Champions on top after win over Shankhouse

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Blyth Town’s Ian Herron, Stephen Howes and Michael Bowman netted second half goals to see off Shankhouse and take the South Newsham side into pole position of the Northern Alliance premier division.

North Shields Athletic had Scott Jasper, Stephen Ardley and Sean Millington hit the net against Killingworth Station, who had Paul Dunn, Martin Roper and Michael Latimer celebrating themselves.

Carl Begbie and Robert Hamilton struck for Walker Central at Wallington but they are still seeking their first win as they were pegged back by a Ben Fenwick penalty and John Paxton back-heel.

Whitley Bay A’s Chris Bell shot home against Ashington Colliers, who took a point thanks to David Brown’s effort while it ended goalless between Rutherford and Carlisle City.

Michael Armstrong and Paul Newton-Eddy crashed in for Red House Farm in their success against Hebburn Reyrolle, who replied through Aidan McCaffery and Robbie Frame.

Tony Thirkell, Kev Hay and Linton Smith lashed in for Whickham Sporting Club at Northbank. The Cumbrians pulled one back through Stuart Hill.

Percy Main are looking to bounce back into the premier division at the first attempt and goals from Daniel Sneap and a Sam Thompson penalty gave them a maximum return at Ponteland United in division one.

Hot-shot Zak Tulley banged in four for New Fordley as they won a nine-goal thriller at Blyth Isabella. Lee Ellison got the other with Dan Carr, Paul Huck, Darren Walker and Andrew Davison netting for Isabella, who are still seeking their first points.

Alex Nesbit, Chris Brandon and Nikki Whitelaw were on the scoresheet for Wallsend Boys Club at Birtley Saint Joseph’s, who replied through James Bowman and Martin Guy.

Richie May and John Amos fired in for Cullercoats but Hexham had Tom Hocking and Connor Thompson net to take a point.

It also ended in a draw at Newcastle Chemfica, whose scorers were Richard Bissessur, Tommy Bainbridge and Steve McLaughlin. Mark Race, John James Eke and Chris Glass notched at the other end for Bedlington Terriers Reserves.

It ended goalless between AFC Newbiggin and Cramlington Town, two of the sides fancied to be challenging for honours come May.

The match between Heddon and Wooler was abandoned after 20 minutes when a player suffered a broken leg.

Newcastle Benfield Reserves went to the top of the table clash at Shilbottle CW with goals from Philip Watson, Connor Brown and Richard Hoggins.

Robert Jefferson hit a first half hat-trick as Grainger Park demolished Wideopen. Steve Matthew and Steven Knox both bagged braces and David Gowing and Shaun Sager got the others in an emphatic win.

Swalwell struck four times in the first half to see off Cramlington United – Danny Igo (2), David Stephenson and Brian Allen doing the business in front of goal.

Jamie Symington headed Forest Hall in front against Seaton Burn with Jack Gourley adding a second. Ryan Spragg pulled one back for the visitors with ten minutes to go, but Andy McBride sealed the points with a stunning free kick.

An own goal put High Howdon ahead against Gateshead Leam Rangers with Liam Barrett pulling it level.

It ended all square at Lindisfarne Custom Planet who netted through Adam McCulloch and Nigel Morris with Dominic Schievetta and Ryan Taylor replying for Alnwick Town Reserves.

It was a similar story at Willington Quay Saints whose hit men were Noel Clynch and Andrew McBeth against Whitburn – strikes from Nick Little and Andrew Spears ensuring a point apiece.

Connor Graham hit two for Longbenton and Tony Woods got the other but the Bulls were denied a win with goals from Matt Slater (2) and Dan Surley for visitors West Allotment Celtic Reserves.