Royal Arms enjoy league and cup wins

AFTER another long season, the curtain came down last weekend.

The league and cup sponsors were thanked for their support, as was Bedlington Terriers FC for use of their facilities for the finals and fixture secretary Paul Turner for getting all the games played.

Once again, the team to beat was Burradon and New Fordley who enjoyed a clean sweep of trophies – winning the premier division, Randolph Cup, George Davison and the Alan Davision cups.

Division two saw North Shields Royal Arms romp away with the league.

They also won the Eric Anderson Cup to complete a double.

Ashington Central, who led the table for most of the season, finally finished in fourth place. Ashington Bubbles clinched runners up spot with a late surge, finishing above Bedlington Community who had the same points has the Central as just one point separated second and fourth.

Ashington Bubbles did win the JD Marnock Cup beating local rivals Ashington White House.

AE Phoenix joined the league this year. They turned up every week and although they failed to gain a point all season they made a lot of friends and most of the sides had nothing but praise for this club and their young players.

At the start of the season, they failed to retain the David Crighton Cup, getting beat off Billy Mill from the Cramlington League while went out in the NFA Sunday cup at the semi-final stage and lost in the first round of the All England Sunday Cup.

Runners up spot went down to the last game between Ashington Mortimer and Blyth Comrades. Comrades won on the day to finish runners up.

Division one was a very close race between Ashington Grand, Cowpen Percy Arms, South Beach. However, the Grand over the closing weeks beat their nearest rivals and secured the title.

The Percy Arms finished runners up with South Beach and Whitley Lodge Kittiwake not far behind. These four sides should be in the premier division next season.

Cowpen Percy Arms did win the Saints Shield, beating the Grand in the final.

Other teams in the division never lived up to the promising starts they had. High Street went undefeated early on, however, they lost their way and plummeted down the league. Blyth Seahorse should have been pushing for honours but fell away midseason.