KILLINGWORTH Sporting can’t win the Premier Division title – but after beating contenders Carlisle City and with Heaton Stannington still to play, they can have a big say in who does.
The clubs switched the fixture to Cumbria to beat the sodden pitches in the North East and when Ricky James fired in a superb dipping volley to give the Sky Blues an early lead, it looked like they would keep up the pressure at the top.
But Michael Bowman got on the end of a good team move to steer in a cross that levelled things up after the break and City had their heads in their hands when Peter Mulholland capitalised on a defensive blunder to hand Sporting the advantage.
The turnaround was completed when Bowman lobbed in the third from 25-yards.
It’s also tight at the bottom and Walker Central earned some breathing space as Paul Collinson struck four times at Seaton Delaval. His first-half double saw Central in control and although Trevor Benjamin pulled one back with a spectacular overhead kick, Collinson reacted quickest to knock in two more from close range at the other end.
Benjamin added a second before James Walker fired number five for the joyful visitors, with a Paul Katz late strike merely a consolation.
Blyth Town’s Daniel Long netted a hat-trick at Stocksfield that moved the visitors up to the comfort of mid-table, but sucked the Griffins into the danger zone.
Chris Fairless pulled one back for Stocksfield but Kyle Devlin added two more at the other end.
AMBLE United are Division One Champions and they lifted the silverware after a storming 4-1 win over Newcastle Uni.
Josh Hay and Adam Shanks both fired doubles, with an Ed Savitt reply sandwiched between, as the unbeaten Seasiders deservedly popped the champagne (full report on the back page).
Jorge Bollardo scored a hat-trick for Forest Hall as they saw off Morpeth Sporting and a late Rob Watson penalty gave Cullercoats three points at Heddon.
RED House Farm have been sensational in storming to the top of Division Two, but with the season’s end fast approaching, they are starting to wobble.
They went down 2-0 at Alston with goals from Andy Hall and Jordan Norris giving the Cumbrians the win.
Andrew Shaw’s double gave Wideopen the points against Cramlington United and strikes from Kane Chirnside, Ryan Ferrier and Gareth Pugh saw Willington Quay saints to victory against Swalwell. Tony King scored for the visitors.
PIN POINT RECRUITMENT NORTHERN ALLIANCE, PREMIER DIVISION:
Killingworth Sporting 3 Carlisle City 1
Percy Main Amateurs v Harraby Catholic Club pp
Seaton Delaval Amateurs 3 Walker Central 5
Shankhouse v Heaton Stannington pp
Stocksfield 1 Blyth Town 5
Amble United 4 Newcastle Uni 1
Forest Hall 3 Morpeth Sports 0
Heddon 0 Cullercoats 1
Alston 2 Red House Farm 0
New Fordley v Northbank pp
North Shields Athletic v Alnwick Town Reserves pp
Seaton Burn v Whickham Lang Jacks pp
Wallsend Boys’ Club v Hexham pp
Wideopen 2 Cramlington United 0
Willington Quay Saints 3 Swalwell 1
FRIDAY, APRIL 27
PIN POINT RECRUITMENT NORTHERN ALLIANCE, PREMIER DIVISION (kick-off 6.15pm):
Harraby CC v Gateshead Rutherford
SATURDAY, APRIL 28
PIN POINT RECRUITMENT NORTHERN ALLIANCE, PREMIER DIVISION (kick-off 2.30pm):
Blyth Town v Shankhouse
Carlisle City v Ashington Colliers
Heaton Stannington v Killingworth Sporting
Murton v Ponteland United
Walker Central v Stocksfield
Whitley Bay A v Hebburn Reyrolle
Amble United v Heddon
Forest Hall v Newcastle Uni
Wallington v Newcastle Chem Ind
Wallsend Town v Cullercoats
Alnwick Town Res v Whickham LJ
Alston v Cramlington United
Hexham v Swalwell
Northbank v Seaton Burn
Willington QS v Bedlington Terriers Res