West move point clear with win over Medicals

WEST Jesmond won their game in hand to move a point clear at the top of division one in the Tyneside Amateur League with one game to play.

They saw off Newcastle Medicals 4-0 with goals from Michael Reay, Jed Manuel, secretary Adam Finch and manager Chris Barr.

The key remaining fixtures see Walker Central Reserves host Cullercoats Reserves on March 17, with West Jesmond travelling to New York the following Saturday.

New York consolidated third place with a tight 3-2 success at Gosforth Bohemians Reserves. Paul Noon, Billy Simmonds and the prolific Danny Henderson were on target for the victors.

Blyth Isabella gained a second comprehensive away win in succession, this time 7-1 at struggling Cullercoats Reserves. Matthew Lavender celebrated a hat-trick for Isabella. Cullercoats’ scorer was Marc Hunter.

(FoWS) Diggers continued an impressive ten-game unbeaten streak, seven of them victories, with a 5-3 win over High Howdon Social Club. Matty Hayton and Stuart Tait both bagged a brace and Scott Shiel also netted for Diggers. Scott Dodds moved to 31 for the season for the visitors, who also had Shaun McCarthy and Gary Salmon on target.

Blyth Town Reserves, having lost 6-1 the previous week, won by the same scoreline this time against Grainger Park Boys Club.

There is semi-final action on Saturday in the John Hampson Memorial Trophy.

The top two in division one, West Jesmond and Walker Central Reserves, meet at Benson Park in Gosforth at 1pm, while New York and (FoWS) Diggers kick off an hour later at Ponteland Leisure Centre.

In division two, Longbenton’s hopes of taking third were dented by Lindisfarne Athletic, who triumphed 2-1 thanks to goals from Grant Richardson and Jonny Storey. Anthony Peel’s hit the Bulls’ goal.

Group A of the North East Amateur Challenge Shield saw surprise away victories for Ponteland United Reserves, 1-0 at Cramlington Town A, and Chemfica Reserves, who saw off Winlaton The Queens Head 2-1.

In Group B, Heaton Rifles won yet again, this time 4-1 at home to Wardley.

North Shields Town and Gosforth Bohemians A shared six goals, Gary Blythe (2) and Simon Rice netting for Shields while Mark Envy, Daniel Ford and Wayne Marshall levelled it up for Bohs.