A five-star performance from Rifles secures win

HEATON Rifles netted five times at Chemfica Reserves to claim their fifth consecutive victory to climb into fourth place in the Tyneside Amateur League division two.

A brace from Dominic Hall, Carl Stoker, Craig Volpe and a second successive goal for player-manager Ian Robson saw Rifles home, with Dean Stonebanks and Andrew Bruce goals providing mere consolation for Chemfica.

Longbenton are hot on their heels after four goals without reply at Wardley.

David Short gave them the lead in the first half and added a second after the break. David Kane scored a penalty and substitute Richard Charlton put the gloss on Longbenton’s victory.

In the other division two game, Gosforth Bohemians A beat bottom of the table North Shields Town by the odd goal in three.

Chris Bowe and Will Wycks struck for the home side, with the Town counter from Simon Rice.

Gosforth Bohemians Reserves beat West Jesmond by the same scoreline to move off the bottom of division one.

Marcus Burn and Andy Thompson fired Bohs into a two-goal lead by half-time, and they held on despite Michael Robinson’s second half goal for Jesmond.

Walker Central Reserves meanwhile moved seven points clear at the top with a 5-0 success at home to Grainger Park Boys Club, thanks to goals from Craig Atkin, Marc Donaghey, Darren Jackman and a pair from Shaun Oldham.

Meanwhile there were mixed fortunes for the league’s clubs in action in the third round of the Ideal Stelrad Northumberland FA Minor Cup.

The all-Tyneside Amateur League clash saw Blyth Town Reserves progress 3-0 at the expense of Cullercoats Reserves, while (FoWS) Diggers also went through with a highly impressive 2-0 victory over Northern Alliance second division outfit Bedlington Terriers Reserves.

Also into the quarter-finals by virtue of victory over Northern Alliance division two opposition are Newcastle Medicals, who beat off North Shields Athletic 5-1 at John Spence School.

Last season’s beaten finalists Blyth Isabella sadly bowed out of the competition.

They lost 3-1 at Wallington of the Northern Alliance first division, while High Howdon Social Club also went out to similarly ranked opposition in Chemfica, despite yet another goal from the prolific Scott Dodds.