Percy Main continue to lead the race in first division

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Percy Main Amateurs’ fantastic start to their league season continued in style as The Villagers chalked up another impressive win last Saturday.

Gosforth Bohemians became the latest side to succumb to the table toppers as Main took the points with a 4-1 success.

It was the first time that the sides had met since Main’s last season in the Northern Alliance first division during the 2009-10 campaign, during which Main had won 1-0 at Gosforth’s Benson Park and in the corresponding game, it was honours even in a 1-1 draw at Purvis Park, thanks to a rare Micky Haley strike.

And it was Haley, one of only three players in the squad who had played in the game five seasons ago who scored one of his side’s goals, Joe Betts and goalkeeper Rob Rodgerson being the other players who had featured during the previous encounters.

Bohemians themselves, having beaten Cramlington Town 3-0 during their previous run out seven days previous, presented a tough challenge to The Villagers’ unbeaten run, but further goals from Betts and a brace from in-form striker Chris Laidlaw, who took his tally to seven from the last three games, put paid to the home side.

With ten league games completed, Percy Main are now a third of the way through their league season and currently sit top of the table by eight points from second placed Cullercoats with nine wins and a draw from those games.

They have scored 29 goals during those games, equal the tally for the entire 2013-14 season, while with only eight goals conceded, The Villagers boast the division’s meanest defence.

It has been an astonishing turnaround for the side who were relegated from the league’s top tier at the end of last season and are looking to bounce back at the first attempt.

Main also have an interest in silverware as well and will contest the Northumberland Senior Benevolent Bowl and the league’s Combination Cup competition during the month of October.

Both games will present a stiff test for The Villagers with Alliance premier division side Red House Farm, who currently occupy third slot in the table behind runaway leaders Blyth Town and Carlisle City, due to contest the Bowl tie on October 18, and a week later an away tie at Wallsend Boys Club Seniors, who have been the only side to have drawn against The Villagers this term, beckon in the second round of the Combination cup.

Percy Main’s Sam Thompson, who had netted during the previous three games, currently leads the goal scoring charts with 11 goals from 11 games to date, Laidlaw has eight, while Dan Sneap has six to his name and with a large squad to chose from their is keen competition for places throughout the side.