Bedlington Juniors only one win away from Tyneside Amateur League title

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Bedlington Juniors are just a win away from the Tyneside Amateur League title after taking maximum points twice in the week.

They won 7-2 at a depleted Newcastle Medicals, with Trae Rowlandson netting a hat-trick, and Simon Cunningham, Robert Eastway, Andy McLennan and Karl Porter also scoring. John Steel and Martin Walton scored for Medicals, who did have a win to celebrate three days later as they beat Killingworth YPC 4-0, thanks to a Matthew Carnell hat-trick and a Mark Tobin strike.

Bedlington also won 4-0 on Saturday as Tommy Wilkinson celebrated a treble and Darren Percy completed the scoring against Wardley.

The big game at the top was a tight affair between Gosforth Bohemian Reserves and Ponteland United Reserves, settled by a 90th minute lob from Bohs manager Pete Moscardini. Stephen Salter had given the hosts the lead before the break, with Gareth Brack equalising in the second period.

Pont have won 11 of their last 14 games, though, including a 7-0 win over Monkseaton FC A earlier in the week. Connor Brumwell was another hat-trick scorer, and was joined on the scoresheet by Joseph Billham, Gary Oliver, Darren Parkes and Daniel Troughton.

There were contrasting back-to-back matches between Blyth Town Development and Newcastle Chemfica Reserves, the first being a goalless draw at South Newsham, but goals from Carl Lumsden, Osas Samson and David Jones saw Fica take the reverse fixture 3-2.

Stobswood Welfare picked up a 1-0 win over West Jesmond thanks to a Sean Anderson goal, but then went down 4-2 to Newcastle East End, who netted through Derek Lowson (2), Dean Bell and Mario Savutka. Lowson had also bagged a brace in their 5-1 win at Newbiggin Hall, along with goals from Savutka, Abou Kanoute and Jamie Richardson.

Nathan Lowdon scored for Newbiggin Hall, as he did so again on Saturday when they went down 5-2 to West Jesmond. Paul Burr added the other for Newbiggin, whilst the evergreen Doug Cranston was another hat-trick scorer, being joined on the scoresheet by Kester Young and towering centre half Stephen Callaghan.

Finally, a Peter Maxwell brace saw Ryton and Crawcrook Albion Reserves claim three points at the expense of Killingworth YPC.

The league’s cup finals will take place next week at Newcastle Benfield FC in Walkergate. Saturday, May 14, at 2pm, sees the Tyneside Amateur Challenge Shield Final between North Shields Athletic Reserves and Bedlington Juniors, whilst on Tuesday, May, 17, at 7pm, West Jesmond and Ponteland United Reserves will contest the Neville Cowey Cup final.