East End setting the pace in Tyneside Amateur League

Newcastle East End are setting the pace at the top of the Tyneside Amateur League after another successful week.

Firstly they saw off Lindisfarne Custom Planet Reserves 5-0, with Michael Baxter and Steven Gonze both bagging braces and Dario de Santos also on target.

They then had four more strikes from Baxter to thank for a 4-1 win over Blyth Town Development as they maintained their unbeaten start.

Bedlington Juniors beat Forest Hall YPC 6-0 in midweek to hold down second place. Tommy Wilkinson, Andy McLennan, Scott Marshall, Ethan Paige (2) and Darren Percy were their goalscorers.

North Shields Athletic Reserves are third after three wins out of three. Leeroy Odd netted twice in their 3-1 success at Newcastle Chemfica Reserves, with Nicholas Bramwell also on target. Nick Lord scored for Chemfica.

West Jesmond are also unbeaten and they sit fourth in the table after two wins and three draws. Their 1-1 draw at Ryton and Crawcrook Albion Reserves saw Stephen Cain’s goal for the hosts cancelled out by Andy Matthewson, but they then travelled to Ponteland United Reserves and won 1-0, with Gary Wilkinson claiming the only goal.

That result spoiled Pont’s own unbeaten start, after they had drawn 0-0 with Gosforth Bohemian Reserves in midweek.

Ryton meanwhile claimed their first win of the season as they beat Forest Hall by the odd goal in five. Mark Patterson and Aaron Wright scored for Forest Hall, but goals from David Kings, Chris Henderson and Cain again saw the points head back across the Tyne.

A remarkable week for Newbiggin Hall saw them claim just two points despite netting eight goals. Their first epic encounter was a topsy turvy clash with Wardley, who took the lead with a great 20-yard strike, only for Connor Wilson to level up for Hall. Wardley then regained the lead, only for Jordan Wilson (2) and Jonathan Anderson to put Newbiggin Hall 4-2 ahead.

Wardley then found two goals in the final ten minutes, the second a penalty in the final minute, to level the match at 4-4, and it could’ve been better for the visitors but for two great late saves from Hall custodian Chris Saunders. Wardley’s scorers were Nicholas Lowther, Liam Charlton, Bradley Nicholson and Aidan Willis.

The drama was not over, however, as Hall welcomed Newcastle Medicals on Saturday. Taking an early lead through Liam Burns, they were quickly pegged back, and although Jonathan Anderson gave them the lead again, Medics had again squared the game by the interval. Kieran Ellis restored the home side’s lead, only for Faisal Fufail to sensationally strike home from fully 45 yards for a third Medicals equaliser.

Jordan Wilson thought he had won it for Hall in the 88th minute as he headed home, but another late penalty concession proved costly for them, as Medics earned a point in the dying seconds. Their other scorers were Dan Ramshaw, Matthew Smith and Ross Brown.

Finally, Stobswood Welfare and Blyth Town Development shared the points in a 2-2 draw. Jack Henderson and Rikki Hume scored for Welfare, with Andy Bell and Sam Watts earning Town their point.