Tyneside Amateur League newcomers Ryton and Crawcrook Albion Reserves got off to a flying start with a 10-3 win over Ponteland United Reserves in division two at the weekend.
Matty Fothergill and Matthew Grayson both celebrated hat-tricks for Ryton, with Ryan Latimer bagging a brace and Michael Robinson and Chris Henderson also scoring. Gareth Brack, Ryan Murphy and Daniel Mupungu netted in reply for Pont.
Fellow new boys Tynemouth FC made champions New York sweat, taking the lead shortly before half-time through Dale Walton. Substitute Steven Brown equalised for New York just after the interval, but Jurdgen Regazi put Tynemouth back in front with 20 minutes to play.
Paul Noon then missed a penalty for New York and it looked as if their luck was out as a host of chances went begging. However, they were not to be denied as Brown levelled in the 92nd minute, and almost from the restart Danny Henderson netted a dramatic winner for New York.
The other new side in the league are Hazlerigg Victory, who put up a strong showing but went down 2-0 to Gosforth Bohemians A with a header from David Hodgson and a ‘thunderbolt’ from Gregg Lang, who was their player of the year in 2012-13.
Stobswood Welfare also made a winning start, but they fell behind early on to North Shields Town when Drew Bryson netted. Tim Hamilton scored twice and Stefan Tweddle and Aaron Carruthers added to that to give Stobswood a 4-1 success.
Meanwhile, Lindisfarne Custom Planet are top of division one after a 2-1 success over FoWS Diggers. Peter Lowery and Paul Richardson scored for Lindy, with David Tulip replying for Diggers.