Odd hat-trick as North Shields Athletics Reserves book semi-final place

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The quarter-finals of the Neville Cowey Cup were down for decision on Saturday, with two of the four scheduled fixtures going ahead.

West Jesmond saw off Forest Hall 2-0 with a brace of late goals in a tight affair in which both teams performed admirably defending against the wind.

It took until the final ten minutes for Jesmond to break through, with full back Gareth Smith marauding forward to pull the ball back for Ali Semmence to find the net. They added a second in the closing moments as a great penalty save by Forest Hall goalkeeper was in vain as Ed Shanks tapped home the rebound.

West Jesmond will travel to North Shields Athletic Reserves in the semi-final after Athletic’s 4-0 success at Wardley.

They took the lead on the quarter hour mark after Leeroy Odd took advantage of a defensive misjudgment and lobbed beyond the goalkeeper.

Marc Crammond added a second from close range after half an hour and Odd made Wardley’s task even harder just seconds later as he ran clear and slotted under the keeper.

With 20 minutes remaining Odd completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot to secure Shields berth in the quarter finals.

In the league, Bedlington Juniors regained second spot with a 6-5 win at fourth placed Newcastle East End.

Stobswood Welfare tasted victory in their first match since mid-November as they won 2-0 at Lindisfarne Custom Planet Reserves, with Craig Danielson and Liam Brooks on the scoresheet.

Finally, Killingworth YPC won 2-1 against fellow league newcomers Newbiggin Hall, with all of the goals coming after the break.

Daniel Reay bagged a brace for the hosts, with the away side boosted by the scoring return of Jonathan Anderson, who had been so vital to their early season success.