North Shields Athletic Reserves were beaten at the sixth time of asking as Stobswood Welfare found their form in a 4-1 success.
Goals from Jacob Baker, Jack Henderson, Jack Ashcroft and a spectacular own goal from Athletic’s Nicolas Henderson won the day for Welfare, with Leeroy Odd’s strike scant consolation.
Newcastle Chemfica Reserves held leaders Newcastle East End to a 2-2 draw. Nik Watson bagged a brace for Chemfica, earning them a point despite East End strikes from Dario de Santos and Mario Suruvka.
Second placed West Jesmond lost their unbeaten record, going down 3-2 at still undefeated Gosforth Bohemian Reserves. Two goals from Paul Dixon and one from Stephen Salter earned Bohs the spoils, although Andy Matthewson’s pair kept them sweating right to the last.
Bedlington Juniors were the only one of the top four to win, triumphing 4-1 at Killingworth YPC who netted through Kyle Stocks. David Trench, Darren Percy, Trea Rowlandson and Andy McLennan ensured the points would return to Northumberland.
Also celebrating a good away day were Blyth Town Development, who returned from Forest Hall YPC with a 7-2 verdict, with eight of the goals coming in the first half. Town took a quick two goal lead, but Hall rallied to level by the quarter hour. Blyth, however, ran away with it thereafter as their hosts collapsed. Matthew Smith and Michael Embleton scored for Forest Hall, with Andy Bell scoring for the visitors and being supplemented by braces from Sam Watts, Jack Ditchburn and Brandon Nadeem.
Ponteland United Reserves moved up to fifth with a 4-0 home success over Newcastle Medicals. The three Daniels were on target again, as goals from Troughton, Brown and Potter were added to by Scott Hulse.
Steve Guthrie and Jacques-Joe Hall netted for Lindisfarne Custom Planet Reserves at home to Ryton and Crawcrook Albion Reserves, but it was the visitors who took the points with a five star showing. Mark Lowdon, David Kings, Steven Cain and the ever-prolific Ryan Latimer were their marksmen.
Wardley meanwhile progressed to the next stage of the Durham FA Minor Cup with a 6-2 win at Barnard Castle Glaxo Rangers. Anthony Kew and Joseph Beatie both had two goals to show for their efforts, with Shaun Ravenhall and Carl Clarke completing their tally.