Gosforth Bohemian Reserves continued their unbeaten start to the season but had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Ponteland United Reserves despite a Colin McLaughlin strike.
Kennie Malia’s Pont side have now lost just one of their last five games after a tough start to the campaign.
Hazlerigg Victory returned to winning ways with a 5-1 success over Ryton & Crawcrook Albion Reserves. Louis Sneddon celebrated a hat-trick for Hazlerigg, with Kurt Blacklock and Alex Patterson also on target for Mark Bullock’s table toppers.
Stobswood Welfare are in second, only two points behind with a game in hand after a 2-1 win at Forest Hall, who drop to fourth. Having gone behind in the first half, Jacob Baker’s free kick right on the whistle saw them level at the interval, and Rob Baker won it for them after the break.
Third placed Blyth Town Reserves recovered from falling behind in the first minute to strike late and win 3-2 at Lindisfarne Custom Planet Reserves despite being reduced to ten men.
Bedlington Juniors are up to fifth after an emphatic 7-1 success at Newcastle East End.
There have been 43 goals in the seven games North Shields Athletic Reserves have been involved in so far this season, six of them on Saturday as they beat Wardley 5-1. Alex Hline was another man netting a hat-trick, whilst Andy Crow bagged a brace against the nine-man visitors.
Newcastle Medicals helped themselves to a 3-0 success at Newcastle Chemfica Reserves, who have had a difficult start to the season.
West Jesmond meanwhile were flying the flag for the league in the Northumberland FA Minor Cup, and saw off higher level opposition by beating Wideopen and District 2-1 to move into round two.