Leaders New York suffer defeat

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LINDISFARNE Athletic moved into fourth place in division one of the Tyneside Amateur League with a 3-1 win at leaders New York.

Grant Richardson bagged a brace and Johnny Storey also netted, with Billy Simmons replying.

New York had moved to the top in midweek when an early Simmons goal gave them a 1-0 win at Winlaton The Queens Head.

They held onto top spot thanks to Cullercoats Reserves, who beat West Jesmond 1-0 with a great goal from John Ball.

Third-placed Walker Central Reserves also suffered another defeat, 2-1 at home to Wardley, for whom Bradley Nicholson notched a double. Mark McDonnell scored for Central.

FoWS Diggers and Heaton Rifles shared eight goals and the points. Matt Attridge, Matty Hayton, Chris Maddocks and Ian Mulroy scored for Diggers, but Nigel Hull, James Cooper (2) and Steven Welsh levelled the match.

Gosforth Bohemian Reserves continued their recent good form with two wins - beating Walker Central Reserves 3-1 before dispatching Chemfica Reserves 4-1. Matt Buckley, Pete Hall and Rhys Tapner scored in the former, with Paul Bell replying for Walker. Tapner then netted a hattrick against Fica, with Nick Chance adding the fourth. Martin Dixon netted the consolation.

Chopwell are a win away from the division two title after a 5-1 win at Stobswood Welfare. Rowland Lee and Derek Waters both hit doubles with Alan Rennison adding the fifth, Aaron Carruthers netting the sole reply.

Only North Shields Athletic Reserves can now catch Chopwell, and they beat Ponteland United Reserves 3-1. Leeroy Odd, Anthony Skipsey and Ryan Bailey netted for Athletic, with Ryan Murphy on target for Pont.

Newcastle Medicals maintained second with a 4-0 win over Gosforth Bohemian A. Matty Carnell, John Steel, Simon Lyon and Mark Tobin were their marksmen.

Kenton Bar Community are also in the battle for second and they beat Newcastle East End 4-0. Dan Brown, Sam Hands, Reece Webster and Gary Winter were on the scoresheet.

The semi-final line-ups of the Neville Cowey Cup and John Hampson Memorial Trophy are now complete.

Kenton Bar topped Group A with a 2-1 win at Lindisfarne with goals from Sam Hands and Grant Raynor, despite a late Grant Richardson goal. Kenton will face New York, while West Jesmond play Lindy.

Goals from Jimmy Bell and Matty Carnell gave Newcastle Medicals a 2-0 win at North Shields Town, although both teams had already been eliminated.

Likewise Ponteland United Reserves and Gosforth Bohemian A, where Pont ran out 3-0 winners thanks to Daniel Mupungu, Kevin Fairley and Daniel Baird.

In the John Hampson Memorial Trophy, Heaton Rifles and Cullercoats drew 3-3, meaning Winlaton The Queens Head play Stobswood Welfare in one semi-final, with Gosforth Bohemian Reserves facing Cullercoats Reserves in the other.

FoWS Diggers beat Newcastle East End 4-3 in an inconsequential game. Matty Hayton (2), Scott Shiel and Dave Tait scored for Diggers, with Jamie Esson and Kristian Gilbert (2) netting for East End.

The final of the Tyneside Amateur Challenge Shield between FoWS Diggers and West Jesmond is this coming Friday (April 19), kick-off at 7pm at the UTS Stadium in Dunston. All are welcome.