Challenge Shield win for Chopwell


Chopwell completed a sensational double in their first season in the Tyneside Amateur League with a 3-2 win over Ponteland United Reserves in the final of the North East Amateur Challenge Shield at the UTS Stadium in Dunston on Friday night.

Having beaten Pont three times already this season and eased to the Division Two title without losing a game and dropping only four points, Chopwell started as firm favourites and took the lead inside a quarter of an hour when Kevin Regan netted amidst suspicions of handball.

However, Pont refused to give up the fight and levelled the game early in the second half when Kevin Fairley bravely beat goalkeeper Chris Mawson to the ball and found the net. However, a quick-fire brace from Craig Willis and Rowland Lee moved Chopwell clear just after the hour mark.

Pont still refused to lie down, and Daniel Gallagher set up a nervy finale by scoring inside the final five minutes, but despite a couple of scares Chopwell held on to complete a League and Cup double.

There was also silverware up for grabs in the form of the Division One title. West Jesmond went into their game with Lindisfarne Athletic in midweek needing to win to keep their hopes alive, and did so 2-0 with goals from Gary Wilkinson and Jamie Hunter.

That set up an intriguing game between leaders New York, needing just a point to secure the title, and West Jesmond, and it was the home side who came out on top 4-2.

Danny Henderson, Billy Simmons, Gary Stanners and Paul Noon scored for New York, with Dougie Cranston and Ritchie Peppiatt in reply for West Jesmond, who can still pick up silverware when they play Kenton Bar Community in the Neville Cowey Cup Final on Tuesday, May 21, at Percy Main Amateurs.

Cullercoats Reserves claimed an impressive third-placed finish with two wins in the space of a few days. First they beat already relegated Winlaton The Queens Head 7-3, when they had Luke Fergusson, Andy McVay, Steven Moat, James Ridley, Dominic Gillespie and Adam Hall (2) on target, with replies from Dan Little, Dean Hall and Lee Kelly. They then won 3-0 at Wardley when Hall and Ridley struck again, with Kevin Wharley adding the third.

Gosforth Bohemian Reserves will finish at least fifth after beating Winlaton 6-2. Pete Hall bagged a brace and Lachlan Naisby, Liam Riley, Rhys Tapner and Andy Thompson also scored. Dean Hall and Chris Heath scored the goals for Queens, who can exact revenge on Bohs in the John Hampson Memorial Trophy final on Saturday, May 25, also at Percy Main Amateurs.

Finally, Chemfica Reserves beat FoWS Diggers 2-1, with player-manager Joe Bann and Luke Spence scoring for Fica, and Matt Hayton netting in reply for Diggers, although the sides will end the season in third-bottom and second-bottom respectively.