Bedlington close gap on North Shields Athletic Reserves
The big game at the top of the Tyneside Amateur League saw two sides level on 35 points in second and third face off in Bedlington Juniors and West Jesmond.
Bedlington had the better of a tight cup semi-final between the teams just a fortnight earlier, and they again took the spoils as goals from Karl Porter and Andrew McLennan saw them to a 2-1 win.
Bedlington are now unbeaten in ten games, winning nine of them, and are now just three points behind leaders North Shields Athletic Reserves, who could only draw 3-3 with Ryton and Crawcrook Albion Reserves, despite twice being in a winning position. James Auchterlonie bagged a brace and Daniel Haggerston also netted for Shields, but strikes from Scott Fothergill, Michael Robinson and Peter Maxwell earned a point for the visitors.
Newbiggin Hall picked up a second consecutive victory to move up to 11th in the table as they beat Blyth Town Development 3-2. Nathan Lowdon scored twice and Jonathan Anderson also netted for Newbiggin Hall, who moved above their opponents in the table.
Forest Hall YPC picked up their first win in six games with a 4-0 win at basement side Newcastle Chemfica Reserves. Goals from Mark Patterson, Paul Ridley, James Milner and Aaron Wright won the points for Forest Hall, who sit sixth in the standings.
Stobswood Welfare are unbeaten in eight matches – four wins and four draws – as they put a halt to the winning run of Gosforth Bohemian Reserves. Bohs had won four straight league games and five of their last six since a 2-2 draw at Stobswood in November. Saturday’s result was the same, with goals from Jon Paul Bradley and Stephen Salter for the hosts being cancelled out by Jacob and Robert Baker.
Newcastle East End are up to third place, ahead of West Jesmond on goal difference, after a 7-1 win over Newcastle Medicals. Jamie Richardson scored four times, with Derek Lowson netting a pair and Carl Wilson also on the scoresheet. The sole Medicals consolation was scored by Steve Carnell.
Wardley picked up an impressive 4-1 win on the road at Lindisfarne Custom Planet Reserves. Bradley Nicholson celebrated a hat-trick and was joined on the scoresheet by Carl Clarke. Paul Pentelow scored for the hosts.
Ponteland United Reserves beat Killingworth YPC 3-0 with a brace from Myles Candlish and a sole strike from Scott Hulse.
The league are on the lookout for potential new clubs for the 2016-17 season, as well as potential new management committee members including anyone interested in being league secretary.
Anyone who has an interest in either should email Neville Cowey on [email protected]