DIVISION two league favourites took on division one favourites Ashington Grand in the Alan Davison Cup quarter final. In a very even game and entertaining, game the home edged home 3-1. Scott Pocklington was on target with two penalties with Tony Browell scoring the other goal. Paul Hedley was on target for the Grand. Star players were Scott Pocklington for the Royal and Ryan Lonsdale for the Grand.
In the premier division, Blyth Comrades had two of the old stalwarts in fine form in their home win over North Shields Gunner. They beat their visitors 5-0 with goals from Jonny Van Cliffe and Terry Self both scoring doubles. Steven Molloy added the other goal. Terry Self was star player for the Comrades, with Jeff Johnson for the Gunner. Newbiggin and Whitley Bay Seahorse shared the points in a 1-1 draw. Rob Holden scored for Newbiggin with Alan Thain their star player. Scoring for the Seahorse was Ian Dunn who was also their star player. Burradon’s home game with Ashington Mortimer was off.
Division one saw Ashington White Houses poor run continued with a home defeat against Blyth South Beach 2-0. Graham Robinson was star man for the White House. Goals for the Beach came from Michael Haley and Mark Richardson. Andrew Keenan was their star man. High Street was no match for the promotion chasing Cowpen Percy Arms going down by 9-2. The Percy were too strong for the make shift Street side. On target for the Street were Anthony Harvey and Anthony Goldie. Keeper Jamie Havelock was their star player. Steven Rylatt led the scoring for the Percy with five. David Mason scored a hat-trick, with player maker and star man Ross Temple with the other goal. Whitley Lodge Kittiewake was looking for a quick double over Blyth Seahorse after beating their visitors 6-0 away last week. However, things were different this time around; they had to settle for a share of the spoils in a six-goal thriller. Goals for the Kittiewake came from Chris Appleby, Simon Gourlay and star man Gavin Hattrick. Replying for the Seahorse was Brian Gabbitas, Martyn Hepple and Mathew Wade. Star player was keeper David Hansen. New Delaval and Newsham’s home game against Blyth Masons Arms was off.
Division two saw a very much improved performance from AE Phoenix in their home game against Cramlington Phoenix. The visitors won the game by the only goal scored by Jonathan Harland. Star players were Barry Tait for the home side with Paul Avery for the Cramlington side. Ashington Central kept up their promotion push with a 7-3 home win against Blyth Ridley Park. Scoring for the Central was Jason Wilson with four. Mark Taylor added a further two, with Jordon Gascoigne with their final goal. Once again, Richard Hall was their star player. Star man Ken Hodge with two and Ross McLeod scored for the Ridley. In a very close game, New Hartley just gained all three points by the odd goal in three at home to West Allotment. Star man Andrew Shandran and Nick Jefferson scored their goals. Scott Purcell was on target for the Allotment, he was also their star player. Bedlington Community’s home game against Ashington Grand Street was off.