Welfare pegged back before hitting late winner in Challenge Shield

There were some cup ties down for decision on Saturday in both the Neville Cowey Cup and the North East Amateur Challenge Shield, and both games were decided by the odd goal after exciting contests.

In the North East Shield, Stobswood Welfare travelled to division two leaders Ryton & Crawcrook Albion Reserves and established a 4-1 lead by half-time, but were pegged back to 4-4 before netting a dramatic last gasp winner.

Jacob Baker, Rob Baker, Aaron Carruthers, Daniel Cornish and John Spears netted for Welfare, with Michael Lowdon, Mark Lowdon and Craig Jelley (2) scoring for Ryton.

Meanwhile in the Neville Cowey Cup, Lindisfarne Custom Planet travelled to FoWS Diggers, taking the lead early on through Stephen Dynes. They were pegged back shortly afterwards by an own goal, which eventually took the game to extra time.

Three goals in the extra half hour from Ryan Fenwick and Jonny Storey (2) saw Lindy home, despite a further pair of Diggers strikes.

Lindy’s cup game gave Walker Central Reserves the chance to extend their lead at the top of division one, but they instead went down 2-0 at home to North Shields Athletic Reserves, for whom Chris Chan and Nathan Bromen scored.

Chemfica Reserves moved up to second with a 2-1 win at West Jesmond despite going down to ten men. Gary Wilkinson scored for Jesmond but Jamie Briggs and Carl Lattimer won it for Fica.

Wardley meanwhile picked up a resounding 5-1 win over Gosforth Bohemian Reserves. Bradley Nicholson bagged a brace and was joined on the scoresheet by Carl Clarke, Dean Kirtley and David Ravenhall, with Pete Gadsden netting in consolation.

Just six points separate leaders Walker with seventh placed West Jesmond as the division hits the halfway mark.

Hazlerigg Victory meanwhile moved back into second place in division two, just two goals behind Ryton with a game in hand, as they won 4-1 at Gosforth Bohemian ‘A’ to avenge an opening day defeat to Bohs. Kurt Blacklock, Richard Coulson, Dean Gallagher and Stephen Henton scored for Hazlerigg, with John Randall on target for Bohs.

Ponteland United Reserves moved up to fourth with a 4-2 win over Newcastle Medicals, with goals from Kevin Fairley, Ryan Murphy, Daniel Mupungu and Darren Parkes. Ross Brown and Mark Tobin scored for Medicals.

Newcastle East End registered their first league win of the season with a 2-1 win at North Shields Town, despite missing an early penalty. Adam Lockey scored for Town, but goals from Jamie Betts and Kristian Gilbert won it for East End.