It was a double celebration for Lindisfarne Custom Planet in the Tyneside Amateur League as they won the division one title for the first time in their history then moments later qualified for the Neville Cowey Cup final.
Walker Central Reserves went into their last league game of the season needing to beat old foes West Jesmond by a six-goal margin to take the title away from Lindy, while Newcastle Chemfica Reserves were still in with a shout of the runner-up trophy if Walker failed to win.
As it was, West Jesmond were too strong for Walker, winning 2-0 with goals from Kester Young and Douglas Cranston. Thus Gav Cushin’s side again narrowly miss out on silverware at the end of another tough season.
Lindisfarne meanwhile were facing Newcastle East End in the semi-final of the Neville Cowey Cup, requiring extra time before seeing off their division two opponents 2-1. Adam McCulloch and Jonny Storey netted for Lindy, with Andrew Gillespie scoring for East End. Ryton & Crawcrook Albion Reserves meet Stobswood Welfare in the second semi-final next Saturday.
Alex Cross’s East End side had drawn 2-2 with New York in midweek, with Jake Betts and Liam Chilvers netting both of their goals. Lindsay Collinson and Danny Henderson scored for New York.
Newcastle East End now face three key fixtures to wrap up their season in the battle for promotion from division two. First they face Gosforth Bohemian A, who can no longer finish in the top two, then must play Stobswood Welfare twice in games which will have plenty at stake for both sides.