League sides miss out in finals

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LAST weekend saw the two finals of the David Crichton Memorial Cup take place.

Newcastle City Juniors defeated Cramlington Juniors 5-1, then in the senior final, a close game between Burradon and New Fordley and Billy Mill, from the Cramlington Sunday League, saw Burradon go down to the only goal of the game scored by Chris Doig in the final minutes.

George Crichton, who flies over every year from Spain for the finals, presented the trophies, with proceeds going to local charities.

The league also had sides involved in the NFA minor cup competition.

Ashington Grand, who were short of a few players, were no match for St Peters Social and went down 5-0.

Newbiggin went out 3-1 to Shankhouse after extra time.

In an all Blyth league tie, Cowpen Percy got the better of High Street 3-1.

Blyth Comrades had a good 4-2 win away to Seaton Burn Reserves.

In the premier division, The Eagle played host to league leaders Ashington Mortimer but went down 6-2.

Division one saw Blyth Masons turn their recent poor form around with a 3-2 win at home against Blyth Seahorse.

South Beach had a good 5-2 win at home against Ashington White House.

In a local derby between Monkseaton Arms and Whitley Lodge Kittiwake, the very close game was decided by a Chris Appleby goal for the Kittiwake.

A full league programme was played in the second division.

Ashington Grand Street won 3-2 at home against Blagdon Arms Cramlington.

Rohan Kaniai were no match for league pace setters North Shields Royal Arms as they went down 9-1 at home. Scoring for the Kaniai was David Clark. Scott Pocklington and Alan Bariste led the scoring for the visitors, both scoring hat-tricks. Further goals came from Chris Darren, and Les and Nick Thompson.

Bedlington Community and Ashington Bubbles drew 2-2.

Ashington Central had a good 5-2 win away at Marden Residents. Richard Thompson scored both Marden goals. Richard Hall grabbed a brace for the Central, with further goals coming from Garry Wallace, Jason Wilson and Mark Taylor.

In a very close game New Hartley just edged the points by the odd goal in seven at home against Blyth Ridley Park.

In the final game West Allotment won 6-0 at home against Cramlington Phoenix. Goals for the home side came from Michael Hartley (2), Keith Smith, Wayne O’Brien, Kriss Ross and Scott Purcell.