Culllercoats denied final place by Blyth Town

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CULLERCOATS Reserves were knocked out of the Tyneside Amateur League Challenge Shield at the semi-final stage by Blyth Town Reserves at the weekend.

Dean McCarthy had given Cullercoats the lead but an own goal levelled before the break.

After the interval Martin Robinson’s brace and a Darren Percy strike saw Blyth home.

Blyth will now play West Jesmond after they reached their second cup final in as many weeks with a hard-fought 4-2 victory over spirited Newcastle Medicals in the other semi-final.

The fourth cup competition of the season, the Selcray Bowl, got underway, with the teams in four groups of five, playing each other only once, with the four group winners and runners-up progressing to the quarter-finals.

There was a surprise scoreline in Group D as New York went down 1-0 at Gosforth Bohemians A, who had John-Paul Bradley on target.

In Group B of the North East Amateur Challenge Shield, Lindisfarne Athletic beat North Shields Town.

Skipper John Patterson netted for Shields, but Jonny Storey’s brace was enough for Lindy, who left it late to seal the points.

In Group A, division two champions Winlaton The Queens Head beat predecessors Blyth Isabella 5-1 at Shibdon Park.

Goals for Winlaton came from Lee Farmer, Ryan Latimer, Michael Robinson, Dean Hall and, for the 32nd time this season, Matty Fothergill.

The division two season is almost complete now, and the only remaining issue was resolved as Longbenton claimed third place with a 2-0 success at Ponteland United Reserves, with goals from Rob Woods and David Short – his 23rd of the season.

Heaton Rifles were left to settle for fourth after a 4-3 home loss to Wardley.

Rifles led three times through Dominic Hall, twice, and Aban Thamassebi, but double strikes from Carl Clarke and Gordon Hutchinson ensured Wardley ended their league campaign on a high and in sixth place.

In division one, Rob Dunn’s High Howdon Social Club shook off a disappointing late-season run of form with a 4-2 victory over Gosforth Bohemians Reserves, for whom Marcus Burn and Liam Riley were on target.

The irrepressible Scott Dodds netted his 4th hattrick of the season to take his seasonal tally to 34, and he was joined on the scoresheet by Adam McGill.

(FoWS) Diggers remain unbeaten in the league since September, but suffered a blip in a 2-2 home draw with inconsistent Grainger Park Boys’ Club.

Kris Mills and Stephen Robinson struck for Diggers, with Grainger Park’s counters from Rob Jefferson and Shaun Sager.