Northern Football Alliance round-up (April 14)

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PREMIER DIVISION

HEBBURN Reyrolle sent Murton crashing out of the Premier Division on Saturday, with a three-goal salvo.

Craig Watson fired home from the penalty spot then drilled in a low free-kick soon after in the first half and Liam Clark smashed in a third with a few minutes to go to condemn the County Durham side to Division One.

They trail Ponteland United by nine points with just two games to play and last season’s champions are nervously eyeing the trapdoor themselves after a seven-minute second-half capitulation to Heaton Stannington.

Gary McGarrigal rose unchallenged to head in the opener early on but Billy Holden levelled mid-way through the opening period.

It all blew up in United’s face just after the hour when Lee Johnson struck a sensational hat-trick in just seven minutes. Ben Telford’s fifth in the 90th minute added to the shell-shocked home sides’ woes.

Whitley Bay A lead the table after goals from Gav Hattrick, Liam Harris, Stewart Wright and Jack Walker earned them a win against Blyth Town, who replied through Kyle Devlin and Liam Vaughan.

Harraby’s Kyle Armstrong shot them ahead at Ashington Colliers but the Cumbrians were pegged back and their title credentials took another dent as Iain Nickalls levelled in the 75th minute.

Gateshead Rutherford took a big step towards safety with a crucial win at Stocksfield. Ed Keenan, Yanas Galas and Chris Morris all got on the end of long balls that split the Griffins’ defence to net the goals, with Chris Fairless notching a reply.

DIVISION ONE

HEDDON moved up to fourth in Division One as goals from Perry Veitch, Max Turner and Andrew Lee Davison gave them three points against Newcastle Chemfica Independent, whose goal-machine Steve McLaughlin netted twice.

KICKS LEISURE FIRST DIVISION SUBSIDIARY CUP, SECTION A

AMBLE United took a huge step towards the Subsidiary Cup Final as they demolished Group A rivals Wallsend Town 7-1.

Brent Aisbett, Adam Shanks and Rikki Hume hit two each and Darren Riddell got the other while James Mills struck the consolation.

Only Wallington can prevent the Seasiders from having a shot at the silverware and Jordan Nellis slammed in a treble in their 3-2 win at Cullercoats. Rob Watson and Sean Smith were the Cullercoats hit-men.

KICKS LEISURE FIRST DIVISION SUBSIDIARY CUP, SECTION B

NEWCASTLE Uni went top of Group B as goals from Chris Holt and Kurran Dhugga gave them the points against Morpeth Sporting. Their crunch game against Gosforth Bohemians will decide who goes into the final.

DIVISION TWO

HEXHAM reduced the gap at the top of Division Two to four points as second half goals from Ali Stobbs and Mark Gibson saw off North Shields Athletic and leaders Red House Farm went down in an eight-goal thriller against Whickham Lang Jacks.

Zak Brogden (two) and Adam Steinmetz netted for Red House but Whickham’s Ben Howell hit a hat-trick in reply and his team-mates Kev Hay and Michael Lowdon got in on the act.

Northbank’s promotion push picked up pace with a five-goal victory over Cramlington United. Mark Worrall struck twice and Matthew Read, Luke Barwick and Cameron Wilson added the others.

Steven Graham, Michael Pittuck and David Graham fired in for Harton & Westoe in their success against Willington Quay Saints, who replied through Gareth Pugh.

David Hewitt and Stevie O’Neil both bagged doubles in Seaton Burn’s 4-1 victory at Swalwell, with Thomas Ridley notching the consolation while Ryan Carr grabbed the only goal for New Fordley at Bedlington Terriers Reserves.

Wideopen raced into a four-goal lead at Alston when Chris Sword (two), David Gabbitus and Andrew Shaw netted but they took their foot off the gas and the Cumbrians pulled two back mid-way through the second half.

RESULTS (Saturday, April 14)

PREMIER DIVISION

Ashington Colliers 1 Harraby CC 1

Hebburn Reyrolle 3 Murton 0

Killingworth v Seaton Delaval Ams pp

Ponteland United 1 Heaton Stannington 5

Shankhouse v Carlisle City pp

Stocksfield 1 Gateshead Rutherford 3

Whitley Bay A 4 Blyth Town 2

DIVISION ONE

Heddon 3 Newcastle Chemfica Ind 2

KICKS LEISURE FIRST DIVISION SUBSIDIARY CUP, SECTION A

Amble United 7 Wallsend Town 1

Cullercoats 2 Wallington 3

KICKS LEISURE FIRST DIVISION SUBSIDIARY CUP, SECTION B

Newcastle Uni 2 Morpeth Sporting 0

DIVISION TWO

Alnwick Town Res v Wallsend BC pp

Alston 2 Wideopen 4

Bedlington Terriers Res 0 New Fordley 1

Harton & Westoe 3 Willington Quay Saints 1

Hexham 2 North Shields Ath 0

Northbank 5 Cramlington United 0

Red House Farm 3 Whickham LJ 5

Swalwell 1 Seaton Burn 4