Hazlerigg Victory bounced back from the previous week’s cup final disappointment to claim four points out of six this week and secure the Tyneside Amateur League title.
They fell behind twice to goals from Ryan Latimer and Nick Bryant of Ryton and Crawcrook Albion Reserves, but found levellers from Dale Pearson and Kurt Blacklock to earn a vital point.
On the same night Gosforth Bohemian Reserves therefore had the chance to close the gap but were held to a 1-1 draw by Newcastle East End, despite a free kick from Adam Sirrett. That meant that just one more point would mathematically guarantee the title for Hazlerigg.
They achieved it and more on Saturday, seeing off Newcastle Medicals 11-0 to claim the title in style. The prolific Dale Pearson smashed home six times, along with goals from Sean and Gary McRoberts, Darren Howey, Sean Bates and veteran Mark Davison.
Bohs, for their part, confirmed second spot when they beat Stobswood Welfare 4-1. Jon Paul Bradley, Andy Thompson, Colin McLaughlin and Pete Moscardini scored for Gosforth, Jacob Baker netting for Stobswood who had drawn 0-0 with West Jesmond in midweek.
Jesmond added to that point when Jack Higson scored the only goal in their win over Newcastle Chemfica Reserves.
Ryton and Crawcrook Albion Reserves will finish third after their storming run in the second half of the season, guaranteeing the berth with a 5-0 win over Lindisfarne Custom Planet Reserves. Chris Henderson and Steven Cain both bagged braces, and Nick Bryant was on target again.
Lindisfarne, however, had something to cheer earlier in the week when they beat North Shields Athletic Reserves 3-1, despite a goal from Leeroy Odd. Cal Floyd celebrated a pair for Lindy, with Liam Shanley adding the third.
Hazlerigg Victory and Gosforth Bohemian Reserves will compete for more silverware as they contest the Tyneside Amateur Challenge Shield Final on Wednesday, May 6, at 6.45pm, with Percy Main Amateurs kindly playing hosts at Purvis Park – all are welcome.