Newcastle East End claimed only their second Tyneside Amateur League win of the season as they beat Blyth Town Reserves 6-4.
Callum Gibson netted a hat-trick for East End, with Scott Parker bagging a brace and Dean Bell completing the scoring. Eoin Ridley scored a treble of his own for Town.
Stobswood Welfare moved to within four points of leaders Hazlerigg Victory ahead of their crunch clash next weekend after a 2-1 win at North Shields Athletic Reserves. It was all about the player-managers on the day, with Stefan Townsley scoring both of the Welfare goals and his counterpart Leeroy Odd on target for Shields.
Forest Hall YPC strengthened third spot with a 4-2 win at Newcastle Chemfica Reserves. Michael Embleton (2), Matthew Smith and Kieran Fenton scored for Forest Hall, with Ellis Bowman and Jamie Briggs on target for Chemfica.
West Jesmond remain unbeaten in the league but have now drawn five of their nine games, and four in a row, after a 2-2 stalemate at Newcastle Medicals. Matthew Smith and Jimmy Bell scored for Medics, but Chris Barr and Stephen Callaghan ensured a repeat of the same scoreline in the reverse fixture five weeks ago.
There were success stories for the league’s clubs in the Ideal Stelrad Northumberland FA Minor Cup.
Hazlerigg Victory travelled to Bedlington Terriers Reserves and conceded the first goal, but replied immediately through Richard Coulson. A penalty from Alex Patterson and another goal from in-form Dale Pearson sent Victory through to the last eight.
They will be joined there by Gosforth Bohemian Reserves, who beat Alnwick Town Reserves 4-2. Jon Paul Bradley, David Hodgson, Colin McLaughlin and Matthew Thompson were their goalscorers.
Lindisfarne Custom Planet Reserves also secured a berth in the quarter-finals with a 3-2 win at Cramlington United. Chris Conway was the toast of Lindy as he celebrated a hat-trick, with two goals before the break and one after, thanks to some sterling work from Adam Gourley.
Ponteland United Reserves sadly bowed out after a 4-2 loss at Red Row Welfare, despite goals from Dan Troughton and Kennie Malia, while Wardley bowed out of the Durham FA Minor Cup at the quarter-final stage against Sunderland Oddies, in spite of strikes from Anthony Kew, Nicky Lowther and Aaron Coote.