Half Moon rises to take place at top

Morpeth Sunday League Round-up

DIVISION ONE

THE race for the Division One title looks like it could be an open affair as the leader changed again after Sunday’s games.

Stakeford Half Moon sit top of the division as they had strikes from Andrew Carr and Joe Moscrop to thank for a 2-1 home win over Red Row Brick Club, who replied through Paul Jewson.

Pegswood Ex had a great 3-1 win at Woodhorn Lane to move them up to third. Ashley McAlpine gave them the lead but John Paxton levelled up for the home side, but further strikes from Wyn Fremlin and Stu Marshall sealed the points for the visitors.

The big local derby saw Bomarsund SC host Choppington Travellers Rest, and it was a bottom-of-the-table clash as both teams have had surprisingly poor starts to the season.

The Bomar moved away from bottom spot with their first league win thanks to a great second-half performance. The first half was end-to-end with the lead changing hands three times.

Darrey Reay was lively for the visitors and bagged a great hat-trick for his side but Ross Muter (two), and Josh Laverick made it 3-3 at the half, but as soon as Muter completed his hat-trick early in the second period, there was only one winner.

Laverick grabbed his second against his old club and Kris Grey struck a late penalty to see the hosts win 6-3.

DIVISION TWO

ASHINGTON RAOB will take some stopping in Division Two as they again won easily away from home. Keith Douglas (three), Mark Race (two), Ben Harmison, Stu Douglas and Shaun Gibson saw them thrash hosts Felton FC 8-0 to make it seven out of seven in the league.

Village Inn kept on track for a promotion spot as they won 6-2 at home to Alnmouth Argyle.

Blackthorn Rovers continued their fine winning streak with a 7-3 home win over Morpeth Riverside Lodge. Carl Sayer hit a treble, Craig Appleby (two), Dan Webb and Andrew Timson completed the scoring for the home side. Darren Percy (two), and Mark Chapman were on target for the Riverside.

East Chevington had a Peter Godfrey hat-trick to thank as they got back to winning ways with a 4-1 victory at home to Amble Dock Hotel, for whom Karl Taylor scored. An own-goal helped the Tute seal the points.

River Coquet FC hosted Newbiggin Bankhouse and the points were shared in an eight-goal thriller.

Andy Taylor struck two penalties and Lance Burton and Liam Ramsey got the Coquet goals in a 4-4 draw.