PREMIER division leaders Burradon and New Fordley had a comfortable 6-0 win at home against North Shields Gunner in the Standard Security Blyth and Wansbeck Sunday League.
Leading the scoring was Michael Chilton with a hat-trick. Paul Alexander added two more and Steve Howes rounded off the scoring.
Ashington Mortimer also started the New Year with a win at home, 3-0 against Whitley Bay Seahorse thanks to goals from Trevor Newman, Brent Aisbitt and Darren Riddell.
In a close game, the Milbourne Arms just could not match Blyth Comrades’ finishing, ending up on the wrong end of a 4-2 scoreline.
Division one saw league leaders Ashington Grand beat local rivals Ashington White House 4-1.
Blyth Masons Arms let a two goal lead slip away at home against Blyth South Beach to eventually lose 4-3.
Cowpen Percy Arms kept up their push for promotion with a hard-earned 2-0 victory away to Blyth Seahorse.
In another even game between New Delaval and Newsham and the High Street, the Street took the points in a 4-3 win.
Whitley Lodge Kittiwake went down 2-0 at home to neighbours Monkseaton Arms thanks to an on goal and a strike from Kyle Nesbitt.
Division two saw Ashington Central continue their winning ways with a not so easy 4-0 win at home against AE Phoenix.
Ashington Bubbles had to settle for a share of the points in their goalless draw at home against Newsham Black Diamond.
Ashington Grand Street and Bedlington Community’s game was decided by the Street’s super sub Alan Buller. Chris Hogg scored the other goal for the Grand Street. Richard Stobbart scored for the Community.
New Hartley had a good 3-1 win away to Blyth Ridley Park. Ian Dawson scored for the Ridley.
Goals for Hartley came from Nick Jefferson, Scott Evans and Clark Gunn.
Title favourites North Shields Royal Arms had another fine win at home 7-1 against Cramlington Phoenix.
Scott Pocklinton (3), Nicky Thompson (2), Anthony Loudre and Lee Kelly were also on the scoresheet. Martin Jobson got the consolation goal for the Phoenix.
West Allotment also had a good win at home against Marden Residents by 4-1. On target for the Allotment was Wayne O’Brien, Scott Purcell, Sam Todd and John Leach.
Marc Hunter scored for the Residents.