Wind and rain hit Alliance games

It was a difficult day all round for local sides playing in the Northern Alliance League at the weekend with strong winds and heavy rain affecting a lot of games.

Monday, 13th January 2020, 1:30 pm
Action from the abandoned game between Red Row and Seaton Burn. Picture by Steve Miller.

As has been the norm in recent weeks, a number of games were also postponed because of the weather.

In the Premier Division, Ponteland United travelled to take on Percy Main Amateurs, where they triumphed 5-0 to go eighth in the table on 16 points.

Last night (Wednesday) Ponteland were due to take on Whitley Bay Reserves at home, and on Saturday they are away to Shankhouse.

Alnwick Town were down at Gateshead Rutherford and midway through the second half the scores were level at 1-1 when they game was abandoned after a Gateshead player sustained a badly broken leg.

The Alnwick defender who committed the tackle was shown a straight red card by the referee.

On Saturday Alnwick face Newcastle Chemfica in the semi-final of the Challenge Cup at St James’ Park.

Another game which was abandoned was that between Red Row and Seaton Burn in Division 1, with the visitors leading 2-3.

This weekend Red Row, who are third in the table, will hope to play the entire 90 minutes when they travel to take on Whitley Bay Sporting Club.

In Division 2, Stobswood Welfare went down to a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Newbiggin.

The result leaves Stobswood bottom of the table on six points from their 12 games played, whilst Newbiggin are chasing the title at the other end, third onb 27 points, just three behind leaders Haltwhistle Jubilee.

This Saturday, Stobswood are away to Newcastle University A.

Also in Division 2, Ellington found themselves without a game at the weekend. They hope to get back in the action this coming Saturday with a home league match against Blyth FC, which is eighth against sixth.

In the Development DivisionMorpeth Town Reserves scored three goals in their home game against Newcastle East End Reserves, but unfortunately their opponents knocked in five, to leave the Reserves second from bottom of the table.

This weekend the Reserves will be hoping to continue to find the back of the net when they travel to take on fourth placed North Sunderland at Seahouses.

At the top end of the table, third placed Morpeth Town had a 3-0 away win over Wooler at a very wet and windy Glendale.

It was the second successive week in which the sides had met, and another three points for Morpeth lifted them up to second behind run-away leaders Ponteland United Reserves.

This Saturday Morpeth FC are away to Newcastle Chemfica Reserves.

Meanwhile, leaders Ponteland Reserves maintain their stranglehold on the division with a convincing 4-0 away win over Wideopen, and they now have a 13 point advantage over Morpeth, who have five games in hand.

This weekend, Ponteland will be hoping to chalk up another win when they travel to take on bottom of the table Red House Farm, who have yet to pick up a single point after 12 successive defeats.

Meanwhile, teams wishing to play in the Northern Alliance in the 2020-21 season are reminded that applications are now being taken – contact secretary Derek Booth at [email protected] for an application form.