IN a game worthy of deciding any title, Winlaton The Queens Head sealed the division two trophy by seeing off nearest challengers Cramlington Town A 5-3 at Cramlington Learning Village.
Winlaton had been behind twice in the first half, but strikes from Ryan Latimer, Liam Henderson, Sean Best and yet another brace from the prolific Matty Fothergil (now on 29 goals for the season) saw them home.
Cramlington, whose counters were netted by Steven Elsey, Kevin Ord and Mark McIntyre, can console themselves with the knowledge that their second place will secure promotion to division one next season.
The other division two game to be played saw North Shields Town round off their campaign with their eighth point, in a 2-2 draw with Ponteland United Reserves, who had Andy Mogwo and Connor Powell on target. However, Chris English and Wayne Wood earned Shields their point.
Heaton Rifles’ trip to Gosforth Bohemians A fell victim to a waterlogged pitch.
The quarter finals of the John Hampson Memorial Trophy were down for decision, with game of the day at Heaton Terrace between New York and High Howdon Social Club, with a surprisingly comfortable 6-0 success for the home side.
New York’s marksmen were Graham Tate, Gary Stanners (two) and a Danny Henderson hat-trick, which takes him to 32 goals this campaign in all competitions.
The remaining ties were much tighter affairs. Division one leaders Walker Central saw off Blyth Town Reserves, with Jonathon Wright getting the only goal.
West Jesmond were made to work for their semi-final place by second division Chemfica Reserves, eventually prevailing 3-2 through Alan Fenton and a Gary Wilkinson brace, with Craig Black’s double strike making them sweat right to the end.
Longbenton put up a tremendous effort away to first division (FoWS) Diggers, taking the lead inside the final 20 minutes through Jack Morris. However, Chris Chan levelled with eight minutes to play, and Matty Hayton won it for Diggers in the dying seconds of the match.
In division one, Blyth Isabella claimed a 4-1 success at Newcastle Medicals thanks to braces from Kris Allington and Scott Evans, with a consolation strike from Andrew Hall.
Gosforth Bohemians Reserves moved further away from the danger zone with an impressive 3-1 success against ten-man Cullercoats Reserves.
David Llewellyn netted again for the home side, but Marcus Burn, Liam Riley and an own goal helped Bohs claim the points.
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