Best possible start for Hall in Tyneside Amateur League

Tyneside Amateur League newcomers Newbiggin Hall got off to the best possible start with a 3-1 win against Newcastle Chemfica Reserves.

After Jamie Smith missed an early chance, Jonathan Anderson headed home their first goal of the season, before doubling his tally inside 25 minutes.

Osas Samson pulled one back for Chemfica, but Dan Embleton made the game safe late on with another header.

Wardley are the early league leaders after a 4-1 win against Newcastle Medicals. Anthony Kew staked an early claim for the golden boot with a hat-trick, with Carl Clarke adding a fourth for the victors. Neil Freeman netted a consolation for Medics.

Also off to a strong start are Forest Hall YPC, who beat Stobswood Welfare 3-0. Welfare had been the better side before Forest Hall took the lead, but Michael Sutcliffe bagged a brace and Mark Patterson made sure of the points for the hosts.

The other side to make a winning start were Newcastle East End, 3-2 winners at Ryton and Crawcrook Albion Reserves. Nathan Sheppard and Steven Cain scored for Ryton, but a pair from Steven Husband and a Chris Johnson strike ensured the points returned to Swans Rec.

The remaining three games were all drawn, the most exciting clash coming as the other debutants, Killingworth YPC, travelled to Lindisfarne Custom Planet Reserves, with the sides sharing eight goals. A brace of penalties had Lindy two goals to the good, although Killy had levelled the scores by half-time, with the sides again both netting twice after the break. Cal Floyd (2), Mark Hunter and Darren Martin scored for Lindisfarne, with Kyle Stocks (2), Nathan Bell and Craig Scott ensuring a share of the spoils.

Blyth Town Reserves and West Jesmond drew 1-1, with goals from Andy Bell (Blyth) and Marc Cowley (Jesmond), while the score was the same between Bedlington Juniors and Ponteland United Reserves, with Scott Marshall and Daniel Troughton netting respectively.