PEGSWOOD Ex took another step closer to securing the Division One title on Sunday as a single Stu Marshall goal was enough to settle a tight game 1-0 at Choppington Travellers Rest.
Bottom club Blackthorn Rovers found themselves in front 2-1 at home to Bedlington Station Railway, thanks to goals from Josh Bell and Vitalxi Bedakurau.
But it went downhill when the visitors then smashed seven goals to win 8-2 thanks to a Ben Lorking hat-trick and two each for Liam Candlish and star man Scott Sherrington. Jamie Chapman completed the scoring that sees the Railway move into second spot.
Ali Turvey was the hero of the derby game between East Chevington and Red Row Brick Club. His effort ensured Red Row ran out 1-0 winners.
It was a game of two halves as Stobswood Welfare hosted Bomarsund SC. Headers from John Bone and Jamie Thompson saw the Bomar go in 2-0 at half-time and it could have been more but for some outstanding saves from home goalie Karl Dryden.
However, the second half was all the home side as David Curtis and Kevin Bell struck to share the points in a 2-2 draw.
The Division Two title and promotion race was blown wide open as runaway leaders Bedlington Barrington Arms were humbled at home by Ashington Hirst Industrial. David Scott and Shaun James scored for the hosts but a double from sub Kev Chapman and strikes from Stu Smith, David Sturgeon and Mark Taylor saw the Indus win 5-2 and put themselves in the hunt for promotion.
Second-place Felton also suffered a home defeat – they were hammered 9-1 by visitors Morpeth Chantry.
David McCann was the home scorer but John Wallace (four), Rob Wilkinson, Matt Wilkinson, Peter Allaway, Steve Anderson and Adam McKay saw the Chantry record a fantastic win.
Village Inn Longframlington took advantage of the top two’s slip-ups and mauled poor Alnmouth Argyle at home 15-1.
Dan Thompson was in brilliant form, firing in no less than eight of his side’s goals. Alex Slack (three), Chris Martin (two), Stu Hoyle and Phil Bell completed the rout.
North End Trap also benefited from the day’s results as a Kev Towers double saw them win 2-1 away to Newbiggin Bankhouse, who had Dave Jobson on the scoresheet.
Ellington are also sneaking into promotion contention and they won again 2-1 away at River Coquet FC, who scored through Dan Fairbridge but Adam Nevin and Gary Brotherton continued Ellington’s impressive winning streak.
Sporting Club lost 3-0 at home to Amble Dock Hotel in the day’s final game. Karl Taylor’s double and Dane Dawson sealed the points for the Dock.