New York slip up and fail to close gap at top of table

WEST Jesmond avenged their November defeat at the hands of Tyneside Amateur League division one leaders Walker Central to win by the only goal and remain well in with a chance of the title.

Gary Wilkinson was the man on target for the visitors.

Third placed New York failed to take advantage of Walker’s slip as they lost 2-1 to Gosforth Bohemians Reserves at Benson Park.

Marcus Burn and Peter Hall scored for the home side, with Gary Stanners netting a consolation for New York.

Blyth Isabella climbed to fourth with a 4-1 success over Cullercoats Reserves, who had the prolific David Llewellyn on target.

But goals from Kris Allington, Daniel Hislop, Matthew Lavender and Daniel Long saw Isabella home.

High Howdon Social Club returned from Grainger Park Boys Club with a 3-1 verdict thanks to a brace from Scott Dodds, who now has 25 for the season, while Gary Salmon added a third, and Robert Jefferson could only provide a sole counter for Grainger.

Winlaton The Queens Head returned to winning ways following a barren streak of one point from two games before Christmas. They saw off Gosforth Bohemians A 4-2 through strikes from Lee McGivern, Lee Farmer and a double strike for division two’s top scorer Matty Fothergill, who has 26 now this campaign. Colin McLaughlin grabbed a pair for the visitors.

Cramlington Town A’s first game for six weeks saw them return from Wardley with a comfortable 4-0 success.

Steven Elsey, Jordan Watson and David Mason (2) were the marksmen.

Arguably the result of the day was achieved by Heaton Rifles, who picked up where they left off in 2011 with their sixth-straight league win, 4-2 at Longbenton.

Ross Kennedy and David Short’s strikes for The Bulls were cancelled out by Carl Stoker, Craig Volpe and a Dominic Hall brace, as Rifles cemented their third place.

Chemfica Reserves won a nine-goal thriller against Ponteland United Reserves by a 6-3 scoreline.

Mason Stephenson will be disappointed to finish on the losing side after netting a hat-trick, but Anthony Bruce nabbed a hat-trick of his own for the home side and was joined on the scoresheet by Tim Boulton, Craig Black and Mark Purcell.

Of the league’s sides in action in the Ideal Stelrad Northumberland FA Minor Cup fourth round, (FoWS) Diggers went down 4-2 at home to Seaton Burn, and Newcastle Medicals lost 4-1 at Alnwick Town Reserves.

Blyth Town Reserves’ trip to Newcastle University was postponed, and will now be played on Saturday.