Gunner on top in North Shields cup derby game

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IN THE quarter final of the George Davison cup, two North Shields sides met for a place in the semi-final – the Gunner were at home to the Albert.

The game was very entertaining with the Gunner smarting from a 6-0 defeat to the Albert the other week.

The Gunner held a 2-1 lead up until the last few minutes but with the Albert pushing for an equaliser they were hit on the break and the Gunner put the game out of reach with a late strike.

Goals for the Gunner came from Martyn Evans (2) and Stephen Hayward. Dean Clay scored for the Albert.

The JD Marnock cup quarter-finals also took place with first division Earsdon Red Lion hosting Ashington Grand from the second division. In a very close game, Earsdon edged it 2-1, Michael Hartley and Graeme Smith getting their goals with Ross Crate replying for the Grand.

Second division Whitley Bay Bedroom were at home against premier division Newbiggin, with the visitors taking it 2-1. John Leach scored for the Bedroom. On target for Newbiggin were Colin McLellend and Tony Messenger.

In the premier division, Ashington Mortimer and Whitley Bay Cibos shared the points in a 1-1 draw. Scoring for the Mortimer was Michael Hogg with Garrick Collins replying for the Cibos.

Burradon and New Fodley moved closer to the leaders with a 4-0 away win at Blyth Comrades.

Tynemouth Gunner lost at home against The Eagle. With the Gunner chasing the game, the pace of the Eagle forwards caught them out and they ran out 5-3 winners.

Goals for the Gunner came from Chris Appleby, Fin McGoldrick and an own goal. Mathew Lavender led the scoring for the Eagle with a hattrick. Daniel Hislop and Jeff Fuller scored the other goals.

Blyth Masons Arms moved further up the league with a home win against the High Street, beating their visitors 4-1.

Monkseaton Arms had a fine 3-1 win at home against Ashington Grand Street. On target for the Arms was Liam Hudson (2) and Mark Allen. Chris Hogg scored for the Grand Street.

In a five-goal thriller, Blyth Seahorse just beat their hosts New Delaval and Newsham by the odd goal.

New Hartley and Milbourne Arms shared the points in a 1-1 draw.

Rockcliffe Arms went down at home against Monkseaton Hunting Lodge by the odd goal in three. Simon Gourley scored for the Rockcliffe. Edmond Garrett was on target for the Lodge with an own goal deciding the points.

Only two leagues games were played in the second division, with two sides pushing for promotion both winning.

Cowpen Percy Arms were made to struggle by Ashington White House before winning 2-1.

Blyth South Beach beat the youthful Bedlington Community side 4-0.