Morpeth Sunday League round-up
IN the only top-flight game this week, Ashington RAOB defeated Wharton Arms 4-2 thanks to goalscorers Ben Harmison, Shaun Gibson, Darren Reay and Mark Race.
The Wharton responses were scored by Joe Moscrop and Scott Hulme.
Ashington RAOB are now joint top of the division with Amble Tavern, but they have a vastly inferior goal difference which could prove telling as the season progresses.
In the sole Division Two match, North End Trap moved to the top of the league with a 15-1 win over Alnmouth Argyle thanks to hat-tricks from Kevin Bell, Marc Nixon and Sean Anderson, a brace from Jack Small and single strikes from Josh Baston, Luke Baston, Neil Wallace and Marc Mavin.
Second-in-the-table East Chevington are a point behind with two games in hand and will be looking to capitalise on this in the coming weeks.
Amble Tavern progressed into the second round of the Lewin Cup after recording a second-leg 7-0 win over Riverside Lodge.
Brad Wake helped himself to a hat-trick, Ross Gair grabbed a brace and efforts from Liam Brooks and Jayden Hindhaugh rounded off a good day for Amble.
East Chevington took their place in the next round as they overcame Ashington Conchie 3-1. Scoring for East Chevington were Darren Smith, David Shepherd and Phil Airey. The Ashington goal was scored by Michael Freathy.
Also joining East Chevington in the second round are HMP Northumberland as they defeated Amble Dock Hotel 6-2.
On target for HMP were Ryan McCue (two) David Carr, Lee Hammond, Jason Singh and Paul Cochran. The Amble replies were scored by Carl Taylor and Matthew Spring.
Rounding off the cup fixtures this week, Morpeth Shambles recorded a narrow first-leg 2-1 victory over Amble Blue Bell with the second leg yet to be confirmed.
Finally, congratulations are in order for Stobswood Welfare as they progressed to the third round of the NFA Minor Cup with a 1-0 win over Shankhouse.
Robert Baker scored the winner.