Honours even in local derby

BLYTH Isabella and Blyth Town Reserves fought out a keenly contested 3-3 draw at Cowpen in Division One.

Town will be disappointed to have only come away with a share of the spoils after taking the lead three times.

Walker Central remain top of the division after a 2-0 success at Rutherford Reserves, who had beaten them in last season’s Tyneside Amateur Challenge Shield final. Goals from Mark Donaghey and David Tulip keep Central ahead of the pack.

West Jesmond kept up the pressure in second with a 5-2 home victory over Cullercoats Reserves, who have slipped to the bottom of the pile.

Strikes from prolific Cullercoats duo David Llewellyn and Chris Connor were cancelled out by Chris Barr, Jed Manuel, Michael Robinson and a brace from Kester Young, to add to his hat-trick against the same opposition in August.

New York are now in third spot and saw off High Howdon Social Club 6-3 at Heaton Terrace.

Paul Noon, Liam Bainbridge, Adetayo Dina and Billy Simmons supplemented a brace from the division’s top scorer Daniel Henderson who now has 15 this term. Scott Dodds of High Howdon brought his tally to 12 with a brace of his own, with their third reply coming from Lee Knighton.

(FoWS) Diggers are in fifth but had to settle for a share of the spoils against Gosforth Bohemians Reserves. Danny Watt and Matty Hayton’s efforts for Diggers were matched by a brace from Marcus Burn.

The final Division One game saw Newcastle Medicals claim a much needed 4-3 home success over inconsistent Grainger Park Boys Club.

In Division Two, North Shields Town picked up a long overdue second victory of the season against Ponteland United Reserves. Matthew Robinson’s effort for the away side wasn’t enough as four strikes from John Patterson, Simon Rice and a double from John Wenn gave Shields the points.

Winlaton The Queens Head made it a perfect ten league wins out of ten, but were made to work hard for it by Heaton Rifles.

Johnny Storey of Lindisfarne Athletic, who grabbed another as his side picked up a well-earned point at Wardley Welfare Park. Further Lindy strikes came from Peter Lowery and Ryan Fenwick, but the home side countered through Carl Clarke, Dean Kirtley and Graeme Thornton to earn a 3-3 draw.

Jumping above Lindisfarne into second are Cramlington Town A, who gained a surprisingly comfortable 4-0 success over fourth placed Longbenton, thanks to goals from Dean Muckle, Steven Elsey and a Steve Rylatt double.

Gosforth Bohemians A and Newcastle Chemfica Reserves are separated by just one place in the table and were separated by nothing on Saturday as they drew one-all.

Colin McLaughlin struck for Bohs with Joe Bann replying for Chemfica.