Royal Arms win first silverware of the season

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BURRADON and New Fordley retained their first trophy of the season when they defeated Blyth Comrades 3-0 in the Alan Davison Cup held at Bedlington Terriers’ ground.

Things could have been a lot different as the Comrades should have been 2-0 up in the first ten minutes but failed to take their chances. It spurred Burradon on and Graeme Cairns was on hand to slide home Craig Johnson’s cross.

In the second half, the Comrades came out and put Burradon under pressure. But a quick ball upfield to Burradon’s Ian Lee saw him unleash a 25-yard strike which the keeper seemed to have covered but the ball went straight through his legs.

And with ten minutes to go Lee scored his second with a powerful header.

The Eric Anderson Final, also held at the Terriers ground, saw North Shields Royal Arms beat New Hartley 3-0 in a close game. Hartley’s keeper Elliott kept his side in the game until he was finally beaten after 65 minutes when Alan Batiste crossed for Les Thompson to score.

Thompson then fired home a penalty before Batiste scored with time running out.

In the only premier division game to be played, Milbourne Arms gained three valuable points as they beat Newbiggin 2-1.

In division one Ashington Grand were heading for defeat with seven minutes left at home against Blyth Seahorse. However, the Grand came fighting back and scored three goals.

Cowpen Percy Arms continued their push for promotion with a 5-0 away win against Blyth Masons Arms.

Monkseaton Arms had two players scoring hat-tricks in their 7-0 home win against Ashington White House. John Wyres and Gary Parker were the scorers, the other goal was an own goal.

In division two, a few surprises have seemed to open up chances for other clubs to challenge for promotion.

Blyth Ridley Park won 3-2 at home against Bedlington Community. Ross McLeod scoring the winner with almost the last kick.

Cramlington Phoenix also pulled off a shock by beating the Bay Horse 2-1. Mark Race and Karl Cox scored for the Phoenix. Darren Robinson was on target for the Bay Horse.

Ashington Bubbles had a comfortable 5-0 win against Marden Residents with goals from Kris Allington (2), Steven Gardener (2) and Graham Dawson.

In another Ashington derby, the Central and Grand Street shared the points in a 3-3 draw.

West Allotment won 5-0 at home against Newsham Willow Tree with goals from Sam Todd (2), Michael Hartley, John Leach and Scott Purcell.