Northern Alliance Football League roundup (March 30/31)

DURHAM FA TROPHY

HEBBURN Reyrolle went into the history books as they lifted the Durham FA Trophy for the second successive season on Friday night, writes Jon Tait.

They went ahead against Coundon & Leeholme in the 22nd minute when Channon North got on the end of a Adam Bell cross to power home, but Coundon grabbed a dramatic leveller in the dying seconds when Martin Hoolihan netted.

Sean Sweeney drilled in from the edge of the box four minutes into extra-time and the celebrations could begin in earnest when Liam Clark fired in the third seven minutes later.

Reyrolle keeper Shaun Newbrook made a couple of good stops and Bell and Carl Thorpe were impressive throughout.

PREMIER DIVISION

HEATON Stannington went back to the top of the table on Saturday as they came from behind to win at title rivals Carlisle City.

Stuart Kilgour pounced to knock in the opener for the Sky Blues from close range just two minutes after the break but Heaton levelled in the 55th minute when Michael Waggett raced onto a long clearance that evaded a back-peddling defender and he rolled a shot into the corner of the net.

Andrew Weeks won it in the 78th minute with a free-kick that took a massive deflection off the wall and spun into the net to blow the title race wide open.

Ashington Colliers hit-man David Brown crashed in a hat-trick at Ponteland United to send the reigning champions slumping back into the danger zone. Glen Bolton hit the other, with Billy Holden notching twice in reply.

Gateshead Rutherford are looking nervously over their shoulders after going down 5-1 at Seaton Delaval.

They got off to a bad start when Rhys Cairns netted after just 30 seconds and it almost got worse as their keeper pulled off a smart stop from a Abubaker Salim penalty before Ross Taylor made it all-square.

Trevor Benjamin restored the Delaval advantage then showed Salim how it should be done with the third from the penalty-spot.

Salim made amends for his miss with the fourth and Grant Kershaw rounded things off.

Stocksfield striker Ollie Rodley struck twice in a 4-0 success at Percy Main that gave the Griffins some breathing space. Carl Campbell and Steve Foster got the others.

Walker Central’s Adam Donaghy marked his debut with the opener against Killingworth after just four minutes and they never looked back.

George Weatherly beat his marker to tuck in the second 10 minutes later and, on the hour, Robert Hamilton beat three men before firing in the third. Paul Collinson completed the scoring in the 75th minute when he tapped home following a goalmouth scramble.

Dean Deagle’s 42nd minute penalty gave Shankhouse the lead against Blyth Town and the points were made safe with two minutes to go as Dean Hislop beat the offside trap and raced on to knock home the second.

DIVISION ONE

WALLSEND Town had Gary Hall, Gareth Jones and Tony Leach on target in their 3-1 win over Wallington that cut Amble United’s lead at the top of the division to four points, though the Seasiders have a game in hand.

Max Turner struck twice for Heddon as they recorded a 3-0 success against Cramlington Town, with John Pearson tucking away the other and Joe Collins’ double for Gosforth Bohemians gave them the points at Newcastle Uni, who replied through Josh Davidson.

KICKS LEISURE FIRST DIVISION SUBSIDIARY CUP, SECTION B

JAY Lomana hit the only goal of the game for Forest Hall at Morpeth Sporting in the Subsidiary Cup Group B.

DIVISION TWO

ROBERT Nolan’s 57th-minute strike gave second division leaders Red House Farm the points at Wideopen but Hexham kept up the pressure as goals from Tom Hackin, Jamie Pugh and Scott Robson sealed victory in a hard-fought game at Bedlington Terriers Reserves, who had Scott Westaway and Dylan Williamson on the scoresheet.

Louis Boddy lashed in a hat-trick for New Fordley as they demolished Alnwick Town Reserves 7-0. Craig Dunn got two and Andrew Waugh and Lee Waugh the others.

Dan Alexander’s double for Alston saw them to a good win at Harton & Westoe, whose scorer was Shaun Edwards and Matty Donkin struck twice for North Shields Athletic as they dented Northbank’s promotion hopes. Nicky Routledge netted for the Cumbrians.

Adam Gibson and Nicky Whitelaw fired in for Wallsend Boys Club but they were held to a draw by Seaton Burn who replied though Nicky Hara and Andy Bennett, while goals from Tony King, Adam McVickers and Shaun Rogan eased Swalwell to victory over Cramlington United.

PIN POINT RECRUITMENT NORTHERN FOOTBALL ALLIANCE RESULTS (Saturday, March 31)

PREMIER DIVISION

Carlisle City 1 Heaton Stannington 2

Percy Main Ams 0 Stocksfield 4

Ponteland United 2 Ashington Colliers 4

Seaton Delaval Ams 5 Gateshead Rutherford 1

Shankhouse 2 Blyth Town 0

Walker Central 4 Killingworth Sporting 0

DIVISION ONE

Heddon 3 Cramlington Town 0

Newcastle Uni 1 Gosforth Bohemians 2

Wallsend Town 3 Wallington 1

KICKS LEISURE FIRST DIVISION SUBSIDIARY CUP, SECTION B

Morpeth Sporting 0 Forest Hall 1

DIVISION TWO

Bedlington Terriers Res 2 Hexham 3

Harton & Westoe 1 Alston 2

New Fordley 7 Alnwick Town Res 0

North Shields Ath 2 Northbank 1

Swalwell 3 Cramlington United 0

Wallsend BC 2 Seaton Burn 2

Wideopen 0 Red House Farm 1

DURHAM FA TROPHY FINAL (played Friday night)

Coundon & Leeholme 1 Hebburn Reyrolle 3 (aet)