Only two game overcome wet weather

Once again the recent wet weather put paid to most of the Tyneside Amateur League schedule, with only two games managing to be played on artificial surfaces.

Newcastle Medicals of division two and Wardley of division one met at Walker Activity Dome in the semi-final of the John Hampson Memorial Trophy.

The afternoon got off to a tricky start for Medics, with Matthew Smith having to begin the game in goal after their goalkeeper Andrew Maddocks ended up running late due to a misunderstanding.

But before he had even arrived, he had already missed the majority of the action in the game.

The opening goal came in the 16th minute as a Wardley corner was only half-cleared to Aaron Coote, who drove home through a crowd of bodies from just outside the area.

However, the response from Medicals was tremendous.

Within a minute they were back on level terms as Ross Brown ran onto a long pass and lobbed oncoming goalkeeper Steven Heads from distance.

Inside another minute, Medicals incredibly managed to take the lead when Jonathan Wood ran onto a long diagonal pass and smashed the ball past Heads at the near post.

Maddocks then finally arrived to see a third for Medicals, with Wood stooping to head home a free kick at the far post.

Despite chances at both ends there were no further goals, meaning Medicals are the first team into the final, where they will face the winners of the other semi-final between Hazlerigg Victory and West Jesmond, scheduled to take place next Saturday.

In the only other game to be played, Newcastle East End kept up their division two promotion campaign with a 3-0 win over Tynemouth at Walker Technology College, with Kristian Gilbert, Benjamin Fish and Andrew Gillespie scoring their goals.

The league require a new secretary for next season.

Anyone who may be interested in the role can contact current secretary Brad Malcolm at