New York close gap on leaders

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NEW York emphatically won 6-2 at Chemfica Reserves to close the gap on division one leaders Walker Central Reserves to a single point.

Billy Simmonds netted a hat-trick, Liam Bainbridge bagged a brace and Danny Henderson also netted.

North Shields Athletic Reserves claimed a quarter-final spot in the North East Amateur Challenge Shield with a 2-0 win over Newcastle East End, Anthony Skipsey was on target.

West Jesmond moved back into third with a 3-2 win over Heaton Rifles.

Chris Barr, Jed Manuel and Gary Wilkinson scored for Jesmond, Dominic Hall and James Cooper replying for Rifles.

The bottom two shared four goals and the spoils at Axwell View. Chris Dunn and Mark Waugh both netted for Winlaton The Queens Head, with Graham Martin and Aydin Kocak earning FoWS Diggers a point.

Gosforth Bohemians Reserves were leading Wardley 4-2 when the game was abandoned due to a serious injury, while Cullercoats Reserves game against Walker Central fell victim to overnight rain.

The big game in division two saw Chopwell beat Stobswood Welfare 2-0 with goals from Irving Ruddick and Craig Willis.

Gosforth Bohemians A however lost ground in second with a 2-2 draw with Ponteland United Reserves. Jon Paul Bradley and Gregg Lang struck for Bohs, but Kevin Fairley and Ashley Parker earned Pont a point.

It also finished all square between North Shields Town and Newcastle Medicals, who had Ross Brown and Ben Scott on target, with a Matthew Slater brace levelling the game for Shields.

Sam Hands scored a brace to help Kenton Bar Community on their way to a 3-1 win over Four Lane Ends Club. Gary Winter added the third, with Steven Morrison grabbing the consolation.