Welfare move to within two points of Tyneside Amateur League leaders

Stobswood Welfare won again to move to within two points of leaders Hazlerigg Victory in the Tyneside Amateur League.

Dean Kirtley gave Wardley the lead at the Welfare with a first half penalty, but Stobswood stormed back with five second half strikes from Rob Baker, James Oliver (2) and Jacob Baker (2).

Ryton and Crawcrook Albion Reserves claimed their first league win of the season, beating Newcastle Chemfica Reserves 5-1 to move off the bottom of the table.

Ponteland United Reserves earned themselves a 3-1 win over Newcastle Medicals in the league, with Myles Candlish and Darren Parkes on the scoresheet.

Pont also progressed in the Northumberland FA Minor Cup without even kicking a ball as their tie was decided by walkover.

In the other ties, two of the league’s clubs impressively progressed at the expense of higher-ranked opposition.

Hazlerigg Victory travelled to Hexham, returning with a 3-0 win thanks to goals from Dale Pearson and Alex Patterson (2).

Meanwhile, North Shields Athletic Reserves had Leeroy Odd and Bradley Smith (2) to thank for their success by the same scoreline against Blyth Isabella.

Gosforth Bohemian Reserves and Blyth Town Reserves both won 9-2 against opposition from north Northumberland, in North Sunderland and Highfields United respectively.

Netting for Bohs were David Hodgson (4), Colin McLaughlin (3), Adam Sirett and John Randall.

Lindisfarne Custom Planet Reserves were also in the goals as they beat Fawdon Piper 10-1, and Newcastle East End returned from City Church Newcastle with a 4-0 success.

Forest Hall YPC, however, bowed out at the hands of New Fordley, despite a valiant effort in a game which could have gone either way.

Meanwhile, Stobswood Welfare had progressed into round three the previous weekend when they saw off West Jesmond 1-0, meaning that eight of the league’s clubs remain in the competition, added to two representatives in the Durham FA Minor Cup, Ryton & Crawcrook Albion Reserves and Wardley.