Bedlington Juniors claimed an excellent 3-1 win at Forest Hall YPC to move a point behind their hosts and into fourth in the table.
Frankie Storey gave Forest Hall the lead with a sublime chip from 30 yards early on, but Andy McLennan took a ball on his chest, turned and fired low into the corner for a superb equaliser on the half hour.
In the opening ten minutes of the second half, McLennan was twice quickest to react to parries from the home goalkeeper as he completed his hat-trick and earn Karl Porter’s side the points.
There was another goal fest featuring North Shields Athletic Reserves, this time as they surrendered the lead three times to draw 3-3 with Ponteland United Reserves. Nicky Henderson scored for Shields as did Leeroy Odd, who bagged a brace. John McAdam, Dan Troughton and Daniel Mupungu earned a point for Kennie Malia’s side, though it could have been three but for a penalty save from home custodian Lewis Boyle.
There were eight goals at Wardley as they shared the points with Lindisfarne Custom Planet Reserves. Dean Kirtley celebrated a pair for Wardley, with their other goals coming from Aaron Coote and Bradley Nicholson. Lindisfarne’s goalscorers were Chris Conway, Chris Darrol, Liam Shanley and Will Thomson.
Hazlerigg Victory continue to top the pile, but they were made to work against Blyth Town Reserves. Stephen Henton and Dale Pearson earned Mark Bullock’s side a 2-0 win and extended their lead at the top to 15 points.
Gosforth Bohemian Reserves are now second after a 3-0 win at Newcastle Medicals. Bohs’ only loss this season came on artificial turf at the hands of North Shields Athletic Reserves, but they did not come unstuck this time as goals from Colin McLaughlin (2) and Kevin Turnbull won them the game.
Stobswood Welfare were held to a 1-1 draw by Newcastle East End, who picked up their fourth draw in six matches. Elliott Pate scored for East End, with Scott Arries on target for Stobswood.
Finally, the first goalless draw in the league this season saw Ryton and Crawcrook Albion Reserves and West Jesmond cancel each other out and take home a point apiece.