KENTON Bar Community and Gosforth Bohemians A claimed impressive scalps in the first round of the Neville Cowey Cup.
Jordan Sopp’s hat-trick saw Kenton Bar beat Gosforth Bohemians Reserves 3-0, with his second in particular a superb long range strike.
Gosforth Bohemians A pulled off an impressive 4-3 victory against Walker Central Reserves. Gregg Lang and Mark Envy both bagged braces for Bohs, with Karl Thompson (two) and Marc Donaghey replying for Walker.
Also in the hat are Heaton Rifles, who beat North Shields Athletic Reserves 2-0, thanks to goals from Dominic Hall and a long range strike from manager Ian Robson. Lindisfarne Athletic also triumphed 3-1 at Cullercoats Reserves, with two from Johnny Storey and one from Ryan Fenwick, while John Ball replied for Cullercoats.
West Jesmond got the defence of their Division One title off to the best possible start with a 7-0 defeat of Chemfica Reserves on Wednesday. Kester Young netted a hat-trick, and Stephen Callaghan, Stuart Davidson, Micky Dommett and co-manager Gareth Smith joined him on the scoresheet.
Walker Central Reserves picked up their first win of the campaign with a 4-1 win at Wardley, who had Liam Charlton on target. Mark Redhead, Ronnie Short, David Jelley and assistant boss Steve Vickers netted for Walker.
Cullercoats Reserves also picked up their first win, 2-1 at the expense of Heaton Rifles. Andy McVay and David Reid scored for Cullercoats, while Aban Thamasebi replied for Rifles.
Gosforth Bohemians Reserves and FoWS Diggers shared four goals at a Benson Park which has thankfully recovered from the effects of the summer flooding. Lachlan Naisby and Andy Thompson scored for Bohs, but Graham Martin and Kris Mills saved a point for Diggers.
North Shields Town got their campaign off to a winning start by beating Four Lane Ends Club by the odd goal in five. John Patterson, Wayne Wood and Danny Harris scored for Town, Liam Chilvers and Steven Morrison netting for Four Lane Ends.
Newcastle Medicals meanwhile showed a Jekyll and Hyde side, going down 5-0 at Gosforth Bohemians A, with Mark Envy (two), Gregg Lang, Jamie Heaton and Hector on target for Bohs. Medicals then beat North Shields Town 2-1, despite falling behind to a Wayne Wood goal. Second half strikes from John ‘Hartson’ Steel and a header from centre-half Dan Bos won it for Medicals.
Division two newcomers Chopwell have taken to the league like a duck to water, claiming a second heavy win in as many games by beating North Shields Athletic Reserves 8-0 in midweek. Alan Rennison celebrated a hat-trick and Irving Ruddock grabbed a brace, while John Meadows, Andrew Smith and Derek Waters also netted.
They then safely negotiated their passage into the first round proper of the Durham FA Minor Cup by beating Sunderland Oddfellows 2-0 with goals from Michael Clark and Niki Shepherd, although Wardley went down 2-1 at Coundon Foresters Blue Star.