Hazlerigg Victory and Gosforth Bohemian Reserves will meet in the semi-final of the Tyneside Amateur Legaue’s Neville Cowey Cup after triumphing in their last-eight ties on Saturday.
Gosforth negotiated a tricky tie against West Jesmond by a 3-1 scoreline, Paul Mulhearn heading home an Adam Sirrett corner in the first half to give them the lead. In the second half Kevin Turnbull doubled their advantage and Mulhearn doubled his own tally, with Matthew Robinson scoring for West Jesmond.
Hazlerigg meanwhile brushed aside Blyth Town Reserves 8-0, having been 6-0 up by half-time. Three players – Richard Coulson, Alex Patterson and Dale Pearson – netted twice, with Ryan Graham and Gary McRoberts also on target, as Mark Bullock’s side warmed themselves up nicely for next weekend’s Northumberland FA Minor Cup semi-final against holders AFC Newbiggin.
In the league, Lindisfarne Custom Planet Reserves notched up only their second win of the season, against the same opposition against whom they registered their first back in August. Chris Conway had been the scourge of Newcastle Chemfica Reserves that day, netting both strikes in a 2-0 win, and it was he who levelled the scores in the second half after Austin Godino had given Chemfica the lead. Substitute Ryan Fenwick shot home from close range to win it for Lindisfarne in the dying minutes.
Hazlerigg’s day was made even better as the sides in second and third in the table both dropped points.
Wardley moved off second from bottom position in the table with a 1-0 win over third-placed Stobswood, with Anthony Kew netting the only goal.
There was a similar scoreline at Forest Hall YPC, who went down to a Dan Troughton strike for Ponteland United Reserves, who move into the top half.
There was another quiet afternoon for North Shields Athletic Reserves, whose matches this season have seen an average of six goals a game. They lived up to that tally but were forced to settle for a share of the spoils against Newcastle East End in a 3-3 draw. Nicky Henderson, Daniel Hunter and Leeroy Odd scored for Shields, but Scott Parker bagged a brace for East End and Harry Johnson earned them a point.
Bedlington Juniors meanwhile lost to bogey side Ryton and Crawcrook Albion Reserves for the third time this season, going down by the odd goal in seven. Ethan Page and Darren Percy (2) scored for Bedlington, but a pair of goals each from Steven Cain and Ryan Latimer ensured victory for Ryton.