Local sides make progress in Alliance League Cup
It was League Cup day in the Northern Alliance League at the weekend with a host of local clubs in first round action.
And it was a good day with the majority of them making progress, only three failing to make it into the hat for the second round.
Ponteland United were 6-0 home winners over Whitburn & Cleadon and their reward is a second round away tie against Morpeth FC, who were 3-1 home winners over Gosforth Bohemiens Reserves.
Ellington won 2-1 away to Swalwell, and they will meet Gateshead Redheugh at home in round two.
Stobswood Welfare had a struggle to beat Development side Lowick 3-2 at home. They were 2-0 up at half-time, but Lowick hit back to level at 2-2 in the second half before their late winner saw them through to meet North Shields Athletic at home in the next round.
Ponteland Reserves had a 2-1 away win over Newcastle University A, and they will face Wallington at home in round two.
Newbiggin were 5-2 home winners over Winlaton Vulcans, and will take on Haltwhistle Jubilee (away) as their reward.
However, were was no passage for Red Row, beaten 0-2 at home by Wallington, whilst Ashington Reserves went out 7-1 away to Jesmond.
And Morpeth Town Reserves also failed to make it through, hammered 17-0 away to Haltwhistle Jubilee.
Teams are back in action this weekend and for the majority it is cup action again with first round ties in divisional competitions.
In the Challenge Cup, Ponteland United are home to Blyth Town.
In the Combination Cup, Red Row travel to take on Cramlington United.
In the Amateur Cup Newbiggin are away to Wideopen & District, Ellington are home to Willington Quay Saints and Stobswood Welfare are home to Burradon, a pre-cursor to their league meeting in Division 2 seven days later.
For the Development sides it is Cowey Cup action.
Morpeth FC are home to Ponteland United Reserves; Ashington Reserves are away to Whitley Bay SC A; and Morpeth Town A are home to Wideopen A.
The following weekend teams return to full league action.