A crowd of more than 200 saw Alnwick Town and Ponteland United share the spoils in an enthralling top-of-the-table clash on Saturday (April 23), writes Jon Tait.
The point apiece keeps Ponteland three points clear at the top of the table, but Town have two games in hand.
United went ahead after nine minutes when Dean Gate nipped in to clip into the net off the post.
But Alnwick levelled just two minutes later when Tony Brown stooped to thump in a header from a low corner.
And they went in front when Kev Elliott rose to glance a header over keeper Powell and into the net.
Paul Hodgson volleyed in the equaliser from 25 yards five minutes after the break.
Stocksfield’s Eddie Brazier claimed a smart double in a 5-2 victory over Blyth Town.
He was quickly onto a sloppy back-pass to clip the opener over the advancing keeper and added his second with a clever drag back then beat two men before placing his shot neatly into the net.
It was the just the tonic that the Griffins needed after a dip in form had seen them slipping dangerously close to the relegation places in recent weeks.
Robert Bergstrand made it 2-0 as he unleashed a 30-yard thunderbolt that crashed in while Wayne Stewart added a third before the break, displaying good strength to hold off a defender and slot home.
Blyth pulled one back through David Atkinson when he headed in a flick-on from a long throw, but Brazier completed his double soon after.
Graham Wilson lashed in the fifth from ten yards with Blyth adding another consolation a minute later, Jonny Mann sending the goalkeeper the wrong way from the penalty spot.
While Stocksfield breathed a sigh of relief, a number of clubs are scrutinising the table as they battle to beat the drop.
Basement side Cramlington Town gave themselves a massive boost as they came from behind to beat Wark 2-1.
Ian Rogerson fired Wark ahead, but goals from Dan Branley and Dan Neary won it for Town. Wark were unlucky not to level in the final minute as a header hit the underside of the bar and bounced out.
Gateshead Rutherford are looking over their shoulder after going down 1-0 to ten-man Harraby CC.
Harraby’s Steve Archibald had a header cleared off the line but they were then frustrated by Rutherford’s offside trap on a number of occasions.
Harraby keeper Andrew Casson was dismissed after being adjudged to have handled outside his box with full-back Jordan Coulthard pulling on the gloves and producing a couple of decent saves while Ryan Errington drilled in the winner from 18 yards.
Murton were looking to lift themselves out of the relegation places but went down 1-0 at home to Carlisle City, with Jamie Heath netting a scrappy winner. City also rattled the woodwork with a free-kick.
Walker Central stormed into a three goal half-time lead against Seaton Delaval. Nabby Benny opened after just three minutes with Grant Kershaw adding a double on 20 and 30 minutes. Steven Howes pulled one back.
Heaton Stannington hit-man Lawrence McKenna was in red-hot form and netted a hat-trick in a 3-1 victory over Shankhouse, with David Dormand replying.
It finished all-square between Percy Main and Ashington Colliers. David Brown curled in a free-kick to open for Ashington with Malcolm Morien levelling.
Simon Cunningham scored with a low shot but Percy Main player/manager Jason Ritchie equalised with a penalty ten minutes from time.
Ray Oshin grabbed a crucial winner for Hebburn Reyrolle as they closed in on the Division One title.
Oshin struck the only goal of the game in the 65th minute as Reyrolle were made to work hard for the victory by promotion-rival visitors Heddon.
Whitley Bay A moved into second spot with a 5-0 demolition of North Shields Athletic, who have now crashed to the foot of the table.
Tomi Ameobi struck twice with Ian Lee, Glen Reardon and Sean Jobson all chipping in for the Seahorses.
Graham Lacey gave Peterlee Town a surprise lead at Amble United, but it took Josh Hay just three minutes to cancel it out. Greg Dance and Sean Taylor were also on target for United before Hay added his second to round things off.
Craig Deighton, Stewart Wright, David Fairless, James Legget and Alex Burnett shared Cullercoat’s goals among themselves in a thrilling 5-3 win at Morpeth Sports.
Alex Slack shot Wallington ahead against Berwick United direct from a corner and Ben Fenwick doubled the advantage with a long range free-kick. Sub Michael Calder secured the win with a third while Andy Renton and Paul Studley were the Gosforth Bohemian marksmen in a 2-0 success at Newcastle Uni.
Stobswood Welfare’s Adam Shanks hit a double as they gave themselves a lifeline with a 2-1 win at South Shields United. Tijan Kah scored for United.
Newcastle End End also edged away from the danger zone with an important 2-1 win at Forest Hall. Although Joel Murray scored for Forest Hall, who have been in superb form of late, goals from Andrew Graham and Paul Blakes gave East End three crucial points.
Steve McLaughlin and Anthony Bruce were in devastating form as they both hit doubles in Newcastle Chemfica Independent’s 5-1 success at Whitley Bay Town.
Martin Dixon was also on target for the leaders while Chris Fairly grabbed the consolation.
Simonside left it late as they had to come back from two goals down to snatch a point at Northbank.
Goals from Luke Barwick and Lee McDermott had put the Cumbrians in control, but Sean Edwards pulled one back to give Simonside a glimmer of hope.
Andrew Quinn netted the leveller with just three minutes left on the clock to keep their promotion dreams alive.
Tynemouth United hit five against Wallsend Boys Club.
David Brunston and Steven Matthews both got two apiece with Chris Garwood also celebrating, while Leroy Odd was the Boys Club hit-man.
Nicky Hara shot Seaton Burn ahead against Red House Farm in the 16th minute and they held the lead until four minutes after the break when Zack Brogden levelled.
There were just seven minutes remaining when Robert MacDonald restored the Seaton Burn advantage and Chris Baker sealed the win with a third in the 89th minute.
Wideopen took the three points in a basement battle at Cramlington United.
Phil Grant fired Wideopen ahead in the 20th minute, but it took Paul Wieghtman just sixty seconds to level.
Mark Holt struck for Wideopen five minutes before half-time and Grant added number three in the 55th minute.
Mark Langlands pulled one back for United in the 80th minute, but the visitors held out for the points.
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SWALWELL’S Fitzpatrick twins were celebrating as they lifted the Pin Point Recruitment Amateur Cup with an extra-time victory over Wallsend Town.
Both Mark and David were on target for the Swifts as they clinched the silverware in a 4-3 thriller.
Stuart Rook shot Swalwell ahead in the 20th minute with Micky Pooley levelling things up in the 38th.
David Fitzpatrick gave Swalwell the advantage just before the break but Town came back with Ryan Arnott scoring in the 75th minute.
Tony King regained Swalwell’s advantage seven minutes into extra time, but Craig Burt levelled again two minutes later.
With penalties looming, Mark Fitzpatrick grabbed the winner with just four minutes to go.
Murton lifted themselves out of the Premier Division relegation zone as Alan Laverick and Liam Knox scored a 2-1 win over Percy Main.
Rutherford’s Chris Douglas scored twice in a 2-2 draw with Ashington Colliers, who had David Brown and Scott Bamford on target.
Seaton Delaval were 3-0 up at half-time at Killingworth Sporting, goals from Micky Grey, Michael Hall and Neil Johnston doing the damage. Andrew Johnson added a fourth before Liam Callaghan netted a consolation.
Walker Central won the East End derby with Heaton Stannington 3-0. Grant Kershaw hit two with Ian Sinclair getting the other.