ELLINGTON FC won the first silverware of the season in a cracking ACS Dobfar Cup Final on Sunday.
Ellington met North End Trap Broomhill at Ashington’s Woodhorn Lane ground and they flew out of the blocks and were 3-0 up inside the first half-hour. But a resilient Trap never gave up and the match was a great affair that was in the balance until the final whistle. However, Adam Nevin, with two goals, and one each from Gary Brotherton and Andrew Neil ensured the young side edged a thriller 4-3 to lift the trophy.
Pegswood Ex and Woodhorn Lane will face each other in this season’s Challenge Cup final as they both won home ties in their semi-finals.
Ex eased past Bedlington Station Railway 5-1 with goals from Ross Donnely, Shaun Henderson, Wyn Fremlin, Ashley McAlpine and David Chivers. Ben Lorking hit the visitors’ consolation.
Woodhorn Lane entertained Choppington Travellers Rest and goals from John Paxton, Chris Moffit and David Hepple saw them claim a 3-1 win. Once again, Steven Young was on the scoresheet for the Travs.
Division One basement club Blackthorn Rovers have endured a torrid season as the young outfit have lost all 15 of their previous matches but they finally secured a point with a 2-2 draw at home to East Chevington in a game many remarked they should have won.
Mark Collins and Chris Cook got the hosts’ goals with David Shepherd and Peter Godfrey earning the Tute a point. However, the day belonged to Rovers as they were rewarded for their ever-improving performances.
Bomarsund SC moved up a few places in the division with a good 6-3 home win over Red Row Brick Club as top-scorer Kris Grey finally found his shooting boots with four excellent strikes. Bomars’ answer to the Jedward twins, Jamie and Andrew Thompson, got the other goals, Ali Turvey, Michael Conroy and Adam Shanks scored for the visitors.
Division Two leaders Bedlington Barrington Arms bounced back in emphatic style with an 8-0 home drubbing of Amble Dock Hotel.
Ashington Hirst Industrial have been in outstanding form and stretched their unbeaten league run as they hammered hosts Felton FC 6-1. Morpeth Chantry have also had some good results of late and they continued with a 5-1 win against the now-faltering River Coquet FC. Liam O’Brien, Carl Ellison, Peter Allaway, Mark Wilkinson and Andrew McKay did the damage for the hosts. River replied through top-scorer Lance Burton.