The weather finally relents

AFTER a break of nearly two months due to the adverse weather across the country, Morpeth Sunday League finally saw some action this week.

East Chevington booked their place in the semi-finals of the George Cave Cup with an impressive 3-0 win away to Felton FC.

Paul Smith bagged a brace and Peter Godfrey with a single strike saw them through.

In the Lewin Cup Quarter-Final, hosts Bedlington Station Railway advanced to the last four with a nail-biting 3-2 win over Stobswood Welfare.

Andrew Carr, Chris Dobey and Liam Candlish the home marksmen, David King and Anthony Wade replied in vain for the visitors.

Newbiggin Bankhouse upset the form book to seal a semi-final berth as they beat runaway league leaders Bedlington Barrington Arms 1-0 at home in the Dobfar Cup. Leading scorer Karl Davison, with the solitary goal, claimed a well-deserved victory.

It was also derby day in Division Two, as Amble Dock Hotel played hosts to fierce rivals River Coquet FC.

It was a typical derby as both teams set out to claim local bragging rights.

Karl Taylor netted for the home side but the much-improved River outfit had strikes from Lance Burton and John Spears to thank for a 2-1 victory – although probably the biggest hero was Coquet keeper Mark Robson, who saved a spot-kick to keep his side’s lead intact.

Ellington punished an under-strength Alnmouth Argyle with a 11-0 home win. Adam Nevin and Gaz Brotherton both hit hat-tricks and Dean Short (2), Lee Buckler, Darren Middleton and Andrew Neil completed the rout.

Elsewhere, Pegswood Ex Servicemen eased into the semi-finals of the NFA County Cup with a 4-1 win at home to North Shields Formica. Lee McAndrew, David Chivers, Stu Marshall and Paul Straker were their scorers.

Red Row Brick Club bowed out of the NFA Minor Cup as they lost their third round tie 2-1 away to Lemmington Social, but Bomarsund had better luck as they secured a place in the last eight of the same competition with a scrappy 2-1 win away to The Eagle Blyth.

Goals from Ross Muter and Kris Grey (penalty) just did enough to see them through.