Planet in pole position in Tyneside Amateur League

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Lindisfarne Custom Planet moved themselves into pole position for the division one title with a 3-1 win at Benson Park against Gosforth Bohemian Reserves.

After a tight opening 20 minutes it was Lindy who opened the scoring after Peter Lowery headed a corner into the path of Paul Richardson who netted from close range.

Bohs came back into the game and played some neat football, forcing one good save from Lindy keeper Andrew Toothill, but it was Toothill’s goal kick that led to the second as a Bohs defender could only flick it into the path of Nigel Morris, who lobbed oncoming keeper Ross Thomas for Lindisfarne’s second just before the break.

A noticeably nervous Lindisfarne dealt with huge Bohs pressure in the second half, although the closest the home side came was a free kick from Pete Hall which smashed off the post.

In the closing moments the prolific Jonny Storey added a third to seal the win for Lindisfarne, although a frantic five minutes of added time saw Grant Richardson dismissed and Adam McKinney netted a consolation for Bohs.

That result leaves Walker Central Reserves needing to beat West Jesmond by six clear goals on March 22 in order to deny Lindisfarne the title, while the best that Newcastle Chemfica Reserves can now hope for is second place.

The other division one game saw North Shields Athletic Reserves come from behind to draw 1-1 with West Jesmond, the goals coming from Stephen Callaghan (West Jesmond) and Marc Crammond (North Shields).

Meanwhile, two semi finals were down for decision in the North East Amateur Challenge Shield. Newcastle East End travelled to Stobswood Welfare, taking a single goal lead into the break courtesy of Harry Johnson.

However, second half goals from Rob Baker and a brace from Jacob Baker saw Stobswood finally break their semi final jinx and qualify for the final.

Their opponents in what promises to be an excellent final will be New York, who saw off Gosforth Bohemian A 3-2 at Heaton Terrace.

Liam Bainbridge, Lindsay Collinson and Gary Stanners were on target for New York, with Colin McLaughlin and John Randall scoring for Bohs.

In the quarter final of the Neville Cowey Cup, Ryton & Crawcrook Albion Reserves saw off Walker Central Reserves by a 5-1 scoreline.

Stephen Spoors bagged a brace, while Shane Barbarel, Wayne Benson and Michael Lowdon also netted for Ryton, with Adetayo Blessing Dina scoring for Central.

Ryton now face Stobswood Welfare in the semi final, with Lindisfarne meeting East End in the other.