Welfare closing in on top half of Tyneside Amateur League table

Stobswood Welfare have moved onto the coattails of the top seven after a successful week saw them pick up six points.

Sean Anderson and Jacob Baker celebrated hat-tricks in their 9-1 win over Killingworth YPC, with Robert Baker, Stefan O’Brien and manager Stefan Townsley also on target, Kyle Stocks netting for Killy.

Anderson then netted the only goal as they returned from Newcastle Chemfica Reserves with a 1-0 win on Saturday, and with games in hand on most of the teams above them, they will be looking to continue to push on up the table.

The big game at the top saw third placed Ponteland United Reserves up against North Shields Athletic Reserves, one place and three points above them at the start of play. However, it was Kennie Malia’s Pont side who ran out victors by a resounding 5-1 scoreline. Daniel Mupungu and Daniel Troughton both bagged braces with Darren Parkes also on target, with Harry Johnson netting the sole consolation.

Pont move above Athletic into second place, seven points behind leaders Bedlington Juniors, whose scheduled opponents Newcastle Medicals were unable to raise a side.

Fourth-placed Gosforth Bohemian Reserves saw Sam Payne, Stephen Salter and David Hodgson net in a 4-1 victory over Killingworth YPC, for whom Marc Dixon scored.

Forest Hall YPC are in fifth, but had to settle for two points in the week. Firstly, they drew 3-3 with Newcastle Chemfica Reserves, squandering a 2-0 lead to trail 3-2 before equalising in the closing moments of an exciting game. James Milner, Gary Rutherford and Paul Ridley scored for Forest Hall, while substitute Carl Lumsden was instrumental in the Chemfica fightback.

Mark Patterson then added to an own goal in Hall’s game with West Jesmond on Saturday, but a brace from Ed Shanks ensured another draw, this time 2-2.

There was also a draw at Wardley, where Joseph Beattie’s goal for the hosts was cancelled out by Sam Watts for Blyth Town Development.

Finally, Monkseaton FC A returned from Ryton and Crawcrook Albion Reserves with an impressive 3-1 win to strengthen their position in ninth in the table.