Medicals exit Challenge Shield

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CHOPWELL continued their impressive debut season with a 4-1 win at Newcastle Medicals in the North East Amateur Challenge Shield semi-final.

Rowland Lee, Alan Rennison, Craig Willis and Andrew Sager scored their goals, with Mark Blatherwick netting the Medicals consolation. The hosts also saw a penalty saved.

The other semi-final between Stobswood Welfare and Ponteland United Reserves fell victim to a waterlogged pitch. The two sides will try again next week.

Kenton Bar Community moved up to second place in division two with a 2-0 win over fourth-placed Gosforth Bohemians A, with Gary Winter bagging a brace to move to ten goals for the season, six of those coming in his last three games.

Four Lane Ends Club drop to third after being held to a draw by Newcastle East End, who are now only bottom of the table on goal difference. Daniel Taggart scored for East End, with Terry McCarthy on target for Four Lane Ends.

North Shields Athletic Reserves are fifth but have games in hand on the sides above. They saw off local rivals North Shields Town 2-0 with Leeroy Odd and Daniel Hunter on the scoresheet. Just two points separate second and sixth places, and the sides below have further games in hand in a very tight division.

The situation in division one is equally intriguing. Walker Central Reserves still lead, but fourth placed Heaton Rifles held them to a 2-2 draw. Shaun Heany and Steven Skivington scored for Walker, with James Cooper and Henry Liddell earning Rifles their point.

The sides in second and third are just a point adrift of the leaders. West Jesmond made light work of Winlaton The Queens Head, running out 8-2 winners. Dougie Cranston, Gary Wilkinson and Dan Turnbull both scored twice, with Michael Dommett and Chris Barr also on target. Chris Heath and Craig Lowdon netted in vain for Queens.

That was enough to move Jesmond ahead of New York on goal difference, despite New York’s 4-2 win at Wardley. Danny Henderson, Alan Rivett, Billy Simmons and Gary Stanners scored for New York, with Brian Crane bagging a brace for Wardley, who are in a group of five teams separated by a point in mid-table.

Lindisfarne Athletic and Gosforth Bohemian Reserves are also firmly in that pack. They faced each other, with resurgent Lindy running out 4-1 victors. Johnny Storey celebrated yet another hat-trick, his fifth of the season, with Paul Richardson also scoring. Lachlan Naisby netted the Bohs consolation.

Finally, FoWS Diggers and Cullercoats Reserves shared six goals and the points. Chris Chan, Matty Hayton and Ian Mulroy scored for Diggers, with Scott Andrews, Dean Clay and Kevin Walter earning Cullercoats a share of the spoils.

The league are inviting new applicant clubs for the 2013-14 season. Anyone interested should contact league secretary Brad Malcolm on bradmalcolm@hotmail.co.uk