Walker Central Reserves got their Tyneside Amateur league division one campaign off to the best possible start with a brace of 3-1 wins.
First off they beat Lindisfarne Custom Planet with goals from Mark Redhead and Philip Watson (2), despite an early goal of the season contender from Lindy’s Adam McCulloch from within his own half of the field. Central then saw off Heaton Rifles 3-1.
Rifles had begun their campaign with a narrow 1-0 home reverse against North Shields Athletic Reserves, for whom Steven Cherry netted the winner.
Athletic then faced FoWS Diggers but went down to a 6-1 defeat. That was after Diggers had bounced back from their opening defeat to Lindisfarne with a 4-0 success at Wardley.
Wardley meanwhile recovered from that loss by coming from 2-0 down to draw with Gosforth Bohemian Reserves. Lachlan Naisby put Bohs in front early on, with Andy Robson doubling the advantage early in the second half. Late goals from Carl Clarke and Brad Nicholson earned Wardley their point.
Ryton and Crawcrook Albion Reserves set the pace in division two, and they scored ten for the second consecutive game in midweek, against Gosforth Bohemian A.
Matthew Fothergill added another four to his tally and was joined on the scoresheet by Matthew Grayson, Ryan Latimer, Phil Hodges, Michael Robinson and substitute Wayne Benson, who added two.
Ryton then went behind to North Shields Town through a Steven Robinson goal but were level by half-time and went on to win 3-1 despite missing a penalty. Fothergill bagged another brace and Grayson also scored again.
Bohs A bounced back from that hefty midweek defeat with an impressive 5-0 win at New York, with Ian Harris, Colin McLaughlin, Andrew Russell and Darren Campbell (2) on target.
New York had taken a point from a midweek visit to Stobswood, with the game ending 1-1. Robert Baker scored for Stobswood, with Billy Simmonds ensuring a share of the spoils.
Hazlerigg Victory lived up to their name for the first time in the league with a 3-2 success at Ponteland United Reserves. Daniel Mupungu and Ryan Murphy scored for Ponteland, but a brace from Stephen Henton and one from Anthony Young won it for Mark Bullock’s side.
Ponteland, however, were to pick up their first win of the season with a 4-2 triumph over Tynemouth on Saturday. Darren Parkes scored twice with Mounir Bousiri and Ryan Murphy also on target, while Ross Meenaghan netted a pair for Tynemouth.