Tavern start where they left off



LAST year’s treble winners Amble Tavern recorded an emphatic 7-1 win over Bedlington Barrington Arms and, on this evidence, they’ll take some stopping this season.

Amble were lively from the outset and only the fine form of the Barrington’s debutant goalkeeper David Martin kept the scores level, although the home side’s persistence finally paid off when Lee Harper scored an absolute screamer from outside the box which rifled into the top corner.

The score remained 1-0 at half -time and despite a relatively even opening to the second half, Amble’s ruthlessness in front of goal proved decisive as a brace from Brad Wake and a four-goal salvo from the outstanding Sean Taylor wrapped things up. A consolation did come the Barrington’s way late-on though as Paul Dunn scrambled in from a set-piece.

Newly-promoted Ashington RAOB made a fine start to life in the top tier as they beat fellow new boys Amble Dock 4-0 helped by braces from Sean Gibson and Craig Robinson. They could prove to be a dangerous team this season.

Stobswood FC recorded a handy victory as they overcame Stakeford Half Moon 2-0 – the turning point being a red card for the Half Moon’s centre-half Robbie Black after half-an-hour played. Goals from Mark Oman and Steven Gibbard killed the game off.

Finally in Division One, last season’s runners-up Pegswood defeated new boys Village Inn Longframlington 5-2 in fine fashion.


There’s only one place to start in Division Two and that’s with Felton’s epic 5-4 victory over Riverside Lodge. Goals from Alex Maken, Tony Brown, Mark Coburn and a deadly double from James Jackson edged out Riverside strikes from Nathan Williamson, Darren Percy and a brace from Dan Thompson.

Alnmouth Argyle ran riot over River Coquet 10-0, assisted by four goals from Ross McKenley, a Mikey Hall hat-trick and one goal each from Ross Thorn, James Thorpe and Ryan Taylor.

East Chevington edged a tight contest 3-2 over Blackthorn Rovers aided by two goals from Smith and a Colin Reid strike, with replies for Blackthorn from David Heppell and Craig Murray.

It was far from a shaky start for the Shakespeare Tavern as they emphatically defeated Amble Blue Bell 4-1. Robert Lawton, David Chivers and Dale Wilkinson (two) were the scorers, with the Blue Bell’s sole response coming from Isaac Rows.

Freshly-relegated Bomarsund showed their resilience by defeating Northumberland HMP 3-1.