Red Lion lose cup final against Newbiggin

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THE last of the league’s finals took place at Bedlington Terriers’ Welfare Park at the weekend.

The first final saw Newbiggin take on Earsdon Red Lion in the JD Marnock Cup with both sides mid-table in their respected divisions.

Premier division Newbiggin were the better in the early stages but Red Lion came more into the game as it progressed.

The game was held up for serious injury to a Newbiggin player who suffered a broken arm and in the end Newbiggin ran out 3-1 winners thanks to goals from Darren Burn, Tony Messenger and an own goal. Daniel Cave scored for the Red Lion.

The medals were presented by league secretary Frank Scantlebury.

The other final, George Davison Cup, division two Ashington Fox Cover faced premier division Burradon and New Fordley.

Burradon, holders of the trophy, had very little trouble retaining the cup with the Cover, who were very good at going forward, finding themselves really stretched in defence.

Cover players did themselves justice by never giving up despite the final 8-1 scoreline. Goals for Burradon came from Paul Wilary (3), Steve Howes (2), Phil Arnott, Ian Lee and an own goal. Aaron Frazer scored for the Cover.

Trophies were presented to all players, officials and mascots by Colin Bassam, of Port Training Services Blyth.

In the premier division, Ashington Mortimer are looking to finish runners up after a good 5-3 home win over Blyth Comrades. On target for the Mortimer were Martin Humble (2), Stuart Ingram (2) and Richard Brown. Scoring for the Comrades was Daniel Long, Anthony Rutherford and Terry Self.

Division one saw The Albert North Shields move closer to the title with a 3-0 home win against Blyth Masons Arms thanks to goals from Richard May, Colin Dougal and David Kerr.

Ten man Milbourne Arms came out on top at home against Rockcliffe Arms, beating their visitors 4-3. Goals for the Milbourne came from Tony Coxon, Adam Miller, David Hepples and Michael Hedley. Simon Gourley (2) and Lee Atkinson scored for the Rockcliffe.

North Shields Gunner beat Blyth Seahorse 3-1 at home. Martyn Evans (2) and Adam Burn scored their goals. Darren Carr scored the goal for the Seahorse.

The only game in division two saw North Shields Catholic Club beat Ashington White House 3-2. Goals for the Catholic Club came from long time player Ian Maholam with a hat-trick. John Appleby and Michael Old scored for the White House.