WEST Jesmond and FoWS Diggers met in the final of the John Hampson Memorial Trophy in last season’s Tyneside Amateur League, but this season they will contest the Tyneside Amateur Challenge Shield final after both won their semi-finals on Saturday.
Matty Hayton was the star man for Diggers as they saw off local rivals Walker Central Reserves 3-1, with Hayton nabbing a hat-trick. Sam Grieveson netted a consolation for Central.
Meanwhile a sole strike from James Tootle was enough for West Jesmond to see off a determined effort from Gosforth Bohemian Reserves. Jesmond will be looking to defend the trophy they won against Blyth Town Reserves last May.
The top four all won in division two. Chopwell moved a step closer to the title with a 5-0 success over Ponteland United Reserves. Alan Rennison bagged a brace and there were further goals from Derek Waters, Michael Clark and Rowland Lee.
Kenton Bar Community maintained second with a 3-1 win over North Shields Town with goals from John Chaplin, Sam Hands and Grant Raynor. John Patterson struck for Town.
North Shields Athletic Reserves are third on goal difference after a 5-1 win over nine-man Four Lane Ends Club. Leeroy Odd netted a hat-trick and Kevin Ging and Ryan Bailey completed their scoring, with Dylan Henaghan scoring in reply.
Newcastle Medicals are only just behind Athletic after an impressive 3-1 win at Stobswood Welfare thanks to Mark Tobin’s hat-trick. Jacob Baker scored Stobswood’s goal.
Newcastle East End fought back from 2-0 down to earn a valuable point at Gosforth Bohemian A, whose promotion hopes seem to be fading. Mark Envy and Phil Morrison had given Bohs the advantage at half-time, but Steven Glover netted twice after the break to deny them the victory.
In division one, Lindisfarne Athletic have won every game in 2013 and returned from basement side Winlaton The Queens Head with a 4-1 victory to move up to fifth. Pete Lowery, Adam McCulloch, Johnny Storey and Neil Turner were their marksmen, with Chris Henderson scoring the sole reply.
New York moved to the top despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Cullercoats Reserves. Paul Jordan netted for the hosts, but James Ritson earned Cullercoats a share of the spoils.
Also inseparable were Heaton Rifles and Chemfica Reserves, who drew 2-2. Ian Robson and Carl Stoker scored for Rifles, but Anthony Bruce’s brace meant they had to make to with just a point.
The league are inviting new applicant clubs for the 2013-14 season. Anyone interested should contact league secretary Brad Malcolm on firstname.lastname@example.org