of Delaval’s goals, whilst Liam Laidler also netted for the victors who led 2-0 at the break.

Michael Aslett halved the deficit at the start the second half before Euan McLaren restored the two-goal lead on the hour; five minutes later and Hugo McNicol’s effort kept the hosts within touching distance, before Griggs completed the scoring late on.

In the other game, Gateshead Rutherford and Stobswood Welfare played out a 1-1 draw, both goals coming in the first half; Luke Burns opened the scoring for the hosts after six minutes, Tom Johnston equalising just after the half hour mark.  


North Shields Athletic hold a two-point advantage in the First Division, from second place Wideoepn, the former winning 4-1 at home to Whitley Bay Reserves, whilst the latter were held to a goalless draw against visiting Newcastle East End.

At NSA, leading by two with two in hand, both Ethan Brown and Jay Barber bagged first half doubles and wrapped up the scoring by the half-hour; with Wideopen, and fourth place East End firing blanks, third place Gosforth (also with games in hand) continued their own title charge following a 3-0 win at home to Whitburn & Cleadon, Joe Hughes scored twice and Josh Spurling the other, they sitting five points off top spot.

Rothbury are pushing for a top five finish and helped their cause with a 2-0 success away to Newcastle Benfield Reserves, Adam Bains and Bobby Stone both netting; Alex McEwen netted the only goal as Willington Quay Saints won 1-0 at Forest Hall Celtic, and James Kelly bagged a brace for Newcastle Unviersity A in their 2-1 win over visitors Hexham, James Reay replying. 

In the remaining game in the division the spoils were shared on Tyneside as Newcastle Blue Star U23s and Winlaton Community drew 2-2, Alex Humble with a brace in the opening thirty for the hosts, Kieran Priestley and Kelvin Thear netting in the closing stages to snatch a point.


The top two in the Second Division bagged themselves eleven goals, without conceding, as goal-difference separates that of Heaton Stannington A and Hazlerigg Victtory, the Stan’s second string however having three games in hand.

Speaking of Heaton, they eased to a 6-0 win away to Amble as regular scorer, Andy Tallen, bagged himself a brace, and was joined on the score-sheet by Tomas Boothroyd, Charles Nagel, Marcus Peters, and Ryan Bailey; Hazlerigg meanwhile, they won 5-0 when home to Whitley Bay Sporting Club, Kris Emmett with a brace of spot-kicks setting them on their way whilst further goals were netted by Shayan Dalvand, Lewis Howe, and Mitchell Ramsay.

Blyth Town Reserves were the only other side in the division to pick up three points, Ellis Logan and Reece Farrell netting in their 2-0 home win over Ellington; meanwhile Wallsend Boys Club and Benton drew 2-2, and the game between Morpeth and Newcastle Chemfica Amateurs finished 1-1.


Three games were played in the Third Division at the weekend, with some twenty-two goals scored, nine of which arrived in the match between Blyth Rangers and their visitors, Wideopen Reserves, under the Friday Night Lights.

Three braces were bagged by the hosts, that being via Reece Hogg, Ryan Cockburn, and Shane Errington, Connor Leason also scoring for the Rangers as they claimed an emphatic, 7-2 win, replies coming via Jack Pattison and James Costello.

Callum Hall scored twice in Gatehsead Redheugh’s 4-2 win over Whickham U23s, Dylan Swann scoring twice in reply, whilst at Heddon United, and another six goas scored, Gabriel Klemper bagged a hat-trick as Great Park won 4-2, Michael Wright with a brace in reply.


Two of the four quarter-final matches were played in the Football Safety Officers Association Northumberland FA Benevolent Bowl with away wins witnessed for that of Wallington, and Ponteland United.

High-flying Wallington, they dismissed title rivals and hosts, Alnwick Town, in a game which saw some six goals scored, the visitors netting two in each half, the visitors reducing the deficit when Ross Straughan headed home just after the hour, then again when Michael Laws despatched a penalty, however, braces from the Greens’ Jordan Nellis and Ben Turnbull continued their fine season.

Ponteland meanwhile, they overturned an interval deficit when away to holders Newcastle Independent, Jermaine Metz having netted for the hosts after just fifteen minutes for an interval lead; James Walker equalised for the Pont on the hour and, with fifteen remaining, an own-goal saw the visitors earn a hard-fought, 2-1 success.

The only other cup game played came as First Division Bedlington were soundly beaten off their Premier Division visitors, Percy Main Amateurs, the in-form Mackenzie Sharp firing a nineteen-minute, second half hat-trick, in a 7-1 success; goals from Daniel Souter and Ben Bradburn had the Main two goals to the good at the break, prior to a second half onslaught.

Jordan Stephenson bagged what was the Main’s fourth, between Sharp’s first two goals, the visitors plundering three goals in five, second half minutes, and, after Sharp had completed his hat-trick, Mark McDonnell wrapped up the victors’ scoring with sixteen remaining, Matty Ord with a consolation for a shell-shocked Bedlington in the closing minutes.

Dates and venues are also now in place for the leagues’ divisional cup finals – Challenge Cup, Combination Cup, Amateur Cup, and Neville Cowey Cup – and can be found on the league website homepage.

Please note, ALL MEDIA REQUESTS to be put to the league Press Officer, via email, petermann78@hotmail.com, no later than midnight, seven days prior to each final.

Peter Mann BSc (Press Officer)

This entry was posted on February 1, 2024

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