Tyneside league top two maintain their advantage

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The top two in the Tyneside Amateur League both won tricky looking games in division one at the weekend.

Leaders Walker Central Reserves avenged an earlier defeat to Gosforth Bohemian Reserves by winning 7-1 at Benson Park. Mark McDonnell, Jordan Robertson, Paul Bell (2) and hat-trick hero Brian White were their goalscorers, with a sole reply from Pete Hall.

Lindisfarne Custom Planet are just three points behind after a 4-2 win over West Jesmond. Martin Wardale bagged a brace and David Brown and player-manager Anthony Fawcett were also on target, while Chris Barr and Michael Robinson scored for West Jesmond.

Heaton Rifles avoided defeat for only the second time this season as they drew 1-1 with Chemfica Reserves, who moved up to third on goal difference ahead of Bohs as a consequence of their heavy defeat.

Division two leaders Ryton & Crawcrook Albion Reserves extended their lead to two points with a 6-4 win at Newcastle Medicals. James Burns and John Steel both scored twice for Medicals, but a Ryan Latimer hat-trick, a Stephen Spoors brace and an own goal saw Ryton home.

New York moved into second with a 5-3 win at Gosforth Bohemian A. Billy Simmons (2), Gary Stanners (2) and Stevie Craig scored for New York, with Colin McLaughlin (2) and John Randall scoring for Bohs.

Stobswood Welfare moved up to fourth with a 5-2 win over Ponteland United Reserves. Stefan Tweddle scored twice for Welfare, who also had Robert Baker, Aaron Carruthers and Stephen Gibbard on target, whilst Kevin Fairley and Daniel Gallagher scored for Pont.

North Shields Town finally achieved their first league win of the season at the eighth attempt as they beat Tynemouth 3-2. Calvin Pringle netted twice for Town, with Gary Blythe also on the scoresheet. Josh Lloyd and Dale Walton scored for Tynemouth who sadly remain without a point.

Meanwhile in the Northumberland FA Minor Cup, Hazlerigg Victory were unfortunate to be eliminated after a strong performance against New Fordley, leading 3-2 in extra time but being pegged back before going down on penalties.

North Shields Athletic Reserves also perished 4-2 at higher ranked opposition in the form of Willington Quay Saints, but Newcastle East End won 7-0 at Hedgeley Rovers, while FoWS Diggers beat Benwell Hill 3-2.