Victory made to work to extend lead at top

Hazlerigg Victory extended their lead at the top of the Tyneside Amateur League to 14 points, but they were made to work for their 3-2 victory by basement side Lindisfarne Custom Planet Reserves.

Jack Bates and Dale Pearson (2) netted for Victory, with Luke Shanley and Chris Conway scoring for much improved Lindisfarne.

Newcastle Medicals moved above Wardley and into third bottom with a 4-2 win over Wardley. Dean Kirtley and Bradley Nicholson scored for the beaten side, but goals from Jonathan Wood and Vinny Turner and a brace from Paul McComb won it for Medics.

Bedlington Juniors beat Stobswood Welfare 3-2 in a game between two of the league’s top five. Dean Fitch, Andrew McLennan and Ethan Page gave Bedlington a 3-0 lead, with Sean Anderson and Robert Baker reducing the arrears.

West Jesmond are behind Bedlington by just two goals after a 2-0 win over North Shields Athletic Reserves. Stuart Davidson and Mark Emmerson were the men on target for Jesmond.

Third placed Forest Hall YPC lost ground as they went down 3-2 at Ryton and Crawcrook Albion Reserves. Matty Fothergill netted a pair for Ryton with Michael Robinson also scoring for them, whilst Jack Armstrong and Callum Ritson countered for Forest Hall.

Blyth Town Reserves and Newcastle Chemfica Reserves shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw, with Brandon Nadeem and Sam Watts scoring for Town, and Craig Robinson’s brace earning a point for Chemfica.

Also drawing 2-2 were Newcastle East End and Ponteland United Reserves. Gareth Brack and Daniel Mupungu scored for Pont, but Aiden Le Masurier and Osas Samson earned East End their point.